Paper Vs. Screen—Does It Matter Anymore?

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A recently released Pew Research study shows that young people (age 16-29) are reading more than many people think they are, and that much of what they read nowadays is on a screen rather than on paper. Most of these young people who read using a screen read on their phones or their computers rather… Read more »

Young Readers Leading Tablet Trend

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When it comes to technology, kids just get it. Did you know that half of first-time iPad users are children under age five? A new “Kid Tech” infographic by MDG Advertising describes how young users are engaging with the popular tablets and shows how iPads are helping improve literacy and learning levels at schools across… Read more »

OverDrive Releases App for Windows 8

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Today, we released OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8. The app enables users to enjoy EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks on computers and mobile devices running Microsoft’s newly released Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems.   The new OverDrive app takes full advantage of Windows 8’s sleek, richly integrated user interface. The eBook reader… Read more »

OverDrive Advocates for Library eBooks at House of Commons

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Today, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash joined a group of library and publishing industry experts for the eBook Summit hosted by the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group at the House of Commons in London.   Earlier this year, Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, announced the launch of a cross-industry task force… Read more »

Erik Larson Finds the Fascinating Side of History

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  Have you ever seen a movie or read a book that made you think, “Why haven’t I heard of this before?” That’s how you’ll feel after reading Erik Larson. The journalist-turned-author has a knack for unearthing some of history’s most interesting stories, and he’s responsible for two of OverDrive’s top 10 circulating Adult Nonfiction… Read more »

Fun With Politics: eBooks for Election Season

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  Is there a more predictably annoying time than the month before a presidential election? Whether you’re an undecided voter or a diehard political junkie, aren’t you tired of all the negative campaign ads, robocalls and star-spangled junk mail coming in from both sides? As the political conversation becomes more heated and positions become increasingly… Read more »

Renewing Our Focus on Customer Service

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Customer Service Week is a time to show appreciation for the customer service professionals who serve us in various ways throughout our daily lives. Of course, the appreciation goes both ways, and on behalf of OverDrive Support Services, I’d like to thank our customers. We do what we do because of you.   We’re committed… Read more »

OverDrive API Integration Under Way

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  The OverDrive API Developer Portal opened in July, and more than 100 vendors and library partners have already applied for access to APIs including Library Account, Retail Account, Search, Metadata and Library Title Availability. Ultimately, the APIs will enable partners and approved vendors to deeply integrate OverDrive content into a broad range of apps… Read more »

Lambton County Library Goes All-In for Test Drive

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Since we launched Test Drive last fall, hundreds of libraries have taken advantage of free resources to support demonstration and lending of eBook devices. Now available for libraries and schools, it’s easy to get started at our newly revamped Test Drive website, where you’ll find device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance and support. Approved devices… Read more »