In April, we previewed plans for OverDrive API integration with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (“III”) products. Tomorrow, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, III will be demonstrating the first prototype of OverDrive’s Content API, which enables users to authenticate, check out and enjoy an eBook or audiobook from the library’s digital collection all without leaving their library’s OPAC. Patrons will also be able to access their OverDrive account information through the prototype as well.
The OverDrive Search & Discovery APIs, which are currently being widely used, improve the visibility of a library’s digital collection by integrating OverDrive services with OPAC and discovery layer systems and making digital holdings available for search, availability and preview/samples. With the Content API, the user journey to discover and check out eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital media can be completed within the OPAC and discovery layer.
The Content API is available to OverDrive library partners and approved vendors. To learn how your library can leverage OverDrive APIs for rich integration, please visit our Developer Portal and be sure to stop by the OverDrive (#953) and III (#1827) booths at ALA this weekend to see a demonstration of the new integration.
Adam Sockel is a Marketing Communications Specialist at OverDrive.