You can now support your local public library by purchasing e-books in Overdrive

Was zooming through the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (the consortium the Ann Arbor District Library uses to provide e-materials) recently when I noticed something new: there’s a new “buy it now” button associated with each e-book. Several different on-line purchasing options are available (corporate and independent) and the sale is said to benefit your local library. What an interesting way to generate revenue!

Initial screen (Overdrive)

Pop-up window that appears when you select "Buy it now" (Overdrive)

Looks like a library signs up to become an affiliate in order to take advantage of the program. From what I’ve read, revenue is applied as credit to a library’s account, which can be used to purchase future titles.

Overdrive Press Release

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