OverDrive sunsets Media Console app for BlackBerry

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Received this email from OverDrive.  Not surprising, the BlackBerry app isn’t seeing a lot of traffic. Dear Library Partner, Effective April 10, 2014, the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for BlackBerry will no longer be available to download on BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, and Playbook devices.

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No Way! Kindle owners CAN borrow books from public libraries

April 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I never thought I’d see the day!  Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here. From a Publishers Weekly article:  Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the […]

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OverDrive releases the Media console app for BlackBerry

April 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling titles, such as “The Social […]

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CIL Conference – Ebook Publishing: Practices & Challenges

March 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today.  Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive. Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer. Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing Ken reflected back to 1997 – common themes from […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Print on demand · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

OverDrive Media Console app for iPad – direct library eBook & audiobook downloads

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive Press Release: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPad® with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. The optimized app enables users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide to wirelessly download and enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from a local library on the Apple® device. Popular and […]

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200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

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’ […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics · Vendor News

OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads

January 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 […]

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More Content Added to WorldCat Local

December 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

From an OCLC Press Release:  In addition to the 200 million records contributed by OCLC member libraries worldwide, 500 million items from leading publishers, aggregators and mass digitization efforts are also now accessible through WorldCat Local. OCLC has recently added content to WorldCat Local from EBSCO; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Modern Language Association; ProQuest […]

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Primary Research Group releases Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition

November 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

For those of you interested in eBook statistics related to libraries, this looks like a good candidate. Primary Research Group has published Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition, ISBN # 157440-157-2. The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated […]

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Safari Books Online Expands Mobile Device Options

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Safari Books Online has further optimized it’s content for mobile devices.  Notes, tags, and save to custom folders options are now accessible from any mobile device that supports 320×480 screen resolution.  Sharing (even with non subscribers), enhanced categories, and use analytics are also new.  More information is available from Business Wire.  Hat tip to Resource […]

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