With Project Mill-E, HCPL Aims to Circulate One Million eBooks in 2016 (and here is why it matters to you).

We at Harris County Public Library believe in setting goals, and we have set a lofty one for ourselves—or, more accurately, for you, our customers: we want to circulate one million eBooks and eAudiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog in 2016.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what’s in it for me?”

We’re glad you asked.

If you already regularly check out eBooks here is what reaching the one million checkout mark may mean for you: more funding for the eMedia collection (without reducing the print materials budget), which means a broader and deeper collection, which means more digital copies of the most popular titles, which means shorter waits in request queues. It is simple supply and demand, really.

On the other hand, if you have never read an eBook, we're hoping that Project Mill-E, as we're calling it, may give you a little extra incentive to check one out. After all, eBooks have some features that print just cannot compete with:
• eBooks return themselves, so no more mad dashes to the book drop when books are due, and no late fees--ever.
• No matter how many books you download to your laptop, tablet or smartphone, it doesn't weigh an ounce more. Think about that the next time you're dragging a suitcase full of books through the airport.
• All eBooks have large print options.
• Unlike brick and mortar libraries, Harris County Public Library's digital library, e.hcpl.net, never closes. You have access to thousands of titles whenever and wherever you need it. All you need is your library card and an internet connection.

Throughout the year, HCPL librarians will be creating special suggested reading lists from the digital catalog, and if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you will be the first to know when new titles arrive. Don't forget to keep an eye here for updates as we move toward our goal.

Don't have an HCPL library card? You can get an iKnow Card right now that will give you instant access to our OverDrive eBooks, eAudiobooks and much more!

Comments

So what is our final total

So what is our final total and correct percentage? I did not get changed during the final week.

Do you turn in ebooks from

Do you turn in ebooks from hoopla? If so, how? Or does it just expire and you take no action?

Good question! Like videos on

Good question! Like videos on Hoopla, eBooks expire automatically. You can however return them early if you want (though it does not give you additional borrows for the month). Just click on the "Return" button at the top right of the title detail page.

Thanks for your question.

We have hit a Million! Where

We have hit a Million! Where are the fireworks?

We just posted an

We just posted an announcement on the front page of this site. We sent out a press release, splashed it all over our social media and there is more to come!

Thanks for the enthusiasm!

You need a new blog post

You need a new blog post about Mill-E since we are close to the goal!

Any chance we can have a

Any chance we can have a graph of the check out data over the year so far? I am interested in the number of check out per day, if possible, and the overall total as it rises in relation to the year's timeline.

I can tell you that average

I can tell you that average daily eBook checkouts is around 3,200, and that per day checkouts tend to increase on weekends. Anecdotally, the number of checkouts per day has trended slightly upward as the year progressed.

We've been tracking number of checkouts to date, percentage toward goal, and number of days left in the calendar year in the Project Mill-E box to the left. I do not know if that data has been collected throughout the year.

Perhaps when all the numbers are in, we can report on Project Mill-E stats.

Thanks for your interest and for the suggestion!

I love E books, but I have

I love E books, but I have noticed that I seem to read faster? or are the books just smaller? I know there is a difference between a Hardback and a paperback (mass printing) some stuff gets cut out of the paperback. But was wondering how different the E-book is to the Hardback and the paperback. Or is it just that I image I read faster? (my whole family has commented that they all seem to read an E-book faster too.)

Unless it says so on the

Unless it says so on the title page, an eBook is unabridged. Some of us have noticed we read eBooks a little faster as well. My theory is that the physical act of reading is just more streamlined. It's easier to hold. It's easier to turn pages. Those small differences can add up.
 

If anyone else has thoughts on this, we would love to hear them.

Thanks for your comment!

I have also noticed that I

I have also noticed that I read the eBooks faster that the print copies. And I know these are full sized copies. Reading a large book as an eBook is much easier.

I love the eBooks, but

I love the eBooks, but particularly LOVE the eAudiobooks!! I listen to them while doing housework, driving, etc. and it makes otherwise unpleasant activities a learning experience. I can multi-task! Thanks for increasing the number of titles available. Kathy

We love the eAudiobooks, too!

We love the eAudiobooks, too! One of the things we love is that you don't have to stop and put in the next CD like you used to have to do.

Thanks for the comment. We'll keep adding to the collection!

 

Can you give us an update on

Can you give us an update on how the campaign is going, so far?

Sorry! Things have been a

Sorry! Things have been a little hectic around here. Here's your Project Mill-E update:

With 73% of the year in the books (so to speak), we are at 83% of our goal to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. Things have slowed down a bit with Summer Reading over, school started and football season underway, so we need to step it up a bit. Why not unplug the phone this weekend and plug in to a few good eBooks? Start here: Overdrive Digital Media Catalog

 

thanks for the reminder!

