2011 Audies Nominations

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One of the most prominent book awards, The Audies, highlights the best in audiobooks from the previous year.  Announced Feb. 24, these award nominations feature 30 categories like Biography/Memoir, Fiction, History, Humor, Solo Narration, and Original Work.  Among the nominees are 2010 standouts like Delivering Happiness (Business/Educational), Fall of Giants (Fiction), Freedom (Literary Fiction), and… Read more »

Register now for the open Community Outreach training

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Looking for ways to promote your digital books? Let OverDrive help. Attend OverDrive’s open Community Outreach training on Thursday, March 3, at 2:00 pm EST. This session, open to all OverDrive library partners, will share creative and cost effective techniques for introducing new users to your OverDrive service. We will show you how to use the resources… Read more »

OverDrive now supports third-party subscription services

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OverDrive has partnered with Disney Digital Books to release a new service for library partners: Customers can now enjoy the world of Disney in a browser-based interactive online book, an OverDrive first. Channel partners can add Disney Digital Books to their catalogs using the same process in Content Reserve as other subscription services. Each title is… Read more »

My Help: Customized assistance for library users

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OverDrive and our library partners have experienced tremendous growth in the past two months. It’s true: More people are downloading eBooks and more from the library than ever before. Due to this increased usage, many of our public, school, and college library partners have received more questions about the service from first-time patrons. (What software… Read more »

Presidents Day Reads

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Today, on Presidents Day, we celebrate our past leaders. Only 43 men have taken the oath of office, promising to lead our great nation, and their legacy lives on through the thousands of stories about them. Among some of the most recent biographical works on past presidents: My Father at 100, by Ron Reagan, takes… Read more »

If You Give a Teen an eReader…

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Cindy Orr, in her monthly blog post, shares thoughts on engaging teens with eReaders. In a post about a year ago, I suggested that reading devices may be one of the few new technologies that trickle down from an older generation to a younger one, though I wondered if different devices would appeal to different… Read more »

Disney Digital Books are now available to libraries

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Libraries in the US and Canada can now bring the magical world of Disney alive for their customers with both interactive online books and downloadable eBooks from Disney Digital Books. The collection offers nearly 700 classic and new titles with lovable characters, including Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Disney Princesses, Hannah Montana and many more…. Read more »

OverDrive’s eBook & audiobook app optimized for iPad

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Today, we released OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad v2.2, which optimizes the experience on the Apple tablet. Whether users are reading an EPUB eBook, listening to an MP3 audiobook, or browsing the OverDrive Media Console library, they’ll now have the full iPad screen utilized for their enjoyment. Additionally, the app for iOS devices—including iPhone and… Read more »

Black History Month Books: Virginia Hamilton Collection

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Armed mostly with just a typewriter and Wite-Out, Virginia Hamilton created masterfully written and powerful stories. Her words could easily transport you into the story’s action. She was known to describe her work as “liberation literature,” and often intertwined ideas, like tradition and heritage, into her work to help define the lives of African Americans…. Read more »