The myth of the male non-reader

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In her monthly blog post, contributor Cindy Orr takes on the notion that men don’t read. Men don’t read… women buy most of the books… girls read, boys don’t… the male audience for fiction is disappearing. The impression that reading–especially of fiction–is becoming an activity for the female gender seems to be growing. But is this generalization… Read more »

Kobo eReader review: A simple eBook reader

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Not that long ago I posted some exciting news that another device supports DRM-protected EPUB and PDF eBooks from the library. That device was the Kobo eReader. In a world where most people want ‘toys’ that can do everything–make phone calls, play games, provide Internet connectivity, and even open canned goods (okay, maybe not that last… Read more »

OverDrive Dashboard reporting tool now available

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OverDrive is excited to unveil the beta release of a new reporting tool for Content Reserve account holders called OverDrive Dashboard. OverDrive Dashboard is a desktop application that provides quick and easy access to real-time data from your Virtual Branch. Once you install OverDrive Dashboard on your computer, you can instantly monitor overall circulation, collection… Read more »

Welcome new OverDrive partners – June 2010

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Congratulations to the following library and school partners that went live with an OverDrive download collection in June! Click on any link to be directed to each library’s Virtual Branch website. The Hills Library Service (Australia) http://thehills.lib.overdrive.com Surrey County Council – eBooks and eAudiobooks (United Kingdom) http://ebooks.surreycc.gov.uk Westfield Memorial Library (New Jersey) http://westfield.lib.overdrive.com Polk County… Read more »

Most Downloaded Books from the Library Lists for June 2010

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The Most Downloaded Books from the Library lists for June 2010 represents a couple of trends including movie tie-ins, Stieg Larsson, and funny books about fathers with no filter. Topping the adult fiction audiobook list is the wildly popular title, first in the Millennium Trilogy from Stieg Larrson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  On the top of the adult nonfiction… Read more »

Deadline extended: 2010 ‘Outreach Program’ Contest

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With the rush of ALA behind us and the holiday weekend upon us, we’ve decided to extend our ‘Outreach Program’ Contest for another week. The new deadline is Friday, July 9th. There’s still plenty of time for your library to enter to win great prizes in the contest. Winners will be judged based on effectiveness and creativity of… Read more »

SYNC with Audiobook Community

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Starting today, teens will have a chance to SYNC YA literature into their earphones with free audiobook downloads. Audiobook Community, a social network for audiobook lovers led by Audiofile Magazine, has officially launched its SYNC campaign. From July 1 to Sept. 1, a weekly pairing of best-selling and classic audiobooks for young adult listeners will… Read more »