Launching eBook downloads in the UK with Luton Libraries

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Fiona Marriott, principal librarian at Luton Cultural Services Trust, shares her experience launching the OverDrive service in the UK. Being one of the first to launch a new service is always a challenge and it means that you have few people to compare with or ask advice. It can be more expensive than “waiting and seeing”… Read more »

Register now for OverDrive’s Digipalooza 2011

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Registration for OverDrive’s Digipalooza–July 28-31, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio–is open and spaces are filling quickly. Register now! Digipalooza is OverDrive’s international user group conference for partner libraries that offers a unique blend of education, networking, and fun to help your library maximize eBook and digital audiobook circulation in the library. Digipalooza features three days of… Read more »

Support for CJKT and native language eBook metadata

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The digital media industry has recently been abuzz with talk of new markets crossing the chasm of the digital frontier and embracing eBooks. Some recent news stories have even highlighted the emerging markets in Africa and China, as well as new retail outlets like Taiwan’s TAAZE. Did you know OverDrive supports the UTF-8 character set allowing catalog… Read more »

Giller Prize winner THE SENTIMENTALISTS now available

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We are very excited to announce that Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists, winner of the 2010 Giller Prize,  is now available in the eBook format–exclusively for our Canadian library partners! The Sentimentalists is Skibsrud’s first novel and marks the debut of a powerful new voice in Canadian fiction. The story follows Napoleon Haskell as he leaves his home in North… Read more »

Holiday must-haves from the library

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This holiday season promises to have some of the year’s best book releases.  Your favorite authors, including James Patterson, Tom Clancy, and Dean Koontz, have written suspenseful new fiction for your library. Dead or Alive, Tom Clancy’s new title, is set to release on Dec. 7, and tells the story of thrill-seeking Jack Ryan who is… Read more »

Announcing enhanced mobile ‘Virtual Branch’ websites

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OverDrive is excited to announce that we’ve updated the mobile versions of our library partners’ ‘Virtual Branch’ websites. This new design features an enhanced interface that makes navigating each website easier and more efficient. The mobile websites now also detect a user’s operating system, so it customizes the “browse, check out, download” process for each… Read more »

And the Twitter giveaway winner is…

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Congratulations to Aimee Clark of Iowa’s Milford Memorial Library (part of the WILBOR consortium). Aimee was randomly selected as the winning Twitterer in the @OverDriveLibs launch giveaway. She’ll receive a Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300, as well as a bonus prize package because she also liked OverDrive for Libraries on Facebook. Thank you to the hundreds… Read more »

eBooks are HOT this holiday season. It’s time to promote your collection.

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The holiday season is in full swing and now, more than ever, is the time to educate your customers about free eBooks and audiobooks from your library. Download our free, print-ready flyer to display around your library branches or in your community. (Just write in your OverDrive URL in bottom section.) If my attempt to… Read more »

Device Review: Pandigital Novel

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OverDrive supplies eBooks to dozens of major booksellers around the world. As our partnerships expand and more customers purchase digital books online, helping our retail partners determine which eBook readers work best with OverDrive-supplied content will be an important part of our shared strategy. Starting today, we’ll occasionally repost device review excerpts from our Digital Library Blog so that… Read more »