Articles of Interest: Penguin, OverDrive, and libraries

February 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments

It’s been coming for months.  Today Penguin announced it has ended its relationship with OverDrive.  Starting tomorrow, it will no longer sell e-books and audiobooks to OverDrive for library lending.  Interestingly, ALA and Big Six publishers met last week to discuss library e-book lending.  In an article in paidcontent.org, Laura Hazard Owen points out ALA’s […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Audio Books · Big Six · Business Models/Pricing · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Public Libraries · Publishing · Vendor News

OverDrive use data – demand doubled but what about circulation?

January 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Below is a press release from OverDrive regarding 2011 use stats.  Clearly the demand for library eBooks has increased; “doubled” according to the press release.  While I’m thoroughly impressed by the interest and demand in content, I can’t help but focus on 4 of the statistics below. 1.6 billion book/title pages viewed by 99 million […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics · Vendor News

OverDrive expands foreign-language materials

January 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release:  OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, has added thousands of foreign-language materials in dozens of genres to its broad catalog of more than 700,000 digital titles available across the globe. OverDrive’s online catalog, Content Reserve, which contains digital books in more […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

Articles of Interest – Penguin/OverDrive edition

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off

A flurry of blog posts and news articles are appearing related to the Penguin announcement to suspend library lending of titles. Here are a few articles of interest: OverDrive Suspends Access to New Penguin eBook Titles, “Get For Kindle” Access Also Shutdown « INFOdocket Penguin Group USA to No Longer Allow Library Lending of New […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Public Libraries · Publishing · Vendor News

OverDrive, Amazon, and Privacy – INFODocket explores the questions

September 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy at INFODocket are asking some very important questions about end-user privacy when borrowing OverDrive  library books through a third party vendor site (Amazon). The post asks: Is Amazon collecting download information? Is Amazon saving library download info permanently? If not, how long will they keep it? Is there a retention policy? […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries

OverDrive Press Release about Kindle lending launch – sites up within days

September 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Just received this OverDrive press release in email: In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle.  OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) announced today that it has begun adding Kindle compatibility to all of the U.S. public and school libraries in […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries

September 21st, 2011 · Comments Off

Picked up this news from Nate Hoffelder’s tweet (@thDigitalReader) From the Amazon Press Release (9/21): Amazon.com today announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they’ll have all of the unique features they […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Vendor News

OverDrive adds ALA Editions and Information Today titles to collections

September 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

Good news from OverDrive for those librarians seeking professional development titles in eBook format.  OverDrive announced on Sept. 6th that ALA Editions and Information Today are now publishing partners.  ALA Editions is offering 75 titles, which will likely grow.  No word on the number of Information Today titles. Thanks to INFODocket for tweeting this one. […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Interfaces/Platforms · NSR Info · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries · Vendor News

OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile starts road-trip

August 1st, 2011 · Comments Off

OverDrive’s road-trip with the Digital Bookmobile started today.  I’ve never seen the Digital Bookmobile up close and in person.  Hopefully some of you can stop by one of the tour stops for a look.  The first tour last year was over 80K miles.  Here’s more from the OverDrive press release: To help libraries and schools […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

OverDrive mobile sites remember library card number

July 21st, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive blog post:  The days of having to dig your library card out when you’re trying to download an eBook at the doctor’s office (or park, or airport terminal, or a bar mitzvah) are over. With the latest update to OverDrive-powered mobile sites, users will have the option for their devices to store […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News