Cleveland, Ohioâ€”November 20, 2013â€”OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video to libraries and schools, announced today that the Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library (http://lapl.lib.overdrive.com). The Streaming Video service is a convenient and exciting way to instantly borrow from your library and watch videos anytime, anywhere, on any computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection. While LAPL is the first to offer the service, OverDrive is preparing to roll it out to their entire network, expanding to additional markets in North America and worldwide. Continue reading OverDrive’s streaming video lending service launches at LAPL
Â OverDrive announced today the availability of the media stations to all libraries.Â The picture here was taken at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago earlier this year.Â OverDrive has been piloting the media stations at several libraries and now the service is available to all libraries.Â See the press release below for more info.
Cleveland, Ohio, November 12â€” OverDrive announced today that its â€œinside the libraryâ€ eBook, audiobook, music and video sampling and checkout terminal, OverDrive Media Station, is now broadly available. Launched as a pilot program earlier this year with 50 public library systems in five countries, the in-library eBook kiosks enable readers to browse eBooks, audiobooks and other media on a touchscreen monitor in libraries or any location where libraries want to introduce readers to their eBook catalog. Continue reading OverDrive Media Stations available to all libraries
From an OverDrive press release:
When teachers, students and parents visit their schoolâ€™s OverDrive-powered digital library website, they will find a fully-updated user interface providing a more informative, user-friendly experience. New features include enhanced metadata, robust search tools, filters and improved title detail pages and menus to make finding a title easier. Users are now able to search for titles based on standardized reading level information such as Lexile, ATOS and Accelerated Reader scores. This new metadata will assist teachers in identifying the most appropriate content for their students. Continue reading OverDrive digital library website for schools updated with new interface
I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.Â Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.Â This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th.Â The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors).Â A free preview issue is now available for download.
This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.) Continue reading NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference
This is a great idea.Â I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.Â I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.
Cleveland, May 16, 2013 â€“ Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.
I’m not an OverDrive customer, but I’ve always wanted to attend the Digipalooza conference.Â It looks like it is very educational and entertaining.Â Registration is open.Â Visit www.digipalooza.com for more information.Â Here’s a bit from the site:
OverDrive’s International User Group Conference for partner libraries, Digipalooza offers a unique blend of education, networking and fun.
Education & Best Practices from Leading Librarians
Learn how to maximize the value and circulation of eBooks, digital audiobooks and other media through best practices from experienced library staff, demonstrations of the latest software, devices, and mobile applications, as well as tips and tools for increasing awareness and addressing today’s trends.
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. Â While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Â Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. Â First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: Â A Scorecard for Public Libraries.Â Â Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). Â The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference
Those of you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting may want to stop by for a demo of the OverDrive streaming services.Â The One-Step Checkout (TM) sounds great to me.
Washington Convention Center, Seattleâ€”Jan. 22, 2013â€”Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattleâ€™s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Continue reading OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools
INFODocket reported this news yesterday about Hatchette prices rising 220% on OverDrive beginning October 1, 2012.Â For the full post, see INFODocket.
Â Dear Library Partner,
Hachette will be raising its eBook prices on October 1, 2012 on their currently available eBook catalog (~3,500 eBook titles with release dates of April 2010 and earlier). On average prices will increase 220%.
Orders for Hachette eBook titlesÂ at current pricing must be submitted in Content ReserveÂ by 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, September 30, 2012. This includes any orders that are currently in your Content Reserve work queue as well as new orders created during the remainder of the month. Any orders with Hachette eBook content left in your work queue and submitted after September 30th will be processed under the new pricing.
Effective October 1, 2012, the new prices will be reflected in Content Reserve.
OverDrive Collection Development Team
From an OverDrive Press Release:
Cleveland â€“ September 13 â€“ This month, millions of students and library patrons are returning to school and work, powering a new surge in eBook reading. To help libraries and schools meet this demand, OverDriveâ€”the leading distributor of eBooks and other digital media to 19,000 libraries and schools worldwideâ€”has set live more than 40,000 newly available eBook and audiobook titles in the past month. New publisher partnerships have helped OverDrive add thousands of popular and niche titles to its industry-leading catalog, which currently holds more than 800,000 in-copyright titles.
