Digital Wags and Doesn’t Wag Print – and Vice Versa

August 7, 2017

For me DDA (Demand Driven Acquisition in OverDrive), and the Polaris records we load to accompany it, have become an increasingly valuable source of information on local demand for print titles as well. That’s especially true for debuts and small print authors where I really feel on the fence.  If you remember our Patron Driven Acquisition pilot, the idea of floating titles out there and collecting customer holds before committing to actual orders was a key part of the experiment, engaging readers in selection while tailoring resources tightly, in line with our values and core services.  It is interesting that DDA is performing much the same service as a total side effect of another project and purpose.

A good example is Ed McDonald’s dark fantasy debut Blackwing, which though it still lacks an official review and is from a hit and miss genre imprint, already has a 3 month prepub hold on the ebook, perhaps tipping the decision to try a few print copies.

On the other hand, there’s Canadian author William Deverell, whose latest title from his acclaimed Arthur Deverell mystery series is a reluctant pass.  The prior six titles we do not own in print.  The one ebook title we own (I’ll See You in My Dreams – #5) is the only to slip through in OverDrive and has circulated a few times in the last 6 months.  That doesn’t make picking up the whole series in print too urgent, and there really are different audience preferences in these formats.  Especially true of romance, fantasy and non-fiction categories that may have a “shy customer” issue in public buildings, a lot of types of successful ebooks never get picked up in print and perhaps don’t need to be, or at least not right now.

  McDonald, Ed. Blackwing. Ace, October 2017. 

Blackwing  Summary:                 

Set on a post-apocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…








Klassen, Julie. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. Bethany House, December 5th, 2017 (already has 12 holds on ebook!)

book cover of 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Publisher Summary: 

In the confines of Ivy Cottage, friendships thrive, romances blossom, and mysteries await! Gentlewoman Rachel Ashford has moved into Ivy Cottage with the two Miss Groves, where she discovers mysteries hidden among her books. Together with her one-time love Sir Timothy, she searches for answers–and is forced to face her true feelings.






 Deverell, William. Whipped. ECW, October 2017. 

book cover of Whipped



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