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 »

Your server or mine? More options for content providers to reach libraries

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With the role of libraries shifting from book and media lending institutions to “access points” for content and information, OverDrive, as a digital distributor, similarly has been broadening its scope in licensing materials from publishers and content providers. We recently announced a relationship with Disney Publishing Worldwide to provide access for our library partners and their patrons to… Read more »

Rhode Island consortium increases circulation with staff training

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Lisa Davis, Assistant Director of Ocean State Libraries, shares a training program that educates consortium members on digital downloads—and increases download circulation. Ocean State Libraries (OSL) enjoys membership comprised of every public library in Rhode Island. As the Assistant Director for OSL, I am responsible for keeping the staff at our 50 libraries and 73 branches… Read more »

eBooks on the rise: Build your collection and get the word out

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Deb Czarnik, Library Manager for Technical Services and Collection Development for Lee County Library System, discusses the rising popularity of eBooks and the importance of promoting the format alongside its physical counterparts. Most libraries using the OverDrive service have undoubtedly heard about Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos’ press release about sales of Kindle eBooks reaching a… Read more »

New Data for Publishers: OverDrive White Paper

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In June OverDrive released its first White Paper, designed to share information and new data with our publisher partners and entitled, “How eBook Catalogs at Public Libraries Drive Publishers’ Book Sales and Profits.” Documenting the growing significance of eBook catalogs at library websites, the White Paper also clarifies how OverDrive’s library platform and distribution model… Read more »

Digital downloads at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival

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Deb Czarnik, Library Manager for Technical Services and Collection Development for Lee County Library System, shares her experience promoting digital downloads at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. On a beautiful spring Saturday in Southwest Florida, we celebrated reading, literacy, and libraries at our 11th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Nearly 20,000 attendees came to see their… Read more »