OverDrive now supports third-party subscription services

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OverDrive has partnered with Disney Digital Books to release a new service for library partners: Customers can now enjoy the world of Disney in a browser-based interactive online book, an OverDrive first. Channel partners can add Disney Digital Books to their catalogs using the same process in Content Reserve as other subscription services. Each title is… Read more »

School libraries go digital

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Over the past year, there has been a lot of talk in school library circles about the best ways to provide books in digital format for students. In the Mesquite Independent School District, we’d been following with interest news stories of schools like Cushing Academy, where the majority of the print books were replaced with… Read more »

eBooks and immediate gratification

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Recent blogs about the Kindle and library eBooks have sparked interesting comments from library users and non-users, showing new perceptions of libraries and eBooks.  Check out “Will Kindle ever add support for library books?” at Stephen’s Lighthouse and the Kindle Blog for more details.  Libraries are constantly battling the perception of library obsolescence, and the comments in… Read more »

Douglas County Libraries offers electronic petting zoo

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Last month, Douglas County Libraries collaborated with our local Best Buy to offer a electronic petting zoo for patrons and staff.  With a staff member on hand, Best Buy brought one of every type eBook reader to the Philip S Miller Library in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, so patrons could explore and ask questions. Patrons… Read more »

eBook fills demand for Giller Prize winner at Kitchener Public Library

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For most debut authors the dream of winning a highly coveted literary prize rarely becomes a reality; however, that is what happened last November to Johanna Skibsrud, when her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, won Canada’s most prestigious literary award, The Scotiabank Giller Prize. In fact, the award has the distinction of immediately creating “bestsellers” and… Read more »

Launching eBook downloads in the UK with Luton Libraries

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Fiona Marriott, principal librarian at Luton Cultural Services Trust, shares her experience launching the OverDrive service in the UK. Being one of the first to launch a new service is always a challenge and it means that you have few people to compare with or ask advice. It can be more expensive than “waiting and seeing”… Read more »

A statement on the Publishers Association’s position on eBook lending

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From Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive: I am writing in response to the Publishers Association (UK) announcement this week of its position on library lending at the CILIP Public Library Authorities conference, as well as recent reports of publisher concerns about the role and options for public libraries to participate in eBook lending. I am… Read more »

Digital books on the go: South Ayrshire Libraries targets travelers

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Michelle Jefford, ICT Systems Librarian at South Ayrshire Libraries, shares a marketing campaign that helped get the library’s download service off the ground–and into the air. The launch of our South Ayrshire Libraries e-reads service started as soon as the contract was signed.  As a relatively small library authority, being the first in Scotland to… Read more »