Add “Buy It Now” for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

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It’s hard to pin down my favorite holiday, but if I had to choose, then Thanksgiving would be a top contender. Planning for Thanksgiving – scouring the internet for new autumn-themed recipes, making lists of ingredients, browsing for orange, red and brown décor – is almost as fun as the day itself. Along with the… Read more »

AASL 2013 conference wrap up

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  What do you get when you cross 2,400 school librarians and the world’s leading distributor of digital content? Lots of excitement in the OverDrive booth at the AASL Conference in Hartford, Conn.!   It was a busy few days with lots of exciting events and announcements: The long-awaited debut of the school version of… Read more »

Grab the popcorn: OverDrive is going Hollywood with Streaming Video!

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OverDrive’s much-anticipated Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library ( with great success. The Streaming Video service is a convenient and exciting way to instantly watch videos anytime, anywhere, on any computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection.   Adding Streaming Video titles is completely… Read more »

Can you hear me now? Audiobook checkouts hit the roof in 2013

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Audiobooks are on fire! In the past year, OverDrive mp3 audiobook checkouts have gone through the roof, growing 127% from November 2012 through October 2013. Total checkouts exceeded 13 million just in 11 ½ months. Last month saw more than 1.4 million checkouts, and this month is on pace to double last year’s November checkouts…. Read more »

Stop by and see us! OverDrive is at AASL, Booth #313

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If you will be at AASL (American Association of School Librarians) National Conference and Exposition November 14-16 in Hartford, Conn., stop by booth #313 to learn more about  OverDrive’s exciting new service offerings, upgrades and more! See a demonstration of our school digital library websites, complete with enhanced functionality, features and design. The upgraded school… Read more »

Native American Heritage Month: A celebration

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  November is Native American Heritage Month. Tribal nations throughout the United States are celebrating their heritage with unique and historical traditions. This year’s celebratory theme is Guiding Our Destiny With Heritage and Tradition as set by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. So let your mind and heart be drawn to the stories and voices… Read more »

Celebrate Young Reader’s Day!

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If you are reading this then I can probably safely assume you enjoy reading. You probably have a favorite book, a favorite author, a favorite literary quote even. Maybe it’s tattooed on your ankle or written above your doorway or maybe you are like me, the words are so engrained in who you are they’ve… Read more »

OverDrive at Elementary: Getting the word out to parents and students

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  Working at an elementary school poses certain challenges in making students aware of and getting them to use OverDrive. This year I decided to kick up my efforts a notch in regards to publicizing OverDrive to parents and students.   In September, we participated in OverDrive’s “Big Library Read.” I host book clubs every… Read more »

Podcast: New and featured content for November

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  Hear all about the latest publishers to join OverDrive Marketplace in our November collection highlights podcast, now available on OverDrive’s Learning Center.   This month’s featured publishers boast award-winning romance titles, Spanish-language audiobooks, professional development content for educators, eBooks that teach readers how to play popular instruments, and much more. We also share big… Read more »