eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

February 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments

I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th.  While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services.  Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information. I also want to bring your […]

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OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools

January 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off

Those of you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting may want to stop by for a demo of the OverDrive streaming services.  The One-Step Checkout (TM) sounds great to me. Washington Convention Center, Seattle—Jan. 22, 2013—Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services […]

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Hatchette eBooks prices will increase 220% on OverDrive

September 14th, 2012 · Comments Off

INFODocket reported this news yesterday about Hatchette prices rising 220% on OverDrive beginning October 1, 2012.  For the full post, see INFODocket.  Dear Library Partner, Hachette will be raising its eBook prices on October 1, 2012 on their currently available eBook catalog (~3,500 eBook titles with release dates of April 2010 and earlier). On average […]

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OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive Press Release: Cleveland – September 13 – This month, millions of students and library patrons are returning to school and work, powering a new surge in eBook reading. To help libraries and schools meet this demand, OverDrive—the leading distributor of eBooks and other digital media to 19,000 libraries and schools worldwide—has set […]

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OverDrive announces Next Generation eBook and audiobook service

June 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

OverDrive’s Next Generation eBook Service to Extend Value of Digital Libraries (Anaheim, Calif.) – American Library Association Annual Conference – June 21, 2012 – As the nation’s librarians convene this week in Anaheim, Calif., OverDrive will present its Next Generation eBook and audiobook service for libraries and schools, further extending the value of digital collections […]

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OverDrive Read, a browser-based eBook reader to launch later this year

May 30th, 2012 · Comments Off

Great news from OverDrive about a forthcoming browser-based eBook reader.  This should really open up many more ereading alternatives for patrons who don’t have a dedicated eReading device or a tablet. More from the press release: (Cleveland) – May 30, 2012 – Leading global eBook distributor OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year […]

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OverDrive announces a series of “Big Data” reports

April 11th, 2012 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release:  Cleveland, Ohio, April 11, 2012 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) will announce at the London Book Fair (Booth X700) April 16-18, the first of a series of “Big Data” reports analyzing billions of eBook impressions and other data collected from across its network of 18,000 public and school libraries.  Data from OverDrive’s […]

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Harry Potter eBooks Now Available for Library and School Lending Worldwide via OverDrive

March 29th, 2012 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release: Libraries and schools powered by OverDrive now lending J.K. Rowling’s popular series in eBook and digital audiobook formats Cleveland, Ohio, March 29, 2012 – Ever since the Harry Potter phenomenon cast a spell on readers worldwide, fans of J.K. Rowling’s groundbreaking series have been eager for the chance to check […]

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OverDrive acquires Booki.sh, the developer of a cloud-based ebook platform

March 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

Big news from OverDrive and Booki.sh, an Australian ebook company, was announced yesterday in a joint press release.  The cloud based platform for distribution, selling, and reading brings OverDrive content a little closer to the end user.  3M also offers cloud based distribution for ebooks. More from the press release: OverDrive, Inc., the leading global […]

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Pottermore and OverDrive reach exclusive distribution agreement

February 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Big news from an OverDrive Press Release today – they have entered into an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Pottermore.  I’m thrilled to see these popular books become available for library lending sans the exclusive agreements.  Here is more from the press release: Pottermore, the online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooks created by J.K. […]

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