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 »

How Will We Browse?

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Cindy Orr provides industry news and ideas for increasing access in her monthly blog post. Research has shown that the number of public library readers who find their books by browsing, outnumbers those who search the catalog. (See The Responsive Public Library by Sharon L. Baker.) At least that used to be the case. But,… Read more »

In the News: ALA library survey with eBook availability

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The American Library Association released its 2009–2010 PLFTAS national survey results today and on the list: eBooks.  The national average came out at 65.9%, with 21 states meeting or exceeding the national average for eBook availability. Here is a list of the top states (and federal districts) based on percentage of libraries with eBooks: Tie: Hawaii and District of… Read more »

In the News: Vancouver issues more library cards for eBooks

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The Vancouver Public Library has benefited from the eBook popularity boom, according to a recent article from The Vancouver Sun. VPL, which is part of British Columbia Libraries, issued 60,000 new library cards in 2008-09. That’s up from 42,000 in 2007-08. From The Vancouver Sun: Library spokeswoman Jean Kavanagh attributes the spike at least in… Read more »