Sergio Poveda | Staff Reporter
February 6, 2015; 1:59 p.m.
Recently, graphic novels, studies of the universe, Ellen Degeneres’ best jokes, the works of Cormac McCarthy and more items became available to be downloaded for free. LU’s Butler Library recently digitized countless books, audiobooks and magazines into its virtual catalog.
Waiting for new users, a mosaic of knowledge is placed within categories such as “Featured Collections,” “Audiobook Fiction,” “Audiobook Nonfiction,” “eBook Fiction” and “eBook Nonfiction.”
First, readers must visit the site http://app.overdrive.com/ and get the application. Then, open http://lindenwood.lib.overdrive.com/ and select the title of their preference. Overdrive stores the files to be either downloaded or used right away.
Lindenwood invested a “substantial amount” in bringing this service out, LU Archivist Paul Huffman mentioned. Butler Library, in connection with Overdrive App, offers 2,157 audiobooks, 563 eBooks, 16 videos, and 39 magazines.
Huffman, who has promoted this service since 2007, said, “As the world becomes more digital students rely on digital resources… These types of items surpass many barriers: the library’s schedule, for instance.”
Sophomore Lea Rosenmiller has downloaded multiple books like The Norton Anthology. She said she conveniently carries eBooks on her phone or laptop.
Likewise, this new technology is well liked because it paves the way for a successful academic formation. For instance, international student Xawin Kaewlehien stated, “I currently manage a bunch of audio books and e-Graphic novels in my pocket which has increased my English vocabulary notably.”
According to Butler Library database, students download an average of seven items per day. These stats display that literary pieces occupy the top five eBooks preferred by LU students:
- “How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less” by Nicholas Boothman.
- “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin
- “1984” by George Orwell
- “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu
- “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri