Received a press release from OverDrive announcing many enhancements to the OverDrive interface and digital content offerings. The announcements were made today, just shy of the start of the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. Those attending the PLA Conference should stop by the OverDrive booth(2347) for demos of all these new features. My favorite is “Open eBooks” – DRM free eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats which can be downloaded and read on nearly all EPUB enabled devices. Here are just a few things mentioned in the press release:
OverDrive Dashboardâ„¢: OverDrive is developing apps that will provide library staff with valuable information, including real-time statistics and charts. With OverDrive Dashboard, libraries can analyze content usage and identify relevant trends to manage and optimize their digital catalog.
Content Reserve® Plus: In addition to the more than 300,000 digital titles already available to libraries, new content for online and offline use will be integrated into OverDrive’s catalog for libraries. Plans include support for databases, magazines, newspapers, streaming video, music by the track, interactive eBooks, and other third-party hosted content. OverDrive also plans to release APIs for developers to create apps that can be integrated with OverDrive-powered library websites.
· “Open eBooks”: DRM-free eBooks in both EPUB and PDF formats are being added to OverDrive’s catalog for libraries. These OverDrive “Open eBooks” will be compatible with nearly any eBook reader or software that can display EPUB and PDF files. Titles from Harlequin’s Carina Press, Saddleback Educational Publishing, and Rourke Publishing will be among the first DRM-free eBooks available to libraries.
LibraryBINâ„¢: Featuring eBook and audiobook downloads from top publishers, LibraryBIN is a new e-retail store from which a portion of each sale goes to a patron’s favorite participating library or to a general fund to support America’s public libraries. Libraries can add a “buy it now” retail option on their â€˜Virtual Branch’ website and generate revenue for their digital collection.
LEAP (Library eBook Accessibility Program): A collection of accessible eBooks is now available to the print-disabled patrons of libraries in the OverDrive network. Through a partnership between OverDrive and Bookshare (www.bookshare.org), qualifying individuals will receive access to Bookshare’s catalog of print materials in accessible digital formats. OverDrive fully funds this program and offers LEAP at no cost to the library or patron.