New Test Drive devices out now

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We’re adding three new devices to the Test Drive lineup: the ever-popular iPad 2, the ever-inexpensive Agasio DroPad A8i, and the ever-versatile Toshiba Thrive.  Each selection is designed to fit a different need within your library. With the iPad 2, your library will be able to reach people already familiar with Apple’s mobile devices.  Since… Read more »

Retro Read eBooks: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Call it a quarter-life crisis if you want (I’m not sure that math matches my chronological age though!), but lately I’ve been thinking of adventure.  I feel like going backpacking through Europe or hiking Machu Picchu or more likely, seeing how many Mel Gibson movies I can get through consecutively without wanting to gouge my… Read more »

Announcing OverDrive Help: upgraded and updated!

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Ever wonder how to install OMC on a Blackberry? Are you getting user questions about how to return an eBook? Well the new OverDrive Help makes it a whole lot easier to find those answers! The fully searchable website – now linked from the main Help page of each of your OverDrive-powered ‘virtual branch’ websites (English language… Read more »

Monthly Marketing Idea: QR Codes

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Happy Gal-entine’s Day! Love is in the air so let me spread some love about QR codes. This is one of the many technologies that makes me feel like we’re living in the world of The Jetsons. These fancy square barcodes hold a code that once scanned with a smart phone app link directly to… Read more »

OverDrive advocacy efforts and new services for library lending of digital books

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To:    OverDrive library partners From:  Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO Despite recent changes by some publishers regarding their policies for library lending and continued review of pricing models and digital book lending issues, the 2012 outlook for growing your digital book catalog with more options for your readers is encouraging. I share this opinion following dozens of… Read more »

Digital Bookmobile: On the Road in the Wild West

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Well that was fast! After a hiatus of less than two months, our awareness- spreading, 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer is dusted off, prettied up, outfitted with some new technology and headed to the left coast! The Digital Bookmobile is back on the prowl and this time we’re following the sun, giving patrons in warmer climates a… Read more »

Celebrate Black History Month

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Since 1976, Black History Month has been observed in the U.S. and Canada every February. In honor of Black History Month, this month we’re shining a spotlight on the talents of some great African-American authors and their recent titles. While not all are historically based or specifically about the African-American experience, each offer a unique perspective and… Read more »

Now available: New features for mobile apps

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Last week we saw that mobile device use increased to 22% of all checkouts of eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive-powered libraries. Today, OverDrive is pleased to announce new features for its mobile apps that are sure to increase that usage even further. With the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.4 for Android™, BlackBerry® and Windows… Read more »

Now available: Updates for your mobile apps

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Mobile use is growing, and the updated OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.4 for Android™, BlackBerry® and Windows Phone has got new features your customers will love to use more of. Now, users can find definitions while reading using the dictionary lookup feature or even more information from Wikipedia. OverDrive’s Mobile Apps are compatible with EPUB eBooks… Read more »