The Mill-e Project is a great

The Mill-e Project is a great idea but since last year, I have mostly switched over to Hoopla since they have a larger selection of audio books. I also had frustrations with wanting to downloading Overdrive audio books but they were often the wrong format for my phone (for portable listening). I really like the books that offer both listening formats. One nice feature about Overdrive audio is that you can often download parts of books straight to your phone but it can be a bit clunky sometimes. Also, I had an Overdrive account but lost all of my wish list since there was a glitch on your end and I had to change my library card number. Too bad. I still have my Houston Public Library account though. Hoopla is more streamlined and plays almost seamlessly from your previous bookmarks if you must recheck a book. Also, you do not have to wait sometimes weeks to 'check out' a title like in Overdrive. Thank you for offering these services since I LOVE listening to a book while cooking, cleaning, or gardening. The above notes are just my own observations. Keep up the great work!!

I'm sorry to hear about the

I'm sorry to hear about the glitch that caused you to lose your wish list, and also that you're having problems with downloading the eAudiobooks to your phone. All of our Overdrive eAudiobooks are now available in mp3 format which should download to your phone through the free Overdrive app for Apple & Android products. Many of them are also available in the Overdrive Listen format, so for those you just want to make sure you select the correct format during the checkout process. You can navigate through the whole process of searching, checkout & download through the app, and if you click here you'll see tutorials on using Overdrive for eAudiobooks.

I'm glad you're enjoying our Hoopla Digital collection in addition to the eAudiobooks available through Overdrive. Overdrive is a one copy/one user system, which means we "own" a set number of "copies" of a particular title, while Hoopla is a simultaneous-access system, which means all the titles to which we have access are always available for checkout. Overdrive now offers bookmarks as well, if you click on the "How to listen to audiobooks" article for the type of phone you have in the link referenced above it gives you information on how to use the bookmark in Overdrive eAudiobooks. I hope this helps with some of the issues you've had with Overdrive, and I'm really glad that you enjoy our eAudiobook offerings.  Thank you for the encouragement!!

More Audiobooks, please.

More Audiobooks, please.

I’m so glad you’re enjoying

I’m so glad you’re enjoying our audiobook collection, and I wanted to reassure you that eAudio is very important to us! We plan to offer more eAudio over the next couple of months due to an increased eAudio budget, and one of the hopes we have for Project Mill-e is that we’ll be able to increase the number of eAudiobooks that we add to our Overdrive collection each month even more.  

I wanted to also make sure that you are aware of our OneClickdigital and Hoopla services, both of which offer eAudiobooks.  If you’re unfamiliar with them, check out OneClickdigital's Help page and Hoopla's Support page to learn how to get started using these services either through your internet browser or through the free apps available for Apple & Android products.  

I enjoy Overdrive, and use it

I enjoy Overdrive, and use it frequently with several library systems in the Houston area. Has HCPL considered charging an annual fee for the digital card for non-residents of Harris County or even out of state? Seems like it would be an easy way to generate additional revenue for more Overdrive selections - and provide the service to those patrons who do not currently have access to Overdrive.

Hello, How can we get more

Hello, How can we get more Spanish books? Thanks, Kj

Here is a link to our suggest

Here is a link to our suggest a title page. You can use it to tell the Materials Selection Department that you would like to see more Spanish-language eBooks. http://www.hcpl.net/form/book-or-title-purchase-suggestion

Thanks for asking!

Thank you for the suggestion!

Thank you for the suggestion! There may be licensing issues with eBooks that prohibit circulating them beyond our service area, but I will forward your idea to HCPL decision makers.

Thanks for your forward thinking and for sharing it with us. We hope to hear from you again.

 



 

Yeah!! I love the eLibrary

Yeah!! I love the eLibrary and always have both audiobooks and ebooks checked out. I will sure do my part to help you reach your goal.

Awesome! Thank you! Spread

Awesome! Thank you! Spread the word!

 

I want to help you reach your

I want to help you reach your goal, but I have 31 books on my Goodreads "want to read" list, and none of them are in HCPL's ebook system. That makes it hard to check out books. I don't know what the critical number is, but you need to have a decent selection to make it useful.

Thank you for voicing your

Thank you for voicing your concerns. We are working to expand our collection, and to purchase more titles suggested by customers.

The best way for us to address your immediate concerns regarding the 31 titles is to ask that you use our Suggest a Title form. You can use one form for all the titles and our selection department will look into the titles and give you a response.

Thank you again for your comment.

