Good news! Macmillan Embargo Canceled

On Tuesday, 3/17/2020 , Macmillan Publishers announced that it would return to the library e-book pricing model that was in effect on October. 31, 2019, canceling the embargo on sales of new titles to libraries, a policy which went into effect on November 1, 2019.   See ALA’s press release:

Overdrive Managing available holds with “deliver later”

New option in Overdrive:

Managing available holds with “deliver later

In March (2020), Overdrive is introducing a new option for available holds in your library’s OverDrive collection: Deliver later. This feature gives you more control over your holds, so you can borrow and read titles when it’s most convenient for you.

To support this feature, the automatic hold checkout setting will be removed from your library’s OverDrive collection. You’ll need to manually borrow your holds when they’re available (including any current holds).

More details can be found at:

Overdrive History Page coming October 2, 2017

Dear Library Partner,We are excited to announce that a History page will be added to your OverDrive site the week of October 2nd. This page automatically displays titles a user has borrowed (beginning the day the feature is live), and users have the option to manually add titles previously read (through OverDrive or other sources).

How the History page works:

  • Each time a title is borrowed, it is added to the user’s history. At launch, a user will see an empty history until they borrow a title, or manually add it.
  • Titles can be manually added through the context menu (…) or from the title details page. For example, users can add titles they read before the start of the history, or titles read from other sources (print, purchased, etc.).

History Page
History Page

  • Users can remove individual titles from the History page through the context menu (…) or on the title details page.

Remove History

  • A user can choose to hide their history from the Settings page. If the user opts to display their history again at a later date, they will only see titles added from that point forward.
  • This has been a highly-requested feature from users over the years. We know that some users have been tracking their read titles via ratings, so the history includes an option to import their rated titles list. If a rated title is already on the history, it will not be added again.


  • Users will see personalized suggestions on the home page in a “You may also like” collection that recommends titles based on the most recent titles in their history (excluding titles that received low ratings).

If you have any questions about these upcoming changes, please let me know.

Thank you,
Matthew Jurns


*** Copied from an email sent September 20 ,2017