OverDrive Download Station v3.2 coming soon

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We are excited to announce the release of OverDrive Download Station v3.2, scheduled for September 30! With the new version, users can transfer most OverDrive WMA Audiobooks to Apple devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPod touch. Additionally, now that iTunes 9 is available, iPod shuffle users can transfer audiobooks to their devices using Download… Read more »

The Digital Bookmobile at the National Book Festival

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More than 1,500 visitors learned about free library downloads by touring the Digital Bookmobile this past Saturday at the 2009 National Book Festival. And we spoke with thousands more who couldn’t fit in the crowded truck! Positioned on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the community outreach vehicle introduced eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video at… Read more »

Celebrate Banned Books Week

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My mom was the greatest children’s book narrator that a kid could ask for; she brought every single story to life with her exciting voices and enthusiasm for every story. Halloween was always my favorite time of year because the stories always more funny voices, sounds, and songs then usual. Every fall I would delight when she took out… Read more »

Open Community Outreach training opportunity

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 1st at 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) for OverDrive’s open Community Outreach training. You are invited to participate in the first of an ongoing training program (first Thursday of every month at 2:00 PM ET) to learn creative, easy, and cost-effective ways to promote your download service and maximize circulation. We’ll share dozens… Read more »

BIG Fall Books

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It’s the official start of Fall and with the season comes some BIG BOOKS (in addition to The Lost Symbol, of course). Here are a few titles we are excited about: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. In this novel, Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, the… Read more »

Happy Hobbit Day!

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Today, we travel to Middle-earth to celebrate the lives of two of literature’s most beloved characters. That’s right, September 22nd is the birthday of the most famous Shire hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, both said to be born years apart during the Third Age. Hobbit Day is part Tolkien Week, first created in 1978 by the American… Read more »

Last Chance to Participate in OverDrive’s Training Month

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It’s hard to believe OverDrive’s Training Month is almost over. Thank you to all who have participated thusfar. We’ve had an unbelieveable turn out and there’s still room for more! If you haven’t taken a class yet, or if you are eager to learn more about your OverDrive download library – what are you waiting for?… Read more »

Oprah’s Book Pick #63: SAY YOU’RE ONE OF THEM

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Our predictions were correct!  The #63 Oprah’s Book Club pick is: Say You’re One of Them by Uwen Akpan. Add Say You’re One of Them in eBook and audiobook as well as past Oprah Picks and Oprah’s Kids Picks titles to your download collection!  Check out Content Reserve Marketplace for the featured Oprah collection lists.

What device are you?

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So, you want a portable device for digital audiobooks, music, and video. Which one should you get? That’s really a question only you can answer, but it’s easier if you have some background information before you begin your search… Think about the primary use of the device: Will this be for audiobooks only or does… Read more »

Facebook and Twitter sharing features now available

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I remember when I first signed up for Facebook in college to connect with friends and post pictures… little did I know I would be using it in my career as well. It’s become one of the most popular means of communication: social networking. To allow for an even more interactive experience of your library’s ‘Virtual… Read more »