The Ohio Digital Library has a couple of new features you might not have noticed, but since they are so cool, we want to make sure you don’t miss them. Specifically, if you love magazines and/or manga, you’re going to want to read this.

Way More Magazines

There’s been some buying and selling of companies in the library world over the past year or two and I won’t bore you with the details. But the thing to know is that the same company now owns OverDrive and Recorded Books. OverDrive is the company that provides materials for the Ohio Digital Library, including magazines. Well, Recorded Books was also in the business of providing libraries with magazines, and when the Ohio Digital Library was able to combine things, ODL ended up with over 3,400 magazine titles!

To handle all these new titles, the way magazines are displayed when you search for them has been changed. Keep an eye on this space for my updated handouts soon! The important thing to know is only one copy of each title will appear in search results. When you find the right title, you just head to its record and select which issue you want to check out. On a computer, you select the issue from a dropdown menu. In the Libby App*, swipe to the bottom of the record for a list.

Media Do

Media Do is a special system for reading certain kinds of books, particularly manga and other books in Japanese, which are intended to be read from right to left. These books can’t be downloaded, so you will need to be connected to the internet in order to read them. Media Do titles pop up when you perform any search, but you can also just browse these titles if you want on the Libby App*.

Just tap Search–>More Options–>Supports (Anything)–>Media Do. You can also Refine to Media Do titles once you’ve already done a search.

And those are a couple of cool updates from the Ohio Digital Library!


*The Libby App is a free download for Apple and Android devices, although it’s not available for the Kindle Fire. It’s awesome if you haven’t tried it yet.

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