College Prep: eBooks Becoming Required Reading

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When it comes to required reading, more and more colleges and universities are going the electronic route. A recent study by revealed that 60 percent of students who bought eBooks said that some of them were required course material. Many professors aren’t even offering a physical book option anymore.   There are several reasons… Read more »

New York Students Get Creative With eBooks

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Students in Upstate New York are making creative use of their school libraries’ digital offerings. At schools throughout the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, students are embracing eBooks both in the classroom and outside of school, accessing popular titles on smartphones, eReaders, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.   The… Read more »

Kicking the Tires on Adobe Digital Editions 2.0

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Last week, Adobe officially released Digital Editions 2.0. It’s a new version of the software patrons use to read eBooks on their computers and transfer eBooks to eReaders like the NOOK. ADE 2.0 comes with a bunch of improvements and changes you should know about. First, the UI has been completely redesigned to be screen-reader… Read more »

Publisher Spotlight: Running Press

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  Running Press is among the United States’ largest independent trade publishers, releasing more than 200 new titles a year under the imprints Running Press, Running Press Miniature Editions, Running Press Kids and Courage Books. Covering subjects such as science, history, children’s fiction and non-fiction, food and wine, pop culture and lifestyle, the Philadelphia-based subsidiary… Read more »

September Savings Continue With Duke Classics Max Access Giveaway

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Want free eBooks for your library? Through Sept. 30, receive a free, one-year, 50-title Max Access Duke Classic plan for every $3,500 USD cumulative purchase of digital media content (eBooks, audiobooks, music, video) from OverDrive. With titles such as “Dracula,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “The Scarlet Letter,” “Tale of Two Cities,” and more, Duke Classics “always… Read more »

Digital Bookmobile Rocks the National Book Festival

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The Library of Congress hosted its 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington D.C., over the weekend.  Team OverDrive and the Digital Bookmobile were there in full effect, showcasing libraries and eBooks to thousands of eager visitors.   Over the two-day festival, well over 5,000 readers toured the Digital Bookmobile. We… Read more »

Launch of OverDrive Read Samples Sparks Title Discovery at Digital Libraries

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Earlier this month, we introduced OverDrive Read samples to digital collections throughout our library network. Using our new browser-based eReading technology, patrons can sample and browse your library’s EPUB titles—no downloads, device activation or software installation required. Since the launch of the OverDrive Read option, sampling has increased by 783 percent across the OverDrive network…. Read more »

Previewing the Big Books of Autumn

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Ah, fall. Youngsters head back to school, the pumpkin-spice latte makes its anticipated return, and forgotten sweaters begin to peek out of dresser drawers. And on the heels of all of this comes the unrelenting flurry of new releases from big-time authors and newbies alike. Fall 2012 is looking to be a banner season for… Read more »

How To Get the Most Out of OverDrive Help

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On Valentine’s Day of this year, we launched our redesigned—and much improved—Help page system. The new Help pages feature more solutions, include visual aids and videos, and incorporate a powerful search tool. OverDrive Help is just one of the areas in which we strive to offer the best service to libraries and their patrons.  … Read more »