New in Overdrive: Video and iPod-friendly audiobooks!

Overdrive has recently added mp3 audiobooks to its lineup. These mp3 audiobooks do not have the Digital Rights Management encoding (DRM) that made them incompatible with  iPods.

You’ll also find full-length movies and short films available for download! If you have a Windows computer and a Windows device, you can download movies and watch them on the go. Or, if you have an iPod like us, you can download movies and watch them on your Windows computer.

In case you missed the Intranet post, here’s a quick list of must-know information:

If you have a Windows computer and an iPod, iPhone, or iSomething-else, you will need:

  • Overdrive Media Player for Windows (version 3 or higher)
  • iTunes (turn on “manually manage music” in the settings)
  • QuickTime (version 7.4.5 or newer)
  • Windows Vista or Windows XP

If you have a Mac computer and an iPod, iPhone, or iAnything, you will need:

  • Overdrive Media Player for Mac (version 1 or higher)
  • iTunes (turn on “manually manage music” in the settings)
  • QuickTime (version 7.4.5 or newer)
  • Mac computers do not have to have Windows installed

Library members who already use Overdrive will probably be asked to download a new version of the software in order to use mp3 audiobooks. That prompt will appear once they click on the downloaded file saved to the desktop.

Last but not least, you’ll need to know the name of your book because it is listed under Songs by title.

Did you hear there are also Downloadable Movies?

First, an apology to iPod users. DRM is still encoded on each video, so you cannot download or play videos with Apple devices.

If you have a Windows computer and a Windows device, you can download movies and watch them on the go. Or, if you have an iPod like us, you can download movies and watch them on your Windows computer not on the go.

To download and watch videos, you will need:

  • Windows computer
  • OverDrive Media Player for Windows v2.0 (or newer) – longtime users may need to upgrade to version 2
  • Windows Media® Player 9 Series (or newer)
  • DRM friendly mobile device (optional) – see compatible players list for details

How will I know if my device will play audiobooks? Or movies?

If you want to know if your device is compatible with audio/video content, view the list of compatible devices. You can sort by device or by format to quickly find out if your device is compatible.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Go to Overdrive and find a book or video.
2. Checkout the item and download it to your computer. Play a little bit of the book/video.
3. Leave any questions in the comments section of the blog.
4. Take the survey.
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Election day is right around the corner and that means the library phones are about to start ringing off the hooks!

Voter Registration

We have always had voter registration forms at our libraries, but have you ever considered that to some, we are a voter registration table? By state law, we are now required to mail the voter registration forms if we are asked to. But we don’t have to wait to be asked. What is someone really saying when they ask, “Do you have voter registration forms?” They aren’t just looking for a form, they want to register.

The registration process can be challenging. Many citizens are not literate or have trouble with the form’s small print. Some are not near a post office to mail the form during open hours. By offering a little assistance with this form and offering to mail it for them, we make the library a helpful experience, rather than just a bulletin board with government forms. Maybe equally as important, many people who visit the library to register to vote are not regular library users. This could be their first and only impression of the library. We can win new library members by showing them exceptional service in this unique situation.

Deadline

The last day to register in-person (at Election office): OCTOBER 6, 2008
Last day to postmark voter registration application: OCTOBER 6, 2008

Links

Voter Registration (nashville.gov)

Tennessee ID Requirements for first-time voters registering by mail.

Vote411.org (League of Women Voters)
Features a Polling Place Locator, facts about voter registration and an absentee ballot form.

The Provisional Ballot in Tennessee (.pdf)
If a voter has registered or has not received a Voter Registration card, they can still cast a provisional ballot. Be sure they are familiar with items they can bring to the polls, including Tennessee Driver License, Residential lease agreement, Utility bill,Mortgage statement, Income tax return, Credit card bill, Bank Statement, Preprinted check or bank deposit slip, Vehicle registration.

Early Voting
All Early voting sites will be open Wednesday, October 15 through Thursday, October 30. Hermitage, Edmondson Pike, Bordeaux, Green Hills, Madison, and Bellevue Library (community center) are among the thirteen Early Voting sites. Any voter registered in Davidson County can go to any of these locations during the early voting period.

Early Voting Locations & Schedule Printable PDF