New to OverDrive: Reading History

You asked for it and now it's live on OverDrive: introducing the new reading history feature!

How the History page works: 

Each time you borrow a title, it will be added to your history. At launch, your history will be empty until you borrow a title or manually add a title. If you borrow a title more than once, it will appear in your history multiple times. 

You can manually add titles through the context menu via the vertical ellipsis icon (⋮) or from the title details page. For example, you can add titles you read before the history feature was added, or titles read from other sources (print, purchased, etc.).

You can "Add to history" from search results or a specific title. 

You can remove individual titles from the History page through the context menu via the vertical ellipsis icon (⋮) or on the title details page. You can remove individual titles from the History page through the context menu (...) or on the title details page. 

You can choose to hide your history from the Settings page. If you opt to display your history again at a later date, you will only see titles added from that point forward.

Importing your rated titles

If you have any rated titles, you can add all of them to your history using the "Add rated titles" button. If a rated title is already on your history, it won’t be added again.

Tracking your activity in Libby

When using the new app Libby, tapping the “shelf” button will show the titles currently borrowed as well as any holds. You’ll also find two features that align perfectly with the new reading history feature. The first is “Tags,” which help organize books previously read, books you want to read, and those you loved or hated. Tags are for personal use and are not shared with KCLS or OverDrive. You can add as many tags to each title as you like.

Tap "Tag" on a title’s details page and select one from the list or create your own tags (including emoji tags) by tapping the plus sign (+).

The second great feature on the Libby Shelf is “Activity.” This shows a timeline of all titles borrowed, placed on hold, renewed, and returned from all connected libraries. There’s also a “For your attention” section that lists expired loans, which can be dismissed. By tapping on the underlined words in the “Activity” section you can sort results to see all the books ever borrowed on Libby, those placed on hold, and much more. These two tools combine to provide detailed feedback that you can access to track reading progress and help choose your next exciting book to borrow from KCLS.

Tap on the underlined words in the "Activity" section to sort results to see all the books you've ever borrowed on Libby, or placed on hold. 

This has been a highly-requested feature from users over the years. We know that some patrons have been tracking their read titles via ratings, so the history includes an option to import your rated titles list. If a rated title is already on the history, it will not be added again.

Coming in a future release: Personalized suggestions on the home page in a "You may also like" collection that recommends titles based on the most recent titles in your history (excluding titles that received low ratings).

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