info-pros know this ebook search tip

February 1, 2011

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here’s the good news–last month library customers checked out nearly 7,000 ebooks.   the bad news is last month library customers checked out nearly 7,000 ebooks.   this is bad because the entire collection contains 7,682 copies of 7395 titles.

this means that casual browsers will see a lot of this:  place a hold.

show off your inforpro chops by demonstrating the advanced search feature and help your customers  turn a frustrating browsing experience into a pleasant one–here’s how.

  1. click advanced search  (upper right corner of page)
  2. under format select Adobe EPUB eBook *
  3. select 25 from  the results per page dropdown menu
  4. check the “only show titles with copies available” box
  5. leave title and author fields blank
  6. click ‘search’.

voila!  page after page of available ebooks.

your results can then be sorted by

  • title (this is the default sort)
  • release date
  • author
  • publisher (great for harlequin romance readers)
  • most popular
  • date added to the site (newest additions to the collection)

* there are two formats of ebooks  — PDF and EPUB–the advanced search feature doesn’t allow CTRL clicking of both  😦 so i chose EPUB because it has more titles/copies than the PDF format. to look at all the available choices a customer would need to perform the same search but select PDF as the format.

what’s the difference–why two formats?

i’m generalizing but for sake of brevity, PDF is the older of the two formats–it’s great for items that have images.  some titles are only available in PDF format.  EPUB-the newer of the two formats–works fine for novels, and most nonfiction.  Both formats are equally compatible with ereaders, computers, and smartphones.

posting by jim

 

 

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3 Responses to “info-pros know this ebook search tip”

  1. Anne Says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  2. Chris Says:

    Good to know stats, great to know how to search for the available copies!

  3. siloak Says:

    It is really great to know stats and search tips. Thank you!


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