Open Library adds digital lending with OverDrive integration

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Internet Archive recently announced that it has integrated digital lending into its Open Library. Part of that update includes cataloging all the PDF and EPUB eBook titles currently available at OverDrive-powered library websites and linking to the title page on OverDrive Search.  (As we outlined in a previous post, users can easily find a local library… Read more »

Beyond US shores: Global reach for EPUB

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With the International Digital Publishing Forum’s EPUB 2.1 work underway, many more non-US stakeholders are contributing their input to update the EPUB standard to accommodate non-Roman characters (e.g., Japanese, Korean, Hebrew). And on the sales and distribution side, consideration is being given to practices and requirements of international markets by groups like the BISG. Looking back,… Read more »

Goooooal: A custom World Cup promo from HarperCollins Publishers Ltd and Sony

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Publishers frequently ask us how they can gain mindshare and visibility through our channels. We have a host of marketing options already available to publishers including eNewsletter features, pre-sale, and download standing order plans. We know that publishers, however, have their own initiatives and campaigns in their digital strategies. In the run up to the World… Read more »

Register Now: OverDrive’s Open Community Outreach Training

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Summer is here…(that is if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and if you’re planning to take a vacation in July, don’t leave without attending our Open Community Outreach training. The next session is Thursday, July 1st at 2:00 PM EDT. This free, online session will share easy, creative, and cost-effective ways to increase awareness about downloadable books in… Read more »

Kobo eReader is compatible with library eBook downloads

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Our Support Team filled me in on the preliminary testing results for the Kobo eReader and it appears to be good news. The Kobo eReader, available in Canada and the United States, is compatible with Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks downloaded from the library. Our Support Team will be completing their full round of testing… Read more »

See OverDrive at ALA in Washington, DC #ala10

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If you or any of your colleagues are headed to ALA Annual in Washington, D.C., June 25-28, be sure to visit OverDrive at booth #1741. We plan to unveil a series of new initiatives to enhance your OverDrive service, including the OverDrive Dashboard reporting application, Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP), DRM-free eBooks, eBook apps for mobile devices, and much… Read more »

Welcome to OverDrive’s Digital Distribution Blog

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Nearly a year ago, we launched the Digital Library Blog to keep partners up to speed on OverDrive’s digital services for libraries. But there’s a story we weren’t telling in our library blog—the story of our more than 1,000 publisher partners and our combined efforts to distribute digital content. OverDrive has a vast global network of libraries,… Read more »

Lend Your Voice on the Digital Bookmobile at ALA

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Always wanted to be an audiobook narrator? Well, you’ll get your chance at ALA in DC. We’re teaming with Random House Audio so you can “Lend Your Voice” to a community-sourced audiobook production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The recording studio will be housed inside the Digital Bookmobile, which will be parked across from… Read more »

Great books for Dad

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This Sunday we honor fathers, the men who made us laugh, taught us to change a tire, and encouraged us to go for our dreams. Instead of a new neck tie or golf club, why not try a book that can make a lasting impression. Sh*t My Dad Says by comedy writer Mark Halperin is… Read more »