Showcase National Book Award Finalists With OverDrive

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  The National Book Foundation recently announced the finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards, and you’ll find many of these eBooks and audiobooks available in OverDrive’s catalog for libraries and schools. As anticipation builds for the National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City on Nov. 14, now’s the perfect time to share these… Read more »

New Promo & Help Materials: OverDrive App for NOOK

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Since we announced the availability of the OverDrive Media Console app for NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™, we’ve received several requests for promotional materials and help instructions.   You want it, you got it! Use the poster and web graphic on the right to inform your patrons about the availability of… Read more »

Kindle Fire Users Rejoice: OverDrive Comes to Amazon App Store

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Earlier this week, we released new versions of the OverDrive Media Console apps for Android and iOS (iPhone/ iPad/ iPod touch). For the first time, OMC is available to Kindle Fire users in the Amazon App Store for Android, making it easier to access eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive-powered libraries. (Previously, Kindle Fire users could… Read more »

LGBT eBooks & Audiobooks for National Coming Out Day

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It’s “National Coming Out Day”, a day to celebrate homosexuality and the larger LGBT community and encourage openness and pride in sexuality and gender identity. This year’s theme, “Come Out. Vote.” ties in with the upcoming U.S. election in November and encourages civic participation. I pulled a few selections from the OverDrive content catalog that can… Read more »

Sci-Fi Pick of the Month – Feed by Mira Grant

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The modern zombie novel is a battle between cliché and originality. Mira Grant’s “Feed” is no exception, relying on our conventional understanding of the shambling zombie horde to drive tension in the story. In Grant’s world, though, humanity has found ways to manage and contain the seething masses of infected. In short, the world doesn’t… Read more »

Announcing Winners of Training Month Raffle

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More than 6,000 of you joined us for live panel presentations of “Next Generation Digital Library” during Training Month 2012. Throughout September, we dug into the details of OverDrive Read, previewed the faster, streamlined Content Reserve, and discussed other Next Generation service enhancements.   And now, for the most important Training Month announcement of all:… Read more »

Most Downloaded Titles from the Library – September 2012

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It’s been a few months since we’ve published a Most Downloaded blog, and I’m happy to report that things look familiar as autumn (or Spring, depending on your geography) approaches. You’ll still find plenty of spice, from “Fifty Shades” to “Gone Girl,” while the kids remain enchanted by “Harry Potter” and engaged in “The Hunger… Read more »

OverDrive Taps Education Industry Veteran To Lead K-12 Expansion

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We recently hired education-industry veteran Don Fabricant to lead our rapidly growing K-12 eBook service. Don Fabricant—who previously held executive posts at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Eduventures and Thomson Learning—will serve as OverDrive’s General Manager of Education and Chief Sales Officer.   “I want to build on our success in public libraries and optimize our offerings… Read more »

Welcome New Partners – September 2012

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Congratulations to all of our new partners from September! Over the past 30 days, 69 educational and public libraries have launched their OverDrive collections with the majority (87%) being schools and colleges.   To complement our monstrous list of new partners, we put together a map of those new locations. Take a look.   NORTH… Read more »