Category Archives: Audio Books

OverDrive Updates Media Console apps for iPhone and Android, enables one-click for Gutenberg titles

Yesterday, OverDrive released updates to the OverDrive Media Console apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android, which include the addition of one-click, automatic downloads and other enhancements to user experience.

At the same time, they’ve updated the mobile ‘Virtual Branch’ sites for libraries with a Project Gutenberg collection, enabling access to the 15,000 DRM-free EPUB  eBooks on iPhone and Android. This gives users a chance to download an eBook directly to their iPhone or Android every time they visit your mobile site without waiting lists or holds.

More information and visuals about these OverDrive upgrades are available on the OverDrive Library blog.

ALA TechSource Workshop on eBooks and Libraries

ALA TechSource is sponsoring a two-part webinar/workshop on eBooks and Libraries.  The details are below.  If you’d like to read an interview with Sue Polanka, the workshop presenter, it’s available here.

Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library (ALA TechSource Workshop)

With the recent explosion in the popularity of e-reading devices, many librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate these devices into their services and collection. In this two-session ALA TechSource workshop, Sue Polanka will provide practical guidance on how to begin purchasing e-books for your library to lend electronically and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use.
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200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats

From an OverDrive press release:  Libraries and schools worldwide were at the forefront of the eBook boom in 2010, as patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhone®, Android™, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, and personal computers. More than one million new users signed on to access free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from ‘Virtual Branch’ websites last year, resulting in a 200 percent increase in eBook checkouts and a 52 percent increase in audiobook checkouts over 2009. To find eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles from a library near you, visit http://search.overdrive.com.

Key statistics for library eBooks, audiobooks, and more from OverDrive-powered digital catalogs include: Continue reading

OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads

OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) has released apps for iPhone® and Android™ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a “Get Books” feature that guides users to their local library’s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive, including institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries. Continue reading

Ohio’s Public Library eBook Project

I attended the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians Conference today and one of the speakers was Nicole Merriman from the State Library of Ohio.  Nicole provided details on the Ohio eBook Project, a statewide public library consortium purchasing eBooks and audio books through OverDrive.  Academic and school libraries are not able to join the program anymore because OverDrive now offers an academic and school product. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Three misperceptions about the ebook business

Textbooks headed for ash heap of history?

A Student’s Stranded On A Desert Island … Tech Devices

Inside the Google Books Algorithm – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic

iTunes U Introduces Free eBooks: Download Shakespeare’s Complete Works

Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog: eBooks: Lending vs. Reselling

Forrester Research on future of ebooks: $3 billion by 2015

Will Your Local Library Lend E-Books? (Or Can They?)

Library eBooks on the iPad/iPhone, no Sync Required – Library Journal

Kindle Facts and Figures (history & specs)

OverDrive eBook app for the iPhone – Sneak Peak

Today OverDrive posted a Video Sneak Preview of their upcoming eBook app for iPhone. Check it out at the following:

Digital Library Blog Post: http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2010/11/09/sneak-preview-overdrive-ebook-app-for-iphone/

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhbV3phZ-N4

The app will support OverDrive-supplied EPUB eBooks upon initial release, and will also continue to support OverDrive MP3 audiobooks like previous versions of the OverDrive app for iPhone. The app for iPhone is currently slated for release in early December.

ALA TechSource Bloggers Discuss the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit

ALA TechSource bloggers  Kate Sheehan, Jason Griffey, and Cindi Trainor chatted with me about their impressions of the LJ/SLJ Libraries at the Tipping Point eBook Summit.  The full story is available  on the ALA TechSource blog.

New Articles of Interest

For your weekend reading pleasure:

ModernBookFactory.com: The First Complete Online Audiobook Production and App Development Service for Independent Publishers and Authors

Ebooks: the future is now – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Imagining the Dream e-Tool for Education and Training – Scholarly Kitchen

And the Best File Format for Open Textbook Publishing Is . . .

Future of the Book | American Libraries Magazine

Gutenberg eReader Brings the Entire eBook Library to Google Android Users

Future-Proofing Your E-Books

CBC News – Technology & Science – E-books: A new chapter begins

TeleRead E-Book Primer Part One: What is an e-book?

A Truly Bookless Library – Inside Higher Ed

IBooks App more popular than Facebook and Twitter

ResourceBlog Article: E-Book Roundup: New and Projected Sales Numbers …

Starting an Open Textbook? Think 100 or 200 Level Courses

eBooks in a Textbook World – American Editor

Lonely Planet’s Augmented Reality

Much awaited blio reader to launch Windows version on September 28th

The wait is finally over, well only if you own a Windows based device, for the blio reader from K-NFB and it’s partner Baker and Taylor.  There is a full story in Business Wire, but the highlights include:

  • free to download
  • available immediately (Sept. 28th) for all Windows-based devices
  • applications for iOS and Android operating systems following soon after
  • full-color, interactive and immersive content
  • today’s best-sellers as well as rich media content that’s simply not available on e-ink e-readers
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