Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for Kids and the XO Tablet

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Around this time last year, I reviewed the then current crop of tablets geared for kids. The offerings were some fairly sturdy little devices meant for little grubby hands to poke around and play games on devices that offered a range of parental controls. Many of those devices have been improved upon since then, and… Read more »

Get Ready for Holiday Rush & Best of 2013 Lists!

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Whatever your personal reading preference may be, I think everyone can agree that 2013 was a great year for books. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the past year’s most influential, prominent and beloved titles before we celebrate and start reading in 2014. Based on various statistics including downloads, sales, holds, samples, ratings and… Read more »

Budget Tablet Review

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As evidenced by our many device reviews, the holiday season brings out a new crop of eReaders, tablets, computers, and MP3 players to provide a large assortment of options for buyers. Much like at the North Pole, the elves here at OverDrive have been busy testing devices to see how well they work with eBooks,… Read more »

eiNetwork and OverDrive provide Circulation API solutions to partner libraries

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In the fourth quarter of this year, OverDrive’s new Circulation APIs have been integrated into several partner library online catalogs. Recently joining the list, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Library Association have launched Circulation API solutions through their ILS provider, eiNetwork. The Circulation APIs enable seamless checkouts and holds within a partner’s OPAC, giving end… Read more »

170 years of A Christmas Carol

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  “Marley was dead, to begin with.” And so begins the Charles Dickens Classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Today is the 170th anniversary of the novella that has been read endlessly in front of fire places and with warm cups of hot chocolate every year as we near Christmas Day. The story of bitter old Ebenezer… Read more »

Lenovo Yoga Tablet

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At this point in the life cycle of the tablet, we pretty much know what to expect: A small, flat, handheld, rectangular touchscreen that lays flat on another flat surface. It’s not a broken design, and let’s be honest, it’s really hard to innovate by introducing another shape (like a triangle). Enter Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet…. Read more »

2013’s Kindle Fire HD and HDX Review

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  With all of our new device reviews and more to come, it’s shaping up to be a very merry digital holiday season! There’s still time to curl up with an eBook on a tablet in front of your video fireplace with a robotic dog at your feet. (All right, I still prefer real fireplaces… Read more »