It’s a big week for OverDrive in Australia. We just announced the opening of our Melbourne office, which will support our expanding services for libraries, publishers and booksellers in the region. We’ve already been working with our Australia-based team members to develop the forthcoming browser-based eReading solution OverDrive Read, and at the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) conference in Sydney, running through July 13, we’re showcasing our Next Generation services and introducing the friendly faces behind OverDrive Australia.
As digital library activity heats up in the Land Down Under, now’s the perfect time to explore the history, culture and geography of Australia. Here are a few eBooks that transport readers to the Oz beyond “‘Crocodile’ Dundee” and shrimp on the barbie!
“Foal’s Bread” by Gillian Mears
Set amidst the rough-and-tumble horse-jumping circuit that prevailed in rural New South Wales prior to WWII, this 2012 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal-winning novel tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family. Prior to “Foal’s Bread,” author Gillian Mears won the Australian/Vogel National Literary Award for her first novel, “The Mint Lawn.”
“Australia” Lonely Planet Guide
Planning a trip to Australia? Or will you simply be surfing the Gold Coast from the comfort of your eReader? The travel experts at Lonely Planet give us the lowdown of finding the best beaches in Sydney, sipping the best coffee in Melbourne, and surviving a trek across the Outback. Patrons will also enjoy the full-color photos in the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide “Australia,” available in PDF format.
“Private Journal of a Voyage to Australia” by James Bell
In 1838, 21-year-old James Bell embarked on a voyage from London to Adelaide. Bell’s diary documents the drunken brawls and licentiousness that took place aboard the ship as a passage that was supposed to last 130 days turned into a six-month-long nightmare. “Private Journal” provides an intimate look at Australia’s colonial and seafaring history.
“Town” by James Roy
In “Town,” popular children’s and young adult author James Roy explores the lives of the residents of an unnamed, archetypal Australian town. Roy’s other short stories and chapter books, including 2010’s “Anonymity Jones,” also take place in familiar-yet-fictional Australian locales.
Michael Lovett is Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at OverDrive.