Young Readers Leading Tablet Trend

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When it comes to technology, kids just get it. Did you know that half of first-time iPad users are children under age five? A new “Kid Tech” infographic by MDG Advertising describes how young users are engaging with the popular tablets and shows how iPads are helping improve literacy and learning levels at schools across… Read more »

College Prep: eBooks Becoming Required Reading

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When it comes to required reading, more and more colleges and universities are going the electronic route. A recent study by revealed that 60 percent of students who bought eBooks said that some of them were required course material. Many professors aren’t even offering a physical book option anymore.   There are several reasons… Read more »

New York Students Get Creative With eBooks

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Students in Upstate New York are making creative use of their school libraries’ digital offerings. At schools throughout the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, students are embracing eBooks both in the classroom and outside of school, accessing popular titles on smartphones, eReaders, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.   The… Read more »

Monthly Marketing Idea: Engage Students With Your Collection

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A bell rings through the halls, reminding students to get to class. Lockers slam shut as students power-walk through the halls. There’s no mistaking this familiar scene. School is back in session around the world, and students are once again opening their (e)books and pulling out their laptops and devices.   Earlier this week, Bailey… Read more »

Young Readers Embrace eBooks

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Using eReaders helps young readers develop healthy reading habits, say researchers at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. According to the study “Reluctant Readers in Middle School: Successful Engagement with Text Using the E-Reader,” published in the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, middle school boys rated reading more valuable as an activity after two months… Read more »

OverDrive’s School eBook Platform Gets an Upgrade

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We have completely renovated our eBook lending platform for schools. Coming this fall to desktop computers, with mobile devices soon to follow, the new user interface will engage students with a crisp, colorful design that incorporates familiar elements of school life. Students will enjoy simplified browsing and checkout processes as well as unrivaled device compatibility…. Read more »

Districts Add eBooks One School at a Time

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Extending OverDrive’s eBook lending service across an entire school district is a great way to maximize student access to eBooks and audiobooks by allowing multiple schools to access a shared collection. But some districts are taking a more gradual approach, launching their OverDrive service with a single school and later expanding to the entire district…. Read more »

Essential Titles for “Back to School”

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Over the hissing of August cicadas, you can faintly hear the sound of children everywhere sighing. In just a few weeks, they’ll be packing up their shiny new eReaders and freshly sharpened colored pencils and heading back to school. Before the big yellow bus rounds the corner, you can prepare your library’s digital collection to… Read more »

OverDrive Sponsors Edutopia Giveaway for Schools

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The George Lucas Educational Foundation and its affiliated website, Edutopia, are committed to transforming the learning process. And here at OverDrive, we believe that bringing eBooks and audiobooks to school libraries plays a vital role in this transformation. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor this week’s Edutopia Giveaway. Through June 4, we’re encouraging K-12 school… Read more »

SDL Best Practices: A New Tool For Schools

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The No. 1 question I receive from library partners is, “How do I increase my circulation and get the word out about our OverDrive service?” Depending on what type of marketing campaign a library wants to run, there are many answers to this question, but there’s one place to start—our Best Practices Handbook. The Handbook… Read more »