eBook Integration

From integrated search results to eBook account management, Pika is a complete eBook solution for OverDrive customers.

eBooks appear grouped alongside physical titles, so patrons can decide which format best suits their needs from a single web page.  With complete support for the OverDrive APIs, the catalog search results reflect availability changes in real-time.  Patrons can also checkout titles and place holds directly from search results or full records. Full support for OverDrive Advantage is also included for consortia. 

Titles that are checked out or on hold from OverDrive are integrated into the Pika account pages.  Items can be downloaded from Pika onto the patron's device without needing to go to the OverDrive website (patronss still need the OverDrive app or an ebook reader).  Or, if patrons prefer, they can use the read online or listen online options without the OverDrive app.  Returning items is easy with the Return Now button. 

 

Easy integration with additional eContent providers

Pika allows eContent to be loaded into Pika directly without loading them into your ILS via automated sideloading. We have loaded content from sources including:

  • ebrary
  • EBSCO
  • Hoopla
  • Colorado State Gov Docs
  • OneClick Digital
  • Zinio

Sideloading saves technical services time since they don’t need to load records into the ILS.  In many cases eContent files can be fetched directly from the provider via FTP site or similar which allows technical services to setup the collection once and get regular automatic updates without additional intervention.