May 27, 2022

New From OverDrive: eBook Device "Test Drive" Progam For Libraries

From OverDrive’s Blog Post:

Test Drive, a program for libraries to support demonstration and lending of eBook reading devices and tablets to their patrons. The program includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend eBook readers and tablets to patrons.

Whether you are considering providing demo units inside or lending devices outside the library, our Test Drive program will provide useful guidelines to work within the framework of your OverDrive eBook lending collection.

We are also proud to announce that the Sony Reader Wi-Fi (Model PRS-T1) has been selected as the first “Test Drive Approved” device. Test Drive Approved device requirements include compatibility with the library’s eBook catalog, direct Wi-Fi checkout and eBook download via an onboard browser or app, and copyright protection (DRM) and lending practices that conform to rules as required by publisher permissions. Test Drive devices are selected based on durability, ease-of-use for library staff and patrons to setup and maintain, as well as battery life, performance, and other usability factors.


The OverDrive Test Drive program was developed in response to recommendations by The Council of State Librarians (COSLA) [sic] from its 2010 report that outlined the need for low-cost, library-friendly eBook devices that library staff could use to train and lend to patrons. Accessibility and upholding publisher rights and library policies were among the requirements listed in that report. OverDrive’s Test Drive program gives the libraries the tools needed to effectively and efficiently develop programs to select and provide their staff and patrons with such devices.

Libraries in the OverDrive network may enroll in the Test Drive program for free at

Note: COSLA actually stands for Chief Officers of State Library Agencies

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See Also: Sony Formally Announces World’s Lightest 6″ eReader + Dedicated “Public Library” Wireless (August 31, 2011)

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