Next Generation Library Services Shine in Seattle

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We’re just returning from the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, where we showcased Next Generation services like streaming video and audio, APIs, and our HTML5-powered eBook reading technology OverDrive Read.   Throughout the show, we hosted theater presentations covering topics including collection development news, marketing ideas, school eBooks, and our Next Generation digital… Read more »

Pew Study Confirms eBook Reading on the Rise

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A recent study released by the Pew Research Center reveals that, while reading remains as popular as ever, the way people are reading continues to take a digital shift.  In the past year, nearly a quarter of all Americans  aged 16 and older  read an eBook, up from 16 percent just a year ago. The… Read more »

Frisco Students Read More with OverDrive eBooks

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Ann Terry is the librarian at Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. In 2011, she helped the Frisco Independent School District launch a comprehensive eBook initiative with OverDrive. Now, Frisco’s elementary, middle and high-school students—and their parents and teachers—have access to a rich collection of popular and educational eBooks and audiobooks, anytime, anywhere, on… Read more »

Win a Kindle Fire HD in OverDrive-Edutopia Giveaway

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Edutopia, an educational initiative of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is committed to finding and promoting “What works in education.” The Edutopia website shares strategies and ideas for empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact.   Every day, school eBook-lending libraries help… Read more »

TLC Integrates OverDrive APIs into Library Platform

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OverDrive APIs are enabling libraries and approved vendors to integrate OverDrive content into a wide range of apps and discovery platforms. Just last week, The Library Corporation (TLC) implemented the Status and Availability APIs into its LS2 PAC. The integration gives library patrons browsing TLC-powered catalogs the ability to see OverDrive item status, as well… Read more »

OverDrive Hosting Theater Presentations at ALA Midwinter

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Throughout the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle this weekend, we’ll be hosting theater presentations at Booth 1115. These live sessions will cover topics including new collection development opportunities, marketing and outreach ideas, eBooks in schools, and updates to our Next Generation digital library platform.   If you’re at ALA Midwinter, we invite you… Read more »

Coming Soon: Macmillan eBooks for Libraries

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Before the end of the first quarter, Macmillan will offer a selection of popular eBooks for lending at OverDrive-powered public libraries in the United States. Under this pilot program, libraries will have access to more than 1,200 titles from Macmillan’s Minotaur Books imprint, featuring award-winning authors such as Olen Steinhauser and Julia Spencer-Fleming. (Read the… Read more »

Library eBooks Are Coming to Game Consoles

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Library eBooks are coming to Nintendo Wii U. OverDrive’s investment in HTML5 browser standards means that readers can access library eBooks anytime, anywhere, on an ever-increasing array of devices—including popular game consoles.  This weekend at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, OverDrive will demonstrate how readers can use OverDrive Read to browse, sample… Read more »

Nine Things You Should Know About OverDrive Read

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By now, you’ve probably heard about our new HTML5-powered,  eBook-reading technology, OverDrive Read, which lets users enjoy your library’s EPUB titles on any device with a modern web browser.  Last summer, we launched OverDrive Read samples for all library partners, and the technology is a key element of the Next Generation library websites we’re currently… Read more »