Marketing Materials to Spark Conversation

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Spring is just around the corner and for many of us, myself included, it means we can finally come out of hibernation mode. Cheers to finally enjoying outdoor activities like bike rides, walking around town and wandering into the library! To help prepare for some additional foot traffic you may see in your library, we’ve… Read more »

Celebrate National Poetry Month with eBooks

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    April is National Poetry Month, sponsored annually by the Academy of American Poets. Here at OverDrive, we’re always game for celebrating the written word, and Content Reserve offers a number of classic and contemporary titles to enrich your poetry collection year-round. Here are a few eBooks to whet your users’ appetites for verse:… Read more »

Tech Tips: Windows 8 and OverDrive Media Console

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Windows 8 was a drastic shift in the Windows universe. We saw an operating system that moved away from the desktop environment we’re all quite used to, and brought the tiled Modern UI. I can’t lie to you, I’m still not quite into the new look and feel, since most of my experience has been… Read more »

Help Patrons Prepare for National Park Week

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              Free eBooks and audiobooks from your library should automatically rank highly among the best ideas ever, but the claim that the national parks are “America’s Best Idea” does hold some merit. This year’s National Park Week runs April 22 – 26, where every one of the 398 national parks waives the entrance fee… Read more »

Infographic: eReading on the Rise

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Readers of all ages are discovering the power and convenience of eBooks. The results of a recent Pew Research Center study show that eBook reading is on the rise across every age group. At the same time, people are reading fewer physical books. More than half the population still reads physical books, but the percentage… Read more »

BOT, Listening Library Now Offer MP3 Audiobooks

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Books on Tape (BOT) and Listening Library, both divisions of Random House, have been producing top-notch audiobooks for adults and children since 1975. Now, for the first time, the publishers are offering more than 3,500 audiobook titles in MP3 format. The availability of MP3 format extends the reach of these bestselling BOT and Listening Library audiobooks, making… Read more »

SirsiDynix Conference Spotlights OverDrive APIs

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The annual Customers of SirsiDynix Users Group, Inc. (COSUGI) conference is taking place in Salt Lake City this week. During this morning’s session, OverDrive C.E.O. Steve Potash was introduced as a key partner and API integration success story. Through eResource Central, SirsiDynix-powered libraries will soon enjoy seamless integration with OverDrive’s digital catalog, providing a single… Read more »

OverDrive Launches Redesigned Website, Partner Portal

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Earlier today we relaunched our corporate website (www.overdrive.com) and launched the OverDrive Partner Portal (partners.overdrive.com), a dedicated site where our school and library partners can access resources like the Learning Center, Marketing & Outreach tools, and information about service enhancements like Test Drive and WIN Catalog. We also launched a new page for OverDrive Media… Read more »

OverDrive’s Library eBook Tournament: Round 2

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  Round 1 of our Library eBook Tournament included landslide victories, surprise upsets, and hard-fought battles. The largest margin of victory occurred in the East region, where Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (65%) walloped Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” (35%). The closest contest took place in the West between Janet Evanovich and… Read more »

OverDrive Announces Library eBook Leaders

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Last year, readers browsing OverDrive-hosted library websites generated 2.7 billion page views and checked out more than 70 million eBooks and audiobooks. Today, OverDrive announced Library eBook Leaders for 2012, recognizing the libraries achieving the greatest growth and exposure for their eBook and audiobook catalogs.   Public libraries lending the most eBooks and other digital… Read more »