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Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

This is a great idea.  I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.  I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.

Cleveland, May 16, 2013 – Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.

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OverDrive’s Digipalooza, August 1st – 4th

I’m not an OverDrive customer, but I’ve always wanted to attend the Digipalooza conference.  It looks like it is very educational and entertaining.  Registration is open.  Visit www.digipalooza.com for more information.  Here’s a bit from the site:

OverDrive’s International User Group Conference for partner libraries, Digipalooza offers a unique blend of education, networking and fun.
Education & Best Practices from Leading Librarians
Learn how to maximize the value and circulation of eBooks, digital audiobooks and other media through best practices from experienced library staff, demonstrations of the latest software, devices, and mobile applications, as well as tips and tools for increasing awareness and addressing today’s trends.

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eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

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 attention to a few must read reports.  First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models:  A Scorecard for Public Libraries.   Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition).  The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading

OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools

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 will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Continue reading

Hatchette eBooks prices will increase 220% on OverDrive

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 prices will increase 220%.

Orders for Hachette eBook titles at current pricing must be submitted in Content Reserve by 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, September 30, 2012. This includes any orders that are currently in your Content Reserve work queue as well as new orders created during the remainder of the month. Any orders with Hachette eBook content left in your work queue and submitted after September 30th will be processed under the new pricing.

Effective October 1, 2012, the new prices will be reflected in Content Reserve.

Regards,

OverDrive Collection Development Team

OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

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 live more than 40,000 newly available eBook and audiobook titles in the past month. New publisher partnerships have helped OverDrive add thousands of popular and niche titles to its industry-leading catalog, which currently holds more than 800,000 in-copyright titles.

To add titles to OverDrive-powered library and school collections, selectors can visit www.contentreserve.com, where they’ll find pre-selected lists and other useful collection development tools. Many of these titles are available for less than $10, with many others under $20. Continue reading

OverDrive announces Next Generation eBook and audiobook service

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 everywhere. In response to feedback gathered throughout its network of 18,000 libraries and schools, the distributor of eBooks and other digital media is rolling out new features and updates that prioritize ease of use, on demand access across mobile and desktop platforms, and integration with library discovery tools. OverDrive will showcase its Next Generation digital library service throughout the American Library Association Annual Conference (Booth #1362) in Anaheim, June 21 to 26. Continue reading

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

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 a new eBook reading platform, “OverDrive Read.”  Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.  Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device.  OverDrive will demonstrate this new eReading platform at Book Expo America, in New York City, June 5-7, 2012 (Booth #4340), as well as at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-25. Continue reading

OverDrive announces a series of “Big Data” reports

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 global library network to be made available to participating libraries and publishers includes information about eBook and digital audiobook title circulation, book demand and holds as well as web traffic and general demographics.  OverDrive’s data reports were developed in compliance with library privacy policies and do not include any identifying user information. Continue reading

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

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 out the novels in digital format from libraries and schools. Now, library patrons and students worldwide can borrow and enjoy their favorite Harry Potter titles on all major eReading devices, thanks to an agreement between Pottermore—the online home of Harry Potter—and OverDrive, the leading eBook supplier to libraries and schools.  The seven-book series is now available in eBook and digital audiobook format at more than 18,000 libraries and schools in more than 20 countries.

To find a participating library or school in the OverDrive network or to launch a digital collection in your library or school, visitwww.overdrive.com/harrypotter.  OverDrive enables libraries and schools to increase reading and literacy with access to Harry Potter and more than 700,000 eBooks, audiobooks, music and video across a full range of subjects.

“Harry Potter has had an unprecedented impact on multiple generations of readers,” said Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive.  “Now that the stories are available for lending in digital formats, libraries and schools worldwide have a powerful new way to reach readers of all ages. Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks have the potential to immerse a new wave of readers in J.K. Rowling’s captivating adventures and inspire a lifelong passion for books and reading.”

The Harry Potter collection is available in EPUB eBook format (and Kindle in the U.S.) as well as MP3 audiobook format.  Initially available in English, additional versions will be available in French, Italian, German and Spanish soon. Readers can access this exciting content  on all major devices, including PC, Mac®, Sony® Reader, Kindle® (U.S. only), NOOK™, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, BlackBerry®, and Windows® Phone.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH. www.overdrive.com

Contact:
David Burleigh
OverDrive, Inc.
+1 216-573-6886 x218
dburleigh@OverDrive.com