OverDrive and III announce plans for deep API integration

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  This week, OverDrive and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (“III”) agreed on plans for deep API integration of OverDrive services into III products, including Sierra and Encore Discovery Services Platform.  Building on the success of the first round of OverDrive APIs, the coming API updates will include the ability to check out and place a hold… Read more »

OverDrive Announces Opening of World Headquarters

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Today, OverDrive announced the opening of its new world headquarters, Blue Sky Campus, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.  A special event celebrating the opening is planned for tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10) and many area librarians, school representatives, partner suppliers and vendors will attend.  In addition, community leaders, such as Garfield Heights Mayor… Read more »

Responding to Demand, Maryland Library Recommits to Digital

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Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library has kicked its digital initiative into high gear, thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. With the new funding, the 22-branch library system is expanding the selection of eBooks and audiobooks available in its OverDrive-powered Pratt eLibrary, investing in Sony eReaders to lend to patrons,… Read more »

Previewing the Big Books of Autumn

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Ah, fall. Youngsters head back to school, the pumpkin-spice latte makes its anticipated return, and forgotten sweaters begin to peek out of dresser drawers. And on the heels of all of this comes the unrelenting flurry of new releases from big-time authors and newbies alike. Fall 2012 is looking to be a banner season for… Read more »

Harry Potter eBooks Cast Spell on Libraries & Schools

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Here’s big news for Harry Potter fans: OverDrive has reached an agreement with Pottermore, the home of Harry Potter eBooks, to become the exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distributor to public and school libraries for J.K. Rowling’s wildly successful series. For the first time ever, readers will be able to access digital versions of… Read more »

OverDrive advocacy efforts and new services for library lending of digital books

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To:    OverDrive library partners From:  Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO Despite recent changes by some publishers regarding their policies for library lending and continued review of pricing models and digital book lending issues, the 2012 outlook for growing your digital book catalog with more options for your readers is encouraging. I share this opinion following dozens of… Read more »

Now available: eBook Device “Test Drive” Program for Libraries

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We are proud to announce Test Drive™, a program for libraries to support demonstration and lending of eBook reading devices and tablets to their patrons. The program includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend eBook readers and tablets to patrons.  … Read more »

Support cases on the decline

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eBook and audiobook checkouts from the library are at an all-time high—total checkouts have exceeded more than 60 million, including more than 26 million already this year! With this increase, you might expect support cases to increase as well; however, support cases have decreased dramatically as a percentage of overall checkouts. Let’s break it down:… Read more »

WIN Catalog enhances libraries’ role as connecting point to more content

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Today we announced the innovative WIN Catalog, OverDrive’s latest in the series of WIN initiatives to streamline user experience and provide more access to more content. The WIN Catalog will be mutually beneficial to libraries and users, as well as publishers. This opt-in feature will enhance the role of libraries as a “reader connecting point”… Read more »

Library eBooks now available for Amazon® Kindle

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OverDrive is pleased to announce that Amazon® Kindle compatibility with your U.S. public or school library’s eBook collection is here.  See the press release.  This update, which is included at no additional cost to OverDrive partner libraries, allows most existing eBooks in your library’s collection to be read on all Kindle devices or by using… Read more »