Celebrating the 10 Best Books of 2012

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  Before we toss the confetti, pop the champagne, and begin loading up our devices with 2013’s hottest eBooks, let’s take a moment to reflect on the most unforgettable, controversial and record-breaking books of the past year.     “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James No discussion of the noteworthy books of 2012… Read more »

Host an eBook Treasure Hunt: Kent District Library Shares Outreach Ideas

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In a recent OverDrive/ American Library Association survey, library patrons reported visiting the physical branch 2.4  times per month, on average, while visiting the digital library 6.9 times in the same period. Furthermore, some of the patrons visiting your digital library may never step foot in the physical branch.   When marketing your digital collection,… Read more »

Last Chance To Join the Great Holiday eBook Giveaway!

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Has your library received its Holiday Bonus? Through Friday, Dec. 28—i.e., tomorrow!—your eBook orders can earn your library free eBooks. Spend qualifying amounts to earn a valuable collection of cookbooks, craft, travel, gift books, how-to guides, and more. For details, click here. Holiday Bonus packages include dozens of popular eBooks, such as:     “iPad… Read more »

Next Generation Libraries Generate Record eBook Traffic on Christmas

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Public libraries utilizing OverDrive’s Next Generation digital lending platform served a record number of eBook, audiobook, music and video titles to patrons on Christmas Day. The most dramatic growth occurred among users of iPad, Kindle Fire and Android devices. With One-Step Checkout™ and powerful, filtered search, the Next Generation library websites are optimized for both… Read more »

Holiday Gadget Close-Up: Kindle Fire HD

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Amazon has had great success with the Kindle, which has become the most recognizable eReader on the market. Jeff Bezos and company entered the tablet game with the Kindle Fire, and they’ve upped the ante with the new Kindle Fire HD.   Available with a 7-inch or 8.9-inch screen, the Kindle Fire HD features an… Read more »

The Holiday Sale Roundup

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‘Tis the season for sales, and we’ve compiled a delightfully long list of discounted eBooks and audiobooks. From now until the ball drops on Dec. 31, take advantage of these great deals:   Harry Potter eBooks Save big when you capture the magic of Harry Potter this season. All seven  eBooks by J.K. Rowling are… Read more »

Reader Engagement Soaring at Next Gen Libraries

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Next Generation websites are now live in 22 library systems around the world. Just today, we added Minnesota’s Hennepin County Library, Arizona’s Pima County Public Library, and the Ohio eBook Project.   We’re seeing increased reader engagement across the board at all Next Gen libraries. Since the relaunch of Dayton Metro Library, readers are spending… Read more »

How Next Generation Changes the Game

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If you’ve been waiting for the process of checking out library eBooks to become simple enough for your grandmother to understand, this is the season to buy her that eReader. OverDrive’s Next Generation platform changes the game for Grandma and everyone else visiting the digital library.   With the Next Generation library websites—now in pilot… Read more »