FYI the link to sign up for

FYI the link to sign up for the eBooks only card is dead: http://ecard.hcpl.net/Ecard/ecard.php

Thanks for the heads up! It

Thanks for the heads up! It seems, the link is not working on mobile devices and we are working on the issue. We've tried the link on several desktops.and laptops and it is working. We will keep you posted and let you know here when the issue is resolved.

Thanks.

I ebook mostly technical

I ebook mostly technical books which I get from Houston Public Library. Harris County does not carry very many of those. So, add technical and I will help your goal.

We have a "Suggest a Title"

We have a "Suggest a Title" page. If there are titles you are looking for that are not in our collection, please let us know. Be sure to specify that you are interested in eBook copies. Thanks for the feedback!

Depending on what you mean by "technical," you may be interested in our Safari Books Online which are the go-to source for programmers and IT pros. 

I also check out eBooks from

I also check out eBooks from the Houston Public Library. Their process for "Suggest a Title" is so much better than process Harris County Public Library uses. If I search for a title or author and don't find it, all I have to do is click the Add titles you can recommend button and it displays all the eBooks available from the author or books with similar titles. All I have to do is then click on the book I want to recommend and it gives the option to get emailed when the book is available or to automatically put it on hold and email me. All I have to enter in either is my email address. This process is so much easier and user friendly than the Harris County Public Library process.

We're glad you mentioned

We're glad you mentioned this. We are aware of the more streamlined request a title process and are looking into implementing it.

Thanks for the suggestion!

I agree with David. I also

I agree with David. I also use Houston Library and I love their method of recommending ebooks.

This is wonderful. I use

This is wonderful. I use overdrive all the time. I love listening to the book while at work, on the drive home/work, while cleaning and cooking. They are so convenient, especially when I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next in a book, having to stop because whatever I am doing needs my hands and eyes. The more items the merrier. You guys are doing a great. job, keep up the good work.

Aren't audiobooks great? I

Aren't audiobooks great? I don't know how we got along without them! Thank you so much for the kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time to write to us. 

 

This is wonderful. I use

This is wonderful. I use overdrive all the time. I love listening to the book while at work, on the drive home/work, while cleaning and cooking. They are so convenient, especially when I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next in a book, having to stop because whatever I am doing needs my hands and eyes. The more items the merrier. You guys are doing a great. job, keep up the good work.

This is great news! I love

This is great news! I love e-books for all the reasons you cited. And I have noticed that the collection has been growing, especially in the juvenile area. Which is good news for voracious young readers!

Yes! Thanks for your

Yes! Thanks for your enthusiasm!

How often will you update the

How often will you update the numbers?

We are working on a widget

We are working on a widget for the website that will update in real time, but that's not a sure thing just yet. For now, I can supply monthly updates to this blog. They will appear on the 11th of each month.

Does checking out from the

Does checking out from the One Click Digital app also contribute to this goal, or is it only Overdrive check outs?

Does checking out from the

Does checking out from the One Click Digital app also contribute to this goal, or is it only Overdrive check outs?

Good question! Project Mill-e

Good question! Project Mill-e is just for our OverDrive digital medial collection. Have you checked out OverDrive's eAudiobook selection?

 

 

thats cool!! I mean we would

thats cool!! I mean we would be highly exploring the things and technology in daily life as well... that is an amazing goal to be achieved on... thanks for sharing.. have fun

Hope you achieve your goal.

Hope you achieve your goal. But it's not for me. I like books that I can hold in my hands. My eyes get tired and dry looking at a screen, but not at a book. Wish you had a goal to speed up your in-processing. Four books on my reserve list have been in in-processing for more than two weeks. How long does in-processing usually take? I love going to the West U. Library. All the librarians are delightful, helpful and efficient. Thanks. Cyndy

Hello! We understand your

Hello!

We understand your impatience, but The "in processing"  status covers a lot necessary steps: receiving, cataloging, processing, and delivering the items. The time it takes for any item to move through that process depends on many factors including the backlog of materials in the pipeline. In reality, the length of time it takes has not changed, it is just that the new catalog handles the status differently than the previous version, so you are seeing the status earlier than before.

As always, we will do our best to get materials into the hands of our customers as quickly as possible.

Thanks for your comment.

We're glad you're as excited

We're glad you're as excited as we are! Thanks for the comment!

I loooove our digital

I loooove our digital collection! It's too bad you aren't counting Hoopla and One Click digital. Many times Hoopla has the audiobooks that I can't find in OverDrive. Very robust! I also use Houston Digital like the others and also find they have titles in OverDrive that we don't. Why is that? All content on OverDrive isn't available to libraries? But, thanks so much for these resources. OverDrive and Hoopla ROCK!