OverDrive launches the first two public library digital collections in Japan

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This week Ryugasaki Public Library launched their OverDrive digital collection, becoming the first Japanese public library to do so. Ryugasaki offers their users everything from children’s and young adult literature, graphic novels, manga and nonfiction titles for health and fitness, arts and crafts and much more. In the coming days, Itako Public Library will also launch their OverDrive-powered website… Read more »

OverDrive updates: Dyslexic font options and improved waiting list displays

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This week OverDrive released new updates to our library websites that continue to provide users with a more fulfilling digital reading experience. A few months back we added a dyslexic font option to the OverDrive app. Due to the popularity of this feature it has now been added as an option on your OverDrive-powered digital library website… Read more »

Leading Chinese eBook Publishers to Receive Achievement Awards at BookExpo America

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At the largest publishing event in North America, BookExpo America (BEA), OverDrive will host a reception and present the Blue Sky Awards to publishers with top selling Chinese language adult and children’s eBooks.  Hundreds of US, Canadian and international public libraries and schools now offer their Chinese readers instant access to thousands of new Chinese… Read more »

Congrats to the Library Journal 2015 Movers & Shakers!

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Each year Library Journal honors librarians from around the country for their contributions to the library world. These librarians may be focused on changing the landscaping, innovating, advocating, educating, developing or building their community but regardless of their path it’s clear thet they’re doing work that deserves to be recognized. This year, OverDrive was priveleged… Read more »

A message to our library and school partners from Steve Potash

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[this letter was sent via email on the morning of March 19, 2015] Dear OverDrive Library & School Partners, OverDrive announced today that Rakuten, Inc. has agreed to acquire OverDrive from Insight Venture Partners, our private equity partner and majority owner since 2010.   In a few weeks after the sale is complete, we will be… Read more »

An update on OverDrive and Kindle eBooks

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Earlier this week, we became aware that a number of eBooks added to our catalog this year were lacking the Kindle format.  This has now been resolved, and the Kindle format of the affected titles is now available in OverDrive’s Marketplace.  All U.S. libraries’ digital collections will be automatically refreshed with the Kindle format for… Read more »