January 17, 2022

Coming Soon: OverDrive Announces Book and Dates of Next “Big Library Read”

Plans for OverDrive’s next Big Library Read are now available.


The BLR is scheduled to run from Monday, February 17  through the morning of Wednesday, March 5 (US Eastern Time).

The Book

Keys to the Kitchen The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook
by Aida Mollenkamp; Published by Chronicle Books.

Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp lays an invaluable foundation for cooks in Keys to the Kitchen. This comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as color photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills. For members of the tech-savvy new generation who can’t cook but want to, this essential reference guide makes an ideal starting place and for those already at ease in the kitchen it’s full of “who knew” moments for expanding their repertoire of great recipes.

What Is the Big Library Read (in OverDrive’s Words)?

Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club, and an opportunity for your library to generate more interest in your digital collection beyond the bestsellers.

Worth noting that the reasons for the Big Library Read are different when compared to the first ever BLR last Spring.

At that time OverDrive said:

…the Big Library Read will demonstrate the impact of library eBook lending on literacy and reading, as well as on book sales and author recognition.”

How it Works (via OverDrive)

The title will be featured in a prominent location on your library s OverDrive-powered website at no cost. All card holders can borrow the title at any time during the program to participate in the Big Library Read. The title will expire at the end of the lending period for each user, not at the end of the program. During the Big Library Read program, OverDrive will measure title impressions, views, checkouts, and social media interaction to further its advocacy efforts for libraries in validating the unique and valuable role they play in connecting readers with books and authors. Aggregated data will not contain any personally identifiable information and will be shared with publishers and library associations as well as interested library trade media.

At the end of the program, the title will be removed from your collection (unless previously purchased) and available for purchase in OverDrive s Marketplace should your library wish to offer continued access ($31.19 USD in the One Copy/One User lending model). If your library has already purchased the title, it will remain in your collection and be converted to the simultaneous use model for the duration of the program.


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.