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.
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 educate consumers about the growing eBook explosion, The Digital Bookmobile will return to the road for a national tour allowing readers across the country to discover free downloads from libraries. The tour resumes today, August 1, at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland and will continue across North America, including stops in Ohio, Virginia, District of Columbia and Texas. The Digital Bookmobile will also showcase eBooks, audiobooks and more at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on September 24 and 25.
Each event will showcase the local public or K-12 library’s ‘Virtual Branch’ website where users can browse, check out and download titles anytime, anywhere with just a library card and an Internet connection. To see if the Digital Bookmobile will stop at your library, visit www.digitalbookmobile.com. To find a library near you that offers the service, visit http://search.overdrive.com/. Continue reading
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 their library card numbers.
Starting now, when customers check out a title, the device will have a box where they can check “Remember me on this device.” The device will then hold the characters in its memory for 90 days after each use. This is an optional service. If a library requires a pin, it will still be required to check out titles.
This update is a part of OverDrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements that will streamline user experience and provide access to more content. Check back to see more enhancements to your service.
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.
Dan’s interview along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.
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 PDA business model and a recent survey ebrary conducted on downloadable ebooks. I hope to get these posted early next week. Stay tuned.
This announcement from OverDrive to offer 1500 DRM free eBook titles from O’Reilly is in relation to the new WIN platform. Great news!
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 to find equitable and sustainable solutions to balance the interests of libraries and publishers. Key priorities for librarians include streamlined steps for customers to discover and borrow eBooks on a variety of platforms and devices, strong publisher support for library eBook lending programs, and additional options for digital book collections to meet the swell in demand. Continue reading
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 users to find a library that offers digital books, and then download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their device. Libraries offer bestselling titles, such as “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, which can now be borrowed and enjoyed on popular Windows Phone devices, such as LG Quantum™, Samsung Focus™, and HTC Trophy™. Continue reading
Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this.
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 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
With the exploding popularity of e-books and e-reading devices, librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate them into their services and collections. Sue Polanka is back by popular demand to present this two-session ALA TechSource workshop on how to go about it. With her practical guidance you will learn how to begin purchasing and lending e-books for your library, and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use. Continue reading