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Differences between Cloud Library and OverDrive

WCCLS websites and catalog will be down Tuesday morning, October 4.

Due to network maintenance, all WCCLS websites will be down on Tuesday morning, October 4, starting at 6:30 AM.
Estimated downtime is one hour. More details here.

Why does WCCLS have more than one e-book and audiobook service?

WCCLS started with OverDrive (Library2Go), as part of a nearly state-wide consortium called Library2Go. We added Cloud Library to have an e-book/audiobook service that is reserved just for WCCLS cardholders. We wanted to offer you more downloadable titles, shorter waiting lists, and more choices.

Why do you have some titles in one app but not in the other?

We’ve had the OverDrive service for longer, and some of the titles we have in OverDrive are no longer available for sale by their publishers. Also, since we started with Cloud Library in September 2014, it will take some time to grow the number of titles that we offer in Cloud Library. However, we are committed to buying more titles in Cloud Library for the time being, to ensure a good selection of downloadable titles, especially as demand continues to grow.

Can I see all the downloadable titles you have in one place?

Yes! Search the WCCLS catalog for a particular title, and if we have it in OverDrive or Cloud Library, you’ll see a record for it. You’ll see [downloadable ebook] or [downloadable audiobook] in the title. If you see a Cloud Library icon, then you’ll know it’s available in Cloud Library, and can be checked out or placed on hold in the catalog, to read or listen to later, using the Cloud Library app. If it’s a downloadable title without a Cloud Library icon, then it’s a title in OverDrive.

 

Screenshot: WCCLS catalog and 3M

You can also use the Cloud Library app or the OverDrive app to browse or search for the titles available in those platforms.

How do I know whether I should use Cloud Library or OverDrive?

If you have a Kindle e-ink reader (like a Paperwhite), you’ll need to stick with OverDrive for now. At this point, Amazon has not been willing to make their Kindle e-book format compatible with Cloud Library.

Many library users find the Cloud Library app much simpler to use than OverDrive. If you are new to downloading e-books and audiobooks, we recommend that you start with Cloud Library.

OverDrive has been in this business longer than Cloud Library, so you’ll find that their apps tend to have more sophisticated features, but you will also find that the waiting time for popular titles, especially audiobooks, is quite a bit longer in OverDrive than in Cloud Library.

If you are a more experienced app user, why not try both? You can install both Cloud Library and the OverDrive apps on your device. See which one you like better, in terms of the book selection and the features, keeping in mind that both are constantly improving. Or, if you’re a voracious reader, using both Cloud Library and OverDrive on a regular basis will let you check out twice as many titles, and place twice as many holds on digital titles.

Happy downloading!