Track your download success with real-time reports

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Have you ever wondered about the activity of your download collection with OverDrive: overall checkouts, subject circulation, number of users, etc.?  If so, you’re in luck. This information and more are available online using Content Reserve reports. With more than a dozen useful real-time reports, you can track your library’s or consortium’s circulation and other performance… Read more »

OverDrive Advantage: Greater access to more content

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We just launched a powerful new tool that enables libraries to meet the growing demand for digital content, OverDrive Advantage. OverDrive Advantage allows member libraries of a shared system to create a custom collection for their community within the existing download website while maintaining access to the shared collection. Whether you want additional copies of a popular… Read more »

ChineseAll eBooks – A big hit in NYC

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This past weekend, I was in NYC at the Digital Bookmobile event with the New York Public Library – Seward Park Branch, near Chinatown. NYPL circulates tens of thousands of digital audiobooks and eBooks each month, but in a city with millions of people, a majority is still unaware that the download service even exists. During the day, hundreds… Read more »

Use Community Reserve to share unique resources

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Guest blogger Cynthia Orr encourages libraries to share local content on their download websites in her monthly blog post. Community Reserve is a free tool that OverDrive libraries can use to upload their own content to share with their patrons as well as those of other libraries. About 400 works in all formats have been shared… Read more »

Halloween treats for your ‘Virtual Branch’

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It’s that time of year again when co-workers bring in too much fun size candy, scary movies with unrealistic monsters are on almost every channel, and shopping for the perfect costume can become such a hassle. And I love every minute of it! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as it is filled with fun decorations,… Read more »

Celebrate Banned Books Week

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My mom was the greatest children’s book narrator that a kid could ask for; she brought every single story to life with her exciting voices and enthusiasm for every story. Halloween was always my favorite time of year because the stories always more funny voices, sounds, and songs then usual. Every fall I would delight when she took out… Read more »

BIG Fall Books

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It’s the official start of Fall and with the season comes some BIG BOOKS (in addition to The Lost Symbol, of course). Here are a few titles we are excited about: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. In this novel, Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, the… Read more »

Happy Hobbit Day!

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Today, we travel to Middle-earth to celebrate the lives of two of literature’s most beloved characters. That’s right, September 22nd is the birthday of the most famous Shire hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, both said to be born years apart during the Third Age. Hobbit Day is part Tolkien Week, first created in 1978 by the American… Read more »