Monthly Archives: December 2016

OverDrive Upgrades and Older e-Readers

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OverDrive announced information pertaining to known issues for early editions of e-readers and recent updates.

“Dear Partner,

OverDrive recently upgraded more of our services to HTTPS as part of our continued commitment to security and privacy. While this process was seamless and invisible to the vast majority of users, it resulted in compatibility issues for some older devices and software versions. We apologize for the inconvenience, and have provided solutions and alternatives below (wherever possible).

Sony Reader WiFi
Sony Reader WiFi devices no longer allow users to download eBooks directly on the device. Users can still download library eBooks to the Sony Reader software on their computer, then transfer eBooks from their computer to their Sony Reader.

NOOK GlowLight Plus
Users cannot currently open library eBooks that they’ve transferred to the NOOK GlowLight Plus. Barnes & Noble is aware of this problem and working on a fix, which should be released in a future device software update.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
Some users have had problems downloading eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 2.0 or below. As a solution, we recommend always using the latest version of ADE (currently version 4.5). Some Windows XP users have continued to experience issues after upgrading ADE, so they may still have difficulty downloading library eBooks. Microsoft discontinued support for XP in 2014, and unfortunately there is no solution for these users at this time.
A help article with this information is available for you to share with staff and users if needed.

OverDrive”

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Understanding the difference between downloading and uploading

It can be easy to confuse the terms download and upload. While downloading and uploading both involve moving data between computers over a network, the difference is in direction.

Up vs. down

1347291822-300pxDownloading is copying data to your computer from another computer, usually a server. Servers are computers you connect to via the internet that host websites, files, and other data. Even basic tasks, such as visiting a website, checking your email, or watching a YouTube video, involve downloading.

upload-icon-300pxUploading, on the other hand, is when you copy data from your computer to a server. Common forms of uploading include attaching files to emails, posting pictures on social media, or using video chat services like Skype. (Video chat is actually an example of both uploading and downloading at the same time, since you’re sending and receiving video simultaneously.)

A matter of speed

Downloading and uploading are also relevant when it comes to paying for internet service. Your internet connection is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Basically, this is a measurement of how much data you can transfer at any given time, which is also known as bandwidth.

speedtest
A test in progress at Speedtest.net. Online speed tests like this measure your internet connection’s download and upload speeds.

Most internet service providers (ISPs) provide more bandwidth for downloading than they do for uploading. This is because most internet traffic in the average household takes the form of downloading data (browsing the web, streaming videos, etc.) rather than uploading.

The difference between these two speeds is often significant—for example, your download speed might be 15 Mbps while your upload speed is limited to only 1 Mbps. In cases like this, you’ll find that it’s quicker to download a file than it is to upload a file of the same size.

To test your download and upload speeds at home, go to http://www.speedtest.net/ and click Begin test.

-Jesse

A New Year’s Resolution

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Dee