Tag Archives: OverDrive

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

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

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 distributor of ebooks and audiobooks, announced today it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives. Continue reading

Pottermore and OverDrive reach exclusive distribution agreement

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. Rowling and partnered by Sony, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries.  Under the terms of the agreement, OverDrive, a leading global distributor of eBooks and digital audiobooks, will manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries for the Harry Potter collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks in English and more than 20 other languages to OverDrive’s growing network of over 18,000 public and school libraries worldwide.

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Articles of Interest: Penguin, OverDrive, and libraries

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 concern about statements publishers made regarding “friction.”  Publishers felt a degree of friction existed with physical book checkout – involving 2 trips to the library.  They felt the online availability would alter the friction calculation.  My response to that….clearly they have never tried to download an e-book from the public library.  According to Library Journal’s patron profiles, 23% of ebook patrons reported being unsuccessful in borrowing ebooks because of technical difficulty, while almost 44% could not do so because of title unavailability.”  That’s a lot of friction.

Here are some articles with more of the story:

Penguin ends E-book Library Lending and Relationship with OverDrive, Paidcontent.org

Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive, The Digital Shift

Penguin Unfriends Libraries, Agnostic Maybe

Penguin Cuts Off All Library Ebooks, The Digital Reader

And others added after the original post:

ALA, Author’s Guild, and 3M weigh in on Penguin-OverDrive Dispute, The Digital Shift

E-Book Lending Library Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples with Change – Digital Book World

OverDrive use data – demand doubled but what about circulation?

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 visitors, yet only 35 million digital titles were checked out in 2011 with 17 million holds (OverDrive did not indicate % increases here).  How can we meet the growing demands of patrons when the holds list is nearly half of the checkouts?  Public librarians, is this proportionate to your print circulation/holds data?  Additionally, if 99 million people visited the site, how many of them left with either an item checked out or placed on hold?  Reading between the lines, it looks to me like 99 million visitors tried very hard to search the catalog (1.6 billion views) for an available title and most left with nothing.

Here is more from the press release:

Dallas, TX – American Library Association Midwinter Conference, Jan. 19, 2012 – OverDrive, the leading global distributor of eBooks and audiobooks, will release 2011 year-end statistics from its global network of 18,000 libraries and schools in 21 countries at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Dallas, January 20-23 (Booth 845).  Due to the rapid expansion of device compatibility and consumer awareness, eBook discovery and online reader visits at libraries and schools worldwide experienced triple digit growth in 2011: OverDrive library website traffic more than doubled to 1.6 billion page views and visitor sessions also doubled to nearly 100 million.  At the conference, OverDrive will share statistics and user profile data as well as demonstrate new digital book discovery services to help libraries meet the exploding demand. Continue reading

OverDrive expands foreign-language materials

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 than 50 languages, recently added popular and bestselling titles in Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian and Turkish with thousands of Spanish eBooks coming soon.

Recently signed global distribution agreements include: Continue reading

Articles of Interest – Penguin/OverDrive edition

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 Ebook Titles — The Digital Shift

This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time | Library Renewal

Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries | Librarian by Day

Why Might A Publisher Pull Its E-Books From Libraries? by Laura Hazard Owen « INFOdocket

Why Penguin is worried about the role of Amazon’s Kindle in libraries – CSMonitor.com

OverDrive, Amazon, and Privacy – INFODocket explores the questions

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?
  • Can you provide any info about privacy as it relates to OverDrive/Amazon?
  • Will the library books you borrow be used by Amazon to provide recommendations of books for you to purchase?
  • Is there a link to scrub all of your personal “library” data from Amazon.com’s servers with a single click?
  • Do OverDrive and Amazon.com have any suggestions about how to make the entire process clearer to users?
  • How would they respond to the issue that, since the service is being marketed by libraries, users might incorrectly think library privacy policies may still apply?

More information about this issue is available via the INFODocket blog post.