Earlier today, we announced that we’ll be adding streaming video and audio services to our Next Generation digital library platform later this year. Streaming technology will extend the reach of your library’s video, audiobook and music collection thanks to virtually unlimited device compatibility. Users will enjoy quick and easy access to videos, audiobooks and music on any device with a web browser and an Internet connection. (Read the press release. )
Streaming technology supplements the download options already in use via OverDrive Media Console. By giving users access to video and audio content on any device with a web browser, the new services will dramatically enhance discovery and access to your existing collection of WMV and WMA titles (pending publisher approval).
“Streaming video and audio technology is a key extension of our Next Generation platform,” said Karen Estrovich, OverDrive’s collection development manager. “With our browser-based eBook reading technology OverDrive Read, users simply ‘See Book—Read Book.’ Now, streaming technology will similarly empower library users to ‘See Video—Watch Video’ or ‘See Audiobook—Listen to Audiobook.”
Headed to ALA Midwinter? If so, we invite you to stop by Booth 1115 at Seattle’s Washington Convention Center for a live demonstration of the streaming technology. We’ll also be demonstrating other Next Generation services such as completely reimagined library websites, the browser-based eBook reading technology OverDrive Read, APIs that enable libraries to fully integrate digital and print catalogs, and the all-new Content Reserve collection development portal.
Michael Lovett is Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at OverDrive.