About eGO

eGO: The CT State Library's eBook Platform

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is eGO?

Q2: When will eGO be available?

Q3: Who are the partners involved?

Q4: Will the SimplyE app effectively replace the Overdrive and RBDigital apps?

Q5: Who can check out eGO eBooks and eAudiobooks?

Q6: Can I place holds on eGO eBooks and eAudiobooks?

Q7: For how long may I check out eBooks and eAudiobooks?

Q8: Can I renew eBooks and eAudiobooks?

Q9: What devices are supported on eGO?

Q10: What operating systems are supported on eGO?

Q11: How many eBooks and eAudiobooks can I check out at one time?

A1: eGO is the name of the statewide eBook platform the Connecticut State Library is developing for public libraries in Connecticut.
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A2: All public libraries in each of the three regional library systems are installed in a circulation manager for each system, and plans are in place to add three free-standing urban public libraries as well as a number of VERSO libraries in the state.  Public libraries in the regional systems are installed in the iOS and Android SimplyE apps.  Three Bibliomation public libraries agreed to live test eGO with a few selected power users each, as well as three Libraries Online libraries and two Library Connection libraries.  Testing ran from February 2019 through March.  Testing was successful, so in April we are adding public libraries from each of the three regional library systems as well as some free-standing libraries.  This process will continue through at least May.
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A3: The Connecticut State Library, the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and LYRASIS are the principal partners. The State Library spearheaded the project and is funding it; the New York Public Library developed middleware to integrate CT library users and eBook collections into the service, and furnished its SimplyE eBook app for eGO; LYRASIS will host the middleware and will connect it to public libraries; and the DPLA has developed a library Content Exchange for libraries to collaborate in the selection and acquisition of eBooks.
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A4: In eGO, library holdings in OverDrive, Bibliotheca, Baker & Taylor, and the State Library’s RBDigital collection of eBook and eAudiobook titles will all eventually be available to a library’s patrons by way of the app. However, patrons who wish to continue to use vendor specific apps to access those collections can continue to do so. SimplyE is the app that will make it possible for libraries and their patrons to access content in eGO.
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A5: Connecticut public library patrons can access eGO titles by way of their library’s online catalog in the SimplyE app.
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A6: Yes, eGO will allow users to place holds on titles.
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A7: Checkout times for eGO titles are determined by the individual libraries and vary by library.
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A8: The app does not allow for renewals at this time.
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A9: eGO’s app will be available for iOS and Android devices; PDF, Kindle Fire and Chromebook will be integrated later.
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A10: eGO’s app will run on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms and Chromebook.
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A11: Checkout limits and policies have yet to be determined for eGO.
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Latest update: 4/5/2019