Get the word out about OverDrive before holiday shopping begins

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It’s hard enough to believe Halloween is just around the corner, but I was shocked while shopping at Macy’s department store last weekend where winter holiday decorations are already on display. You know what this means — holiday shopping will soon be in full swing, and eBook readers and mobile devices are forecast as the hot items… Read more »

LibraryBIN – Generate revenue for your ‘Virtual Branch’

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Looking for a new way to earn credit toward developing your digital collection? Try LibraryBIN (‘Buy It Now’). The newest digital bookstore from OverDrive is like an online library gift shop, offering your patrons the chance to buy popular and best-selling eBooks and audiobooks, with most of the LibraryBIN profits going back to libraries. Each… Read more »

I read banned books!

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On the heels of The National Book Festival, we celebrate the freedom to read about the supernatural (witches, vampires, magic, and things that go bump in the night); and the right to read about issues and subjects that are ever-so-present in our society: racism, poverty, and discrimination. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of… Read more »

Announcing the OverDrive Library Advisory Council

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At OverDrive, we’re continuously enhancing digital services for libraries. With many new features, apps, and licensing models currently in development, it is essential that we gather regular input from our library partners. While we have always done so in the past, today we are announcing a new avenue for collecting information: the OverDrive Library Advisory… Read more »

eBook Devices Cheat Sheet: A librarian reference tool

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What’s one of the most common questions I’ve received recently from OverDrive library partners regarding eBooks? ‘Is the Kindle compatible with the Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks my library offers?’ The answer to that question is still, unfortunately, no.  This always leads to the follow-up question: ‘Why isn’t the Kindle compatible?’ The short answer is… Read more »

Oprah picks Franzen’s FREEDOM

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Bloggers and tweeters are now going crazy, as moments ago it was officially announced that Oprah picked Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom as her 65th Oprah’s Book Club selection.   The Oprah Show, a beloved piece of daytime television has entered its final season.  She has spent the better part of 25 years interviewing celebrities, giving away… Read more »

Lend Your Voice community-sourced audiobook now available

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At the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in June, hundreds of librarians, authors, and DC residents visited OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile to narrate pages from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Now the community-sourced audiobook, recorded by Random House Audio, is available for free to your library. All the narrators did a fantastic job–from the professionals, like NPR’s… Read more »

Last Chance to Register for OverDrive’s Training Month

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It’s hard to believe OverDrive’s Training Month is half over! Thanks to all who have participated so far. Check out these milestones that you’ve been a part of: 5,500 participations in Training Month as of September 15. Over 345 library systems/consortia registered. 6 countries participating including library staff from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, New… Read more »

OverDrive at the Ohio Library Council 2010 Expo

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Last week, Willie Eaton and I participated in the 2010 Ohio Library Council Convention & Expo. This year’s theme, “Strike it Rich”, was quite fitting as last year’s annual expo was canceled in lieu of Ohio libraries’ budget cuts. Having attended OLC’s Expo two previous times, there was certainly a new energy this year; an… Read more »