To add titles to OverDrive-powered library and school collections, selectors can visit www.contentreserve.com, where theyâ€™ll find pre-selected lists and other useful collection development tools. Many of these titles are available for less than $10, with many others under $20. Continue reading OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month
OverDriveâ€™s Next Generation eBook Service to Extend Value of Digital Libraries
(Anaheim, Calif.) â€“ American Library Association Annual Conference â€“ June 21, 2012 â€“ As the nationâ€™s librarians convene this week in Anaheim, Calif., OverDrive will present its Next Generation eBook and audiobook service for libraries and schools, further extending the value of digital collections everywhere. In response to feedback gathered throughout its network of 18,000 libraries and schools, the distributor of eBooks and other digital media is rolling out new features and updates that prioritize ease of use, on demand access across mobile and desktop platforms, and integration with library discovery tools. OverDrive will showcase its Next Generation digital library service throughout the American Library Association Annual Conference (Booth #1362) in Anaheim, June 21 to 26. Continue reading OverDrive announces Next Generation eBook and audiobook service
Great news from OverDrive about a forthcoming browser-based eBook reader.Â This should really open up many more ereading alternatives for patrons who don’t have a dedicated eReading device or a tablet. More from the press release:
(Cleveland) â€“ May 30, 2012 â€“ Leading global eBook distributor OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, â€œOverDrive Read.â€Â Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.Â Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device.Â OverDrive will demonstrate this new eReading platform at Book Expo America, in New York City, June 5-7, 2012 (Booth #4340), as well as at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-25. Continue reading OverDrive Read, a browser-based eBook reader to launch later this year
From an OverDrive press release:Â Cleveland, Ohio, April 11, 2012 â€“ OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) will announce at the London Book Fair (Booth X700) April 16-18, the first of a series of “Big Data” reports analyzing billions of eBook impressions and other data collected from across its network of 18,000 public and school libraries.Â Data from OverDriveâ€™s global library network to be made available to participating libraries and publishers includes information about eBook and digital audiobook title circulation, book demand and holds as well as web traffic and general demographics.Â OverDriveâ€™s data reports were developed in compliance with library privacy policies and do not include any identifying user information. Continue reading OverDrive announces a series of “Big Data” reports
From an OverDrive press release:
Libraries and schools powered by OverDrive now lending J.K. Rowlingâ€™s popular series
in eBook and digital audiobook formats
Cleveland, Ohio, March 29, 2012 â€“ Ever since the Harry Potter phenomenon cast a spell on readers worldwide, fans of J.K. Rowlingâ€™s groundbreaking series have been eager for the chance to check out the novels in digital format from libraries and schools. Now, library patrons and students worldwide can borrow and enjoy their favorite Harry Potter titles on all major eReading devices, thanks toÂ an agreement between Pottermoreâ€”the online home of Harry Potterâ€”andÂ OverDrive, the leading eBook supplier to libraries and schools.Â The seven-book series is now available in eBook and digital audiobook format at more than 18,000 libraries and schools in more than 20 countries.
To find a participating library or school in the OverDrive network or to launch a digital collection in your library or school, visitwww.overdrive.com/harrypotter.Â OverDrive enables libraries and schools to increase reading and literacyÂ with access to Harry Potter and more than 700,000 eBooks, audiobooks, music and video across a full range of subjects.
â€œHarry Potter has had an unprecedented impact on multiple generations of readers,â€ said Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive.Â â€œNow that the stories are available for lending in digital formats, libraries and schools worldwide have a powerful new way to reach readers of all ages. Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks have the potential to immerse a new wave of readers in J.K. Rowlingâ€™s captivating adventures and inspire a lifelong passion for books and reading.â€
The Harry Potter collection is available in EPUB eBook format (and Kindle in the U.S.) as well as MP3 audiobook format.Â Initially available in English, additional versions will be available in French, Italian, German and Spanish soon. Readers can access this exciting contentÂ on all major devices, including PC, MacÂ®, SonyÂ® Reader, KindleÂ® (U.S. only), NOOKâ„¢, iPhoneÂ®, iPadÂ®, Androidâ„¢ phones and tablets, BlackBerryÂ®, and WindowsÂ® Phone.
