From an OverDrive blog post: Â More people are downloading eBooks and more from the library than ever before. Due to this increased usage, many of our public, school, and college library partners have received more questions about the service from first-time patrons. (What software do I need? How do I authorize my device?) We also know that when a returning user gets a new device, there may be additional questions.
To make it easier for users to get the answers they need about the devices they own, weâ€™re rolling outÂ My Help beta on all â€˜Virtual Branchâ€™ websites over the next week. My Help provides information for getting started and assistance for a userâ€™s specific computer or device.
From an OverDrive Press Release: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPadÂ® with the free OverDriveÂ® Media Consoleâ„¢ app. The optimized app enables users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide to wirelessly download and enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from a local library on the AppleÂ® device. Popular and best-selling titles, including â€œThe Girl with the Dragon Tattooâ€ by Stieg Larsson, â€œUnbrokenâ€ by Laura Hillenbrand, and â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ by Suzanne Collins, are a few of the Most Downloaded Books from the Library (www.overdrive.com/mostdownloaded). These digital books and more in popular genres like romance, mystery, thriller, and virtually every subject can now be borrowed from libraries and enjoyed in an optimized iPad app.
The OverDrive Media Console app for iPad is available in the App Store (http://bit.ly/OverDriveApp). To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com. Continue reading OverDrive Media Console app for iPad – direct library eBook