The Big Library Read

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will take part in the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital Book club through public libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. For a two-week period beginning June 23, VPL patrons will be able to borrow the eBook, A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (Pegasus Books), from southdakota.lib.overdrive.com and participate in a worldwide version of a local book club. There will be no waitlists for this popular mystery. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

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A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born. At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

“Throughout my life, I’ve loved all genres of books – mystery, romance, paranormal and historical,” said author, Julie McElwain. “Maybe that’s why I’ve included a little bit of all those elements in A Murder in Time. I sincerely hope readers enjoy Kendra’s story as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.”

Big Library Read is a free program. To get started reading, all that is needed is a VPL library card. A Murder in Time can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® [U.S. libraries only]. The eBook will be available with no wait lists and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees. The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between the Vermillion Public Library, OverDrive and Pegasus Books, publisher of A Murder in Time. The title was selected based on a survey of more than 20,000 library readers.

Attention Overdrive Users

Some patrons have been experiencing problems with their Overdrive accounts.

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Here is an update from Overdrive:
We released OverDrive v3.5.0 for iOS on Monday, February 1, 2016. Among other things, this updated version of the app resolves long-standing issues related to saving audiobook position and syncing. Unfortunately, it also introduced a new bug that prevented some users from opening or using the app after updating.

On Friday, February 5, 2016, we released v3.5.1, which resolved the initial errors and allowed most users to open the app. However, we’re now finding that some app users are encountering new problems.

Details follow, but before we proceed – we’re truly sorry for the frustration and hassle that we’ve caused you.

Note: These issues are also recapped in this help article.
Who is affected?

iOS users who read eBooks and have installed v3.5.0 and v3.5.1 of our app could potentially see these errors, but many aren’t. Audiobook users are not affected, and neither are Android and Windows app users.
What are the problems? And what are the solutions?

There are a few different problems that iOS app users may be encountering presently:
When attempting to open an eBook, an error is displayed saying that the eBook has been downloaded or fulfilled by another user or account

This error is displayed when you try to open an eBook that was already opened using another OverDrive account, library card, or Adobe ID. To work around the problems presented by v.3.5.0, users could simply uninstall and reinstall the app. Many did so, but elected to sign in to the app using their library card number instead of their OverDrive account. This created a mismatch with the authorization for any previously downloaded eBooks.

To resolve this issue, please follow these steps:

If the eBook is not on your app bookshelf, skip to step 3.
If the eBook is on your app bookshelf, tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
Tap the Delete button below the problematic title.
Tap the icon in the top-left corner and select the library from which you originally downloaded the eBook.
Sign into your library account and download the book again.

When attempting to download a book, a “Fulfillment failed” error is displayed

This error can typically be resolved by deauthorizing the app and then reauthorizing it with the same account. Please follow the steps listed here to resolve this error.
Library card information is not remembered even though the “Remember me” option is selected

We’re addressing this issue in our next update, v3.5.2. For the time being, please re-enter your library card number (and PIN, if required) and accept our apologies for the frustration.
A user’s reading history is lost upon updating the app

Because of the major code changes we made for v3.5.0, a user’s reading history was lost when they updated the app. There’s no way to retrieve the lost history, but it will be maintained in the app in v3.5.0 and up.
An “Unknown error” is displayed when attempting to download a title

We’re investigating this error presently and will address it in a future update. In the meantime, you can select the “Read” option from your Checkouts page to read the eBook in your Safari browser instead.
What is OverDrive doing in response?

We’ve made copy updates to the sign-in and sign-up pages to help users decide how to sign into the app.
We’re presently investigating and working directly with users who are receiving “Unknown Error” and “Fulfillment Failed” errors. We’re looking for ways to resolve these errors without relying on users to take action.
We’ve resolved the library card information bug, and it will be included in the next app update, v3.5.2.
We’ve also received many reports from audiobook listeners who miss seeing the part number in the audiobook player. We’re adding that back in with the next version of the app.

When will the next version of the app be released?

We’re actively investigating these problems and updating our code. We’ll keep you posted on our progress. Please know that we’re working hard to address these problems, and we’ll release an update to the app as soon as possible. In the meantime, we sincerely thank you for your patience.