Book trailers build buzz… and you can build them too

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I, like many others, love movie trailers.  Filmmakers do such a great job creating these trailers, that by the end of the two-and-a-half minute clip you are already planning your trip to the theater for opening day. The point of these short clips are to accurately portray the plot and to give just enough car chases or… Read more »

Best audiobooks for a family road trip

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Cindy Orr offers a few audiobook suggestions for family road trips in her monthly blog post. Summer is near, and with it the traditional family road trip. Here are some audiobooks for everyone to enjoy together. You don’t want sobbing children in the back seat, so I left out such beloved tearjerkers as Charlotte’s Web and Because of Winn-Dixie…. Read more »

Texas Library Association welcomes OverDrive

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Last week, my colleague, Claudia, and I had the pleasure of representing OverDrive at the Texas Library Association in San Antonio, Texas. Thousands of public, school, and academic librarians flooded the Henry B. Gonzalez Conference Center for three days of workshops and exhibits. During the conference, we met with several of our library partners including… Read more »

Judging a book by its cover

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Contributor Cindy Orr discusses the importance of the book cover in her monthly blog post. A friend of mine once said that she first knew J.K. Rowling’s books were going to be a hit when she counted eight grown men reading Harry Potter on the train. So, how would we she have known what those men were… Read more »

National Library Week – April 11-17, 2010

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Great philanthropist and library hero Andrew Carnegie, who donated money to build over 2,500 libraries now known as Carnegie Libraries, said it best, “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the Earth as the Free Public Library — this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” The… Read more »

The Digital Library Statistics Report

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The name really speaks for itself: ‘The Digital Library Statistics’ Report, available in Content Reserve, generates instantly to display a snapshot of what’s in your digital collection. Statistics include overall and current checkouts, holds, patrons, number of titles and copies of titles in the collection. Best of all, the report includes ‘total’ numbers as well… Read more »

Read an eBook Week Giveaway!

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March 7-13 is Read an eBook Week and to celebrate we’re giving away a prize package with loads of OverDrive goodies. If you want to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us the title of the eBook you’re reading, along with the URL for the library you… Read more »

Who reads eBooks? You may be surprised…

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Cindy Orr takes a look at eBook consumers in her monthly post. Experts say that 2010 will be a transformative year for technology. They’re buzzing about eBooks and eBook readers. Here’s why: Sales of eBooks skyrocketed in 2009, up 176.6% from 2008. eBook readers are proliferating. Sony Reader was first, but it wasn’t until the Kindle… Read more »

An OverDriver’s Mexico City Adventure

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I returned from Mexico City last week with deeper knowledge of the Latin American culture and an appreciation for the Americas past. The city, located on a plateau at an altitude of 7,300 ft, had much to offer with its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and warm people. I toured the Teotihuacán pyramids, the artist village of Coyoacán… Read more »