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishersÂ and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.Â www.overdrive.com
Big news from OverDrive and Booki.sh, an Australian ebook company, was announced yesterday in a joint press release.Â The cloud based platform for distribution, selling, and reading brings OverDrive content a little closer to the end user.Â 3M also offers cloud based distribution for ebooks. More from the press release:
OverDrive, Inc., the leading global distributor of ebooks and audiobooks, announced today it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributorâ€™s publishing, library and school initiatives. Continue reading OverDrive acquires Booki.sh, the developer of a cloud-based ebook platform
Big news from an OverDrive Press Release today – they have entered into an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Pottermore. Â I’m thrilled to see these popular books become available for library lending sans the exclusive agreements. Â Here is more from the press release:
Pottermore, theÂ online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooksÂ created by J.K. Rowling and partnered by Sony,Â announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook andÂ digitalÂ audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive forÂ public andÂ schoolÂ libraries.Â Under the terms of theÂ agreement,Â OverDrive, a leading global distributor of eBooks and digital audiobooks, will manage hosting and digital fulfillmentÂ for librariesÂ for the Harry Potter collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks in English and more thanÂ 20Â other languages to OverDriveâ€™s growing network of over 18,000Â public and schoolÂ libraries worldwide.
It’s been coming for months. Â Today Penguin announced it has ended its relationship with OverDrive. Â Starting tomorrow, it will no longer sell e-books and audiobooks to OverDrive for library lending. Â Interestingly, ALA and Big Six publishers met last week to discuss library e-book lending. Â In an article in paidcontent.org, Laura Hazard Owen points out ALA’s concern about statements publishers made regarding “friction.” Â Publishers felt a degree of friction existed with physical book checkout – involving 2 trips to the library. Â They felt the online availability would alter the friction calculation. Â My response to that….clearly they have never tried to download an e-book from the public library. Â According to Library Journal’s patron profiles,Â 23% of ebook patrons reported beingÂ unsuccessful in borrowing ebooks because ofÂ technical difficulty, while almost 44% couldÂ not do so because of title unavailability.” Â That’s a lot of friction.
Here are some articles with more of the story:
And others added after the original post:
Below is a press release from OverDrive regarding 2011 use stats.Â Clearly the demand for library eBooks has increased; “doubled” according to the press release.Â While I’m thoroughly impressed by the interest and demand in content, I can’t help but focus on 4 of the statistics below. 1.6 billion book/title pages viewed by 99 million visitors, yet only 35 million digital titles were checked out in 2011 with 17 million holds (OverDrive did not indicate % increases here).Â How can we meet the growing demands of patrons when the holds list is nearly half of the checkouts?Â Public librarians, is this proportionate to your print circulation/holds data?Â Additionally, if 99 million people visited the site, how many of them left with either an item checked out or placed on hold?Â Reading between the lines, it looks to me like 99 million visitors tried very hard to search the catalog (1.6 billion views) for an available title and most left with nothing.
Here is more from the press release:
Dallas, TX â€“ American Library Association Midwinter Conference, Jan. 19, 2012 â€“ OverDrive, the leading global distributor of eBooks and audiobooks, will release 2011 year-end statistics from its global network of 18,000 libraries and schools in 21 countries at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Dallas, January 20-23 (Booth 845).Â Due to the rapid expansion of device compatibility and consumer awareness, eBook discovery and online reader visits at libraries and schools worldwide experienced triple digit growth in 2011: OverDrive library website traffic more than doubled to 1.6 billion page views and visitor sessions also doubled to nearly 100 million.Â At the conference, OverDrive will share statistics and user profile data as well as demonstrate new digital book discovery services to help libraries meet the exploding demand. Continue reading OverDrive use data – demand doubled but what about circulation?
From an OverDrive press release:Â OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, has added thousands of foreign-language materials in dozens of genres to its broad catalog of more than 700,000 digital titles available across the globe. OverDriveâ€™s online catalog, Content Reserve, which contains digital books in more than 50 languages, recently added popular and bestselling titles in Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian and Turkish with thousands of Spanish eBooks coming soon.
Recently signed global distribution agreements include: Continue reading OverDrive expands foreign-language materials
A flurry of blog posts and news articles are appearing related to the Penguin announcement to suspend library lending of titles. Here are a few articles of interest: