New interview with OverDrive’s Dan Stasiewski about the WIN Platform

July 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

During the ALA Conference I interviewed Dan Stasiewski, Public Relations Manager at OverDrive.  Dan and I discussed the new WIN platform and the enhanced OverDrive Help which will launch in a few months.  Dan provides some details on DRM, formats, patron-driven acquisition, and simultaneous use titles. For more information, visit or the Overdrive blog.  […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Mobile Devices · New Products · Patron Driven Acquisition · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

Forthcoming audio interviews for NSR – OverDrive, Britannica, ebrary

June 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

ALA is a great time to connect with librarians and publishers for audio interviews.  Today I met with Dan Stasiewski at OverDrive to discuss the new OverDrive WIN platform features and Rick Lumsden from Encyclopaedia Britannica to discuss the new Britannica eBook platform.  Tomorrow I’ll be with Matt Barnes of ebrary to discuss the new […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · NSR Info

OverDrive to provide DRM-free eBook titles from O’Reilly Media

June 21st, 2011 · Comments Off

This announcement from OverDrive to offer 1500 DRM free eBook titles from O’Reilly is in relation to the new WIN platform.  Great news! More from the press release:  OverDrive announced today that booksellers, libraries, and schools in its global network will soon have access to DRM-free eBook titles from O’Reilly Media. The publisher’s entire eBook […]

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Tags: DRM · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Publishing · Vendor News

New – OverDrive WIN – platform enhancements that support libraries and offer patron driven acquisition

June 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

Great news from Ohio today – the Ohio Metro Library Directors and OverDrive met to discuss various eBook challenges.  OverDrive will launch Overdrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements this June. More from the press release: As a result of unprecedented demand for eBooks, library directors, advocacy groups, and readers challenged leading eBook supplier OverDrive […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Discovery · Ebook Readers · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Patron Driven Acquisition · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Publishing · Vendor News

OverDrive app for Windows phone now available

June 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

More great news for OverDrive users.  The new Windows phone app is available for download from the Windows Phone Marketplace. More from the press release:  Readers at 15,000 public, school, and corporate libraries can now download eBooks and audiobooks directly to their Windows Phone with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. This new app enables […]

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

Articles of Interest

June 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this. News: The E-Reader Effect – Inside Higher Ed Ten must-have iPad apps for readers, by Jane Litte | TeleRead Kindle/Nook Touch comparison review | TeleRead E-Readers and the Future of Reading: Notes from Florida Nook WiFi and Kobo eReader […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Google Books · Patron Driven Acquisition · Public Libraries · Publishing · Textbooks · Vendor News

ALA TechSource webinar series – Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

June 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

ALA TechSource has just opened registration for the upcoming webinar series on e-books and e-readers.  I hope you can join us. Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library with Sue Polanka Two 90-minute sessions Thursdays 8/4/11 and 8/11/11 2:30 – 4:00 PM EDT | 1:30 – 3:00 PM CDT 12:30 – 2:00 PM MDT | […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Patron Driven Acquisition · Preservation · Public Libraries · School Libraries

OverDrive accelerates eBook distribution for K-12 and higher education markets

May 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release: Educational and academic publishers can now reach schools around the world with hundreds of K-12 and higher education libraries now in OverDrive’s global network. New eBook publishers supplying to OverDrive-powered school, college, and university libraries include Houghton Mifflin, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Kaeden Publishing, Barnes Report, and ALA Editions. They join […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries · Vendor News

Open Access eBooks, part 4, by Eric Hellman

May 12th, 2011 · Comments Off

From Eric Hellman’s blog, Go To Hellman – The fourth section my book chapter on Open Access eBooks looks at theier relationship with libraries.  I previously posted the Introduction,  What does Open Access mean for eBooks and Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books. I’ll be posting one more section, a conclusion. Thank you […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · EPUB · Formats · Open Access · Preservation · Publishing

Self-publishing author J.A. Konrath to headline OverDrive’s Digipalooza 2011

May 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

From OverDrive:  Author and self-publisher J.A. Konrath (a.k.a. Jack Kilborn) will be a featured speaker at Digipalooza 2011.  Konrath has authored 22 eBook titles that are available through OverDrive public, school, and college libraries. He has sold more than 300,000 eBooks. OverDrive’s 3rd international user group conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, July 28-31, […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Self Publishing · Vendor News