EBSCO Publishing launches mobile applications

May 12th, 2011 · Comments Off

I received an email today from Kathleen McEvoy at EBSCO Publishing.  They are beginning to release mobile applications, the first for the iOS.  eBook reading applications will follow (see last line below). More information is also available in the press release. From the email: The new iPhone app is available free from the iTunes App […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Vendor News

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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Tags: Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

OverDrive Apps for Android and iOS Updated

April 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive blog post: OverDrive has made some enhancements to the apps for Android and iOS.  They include: OverDrive Media Console for Android (v2.2) Sepia display option for eBooks Screen-dimming override for eBooks Faster EPUB performance Sleep timer for audiobooks OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad (v2.2.1) Orientation lock for eBooks Night mode and sepia […]

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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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Digipalooza III to be held July 28-31, 2011

March 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

From OverDrive (note one of the sponsors at the bottom):  Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Interfaces/Platforms · Public 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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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Mobile Devices · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

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

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 […]

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

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

Articles of Interest

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Top 10 Articles of 2010 – Digital Book World Amazon Kindle E-Reader Sales Will Keep Growing in 2011: 10 Reasons Why – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com Predictions for 2011 from Smashwords Founder – GalleyCat How to add books to the iPad, iPhone, etc. Check Out Library Books Using Your Phone […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Mobile Devices · New Products · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks · 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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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · Vendor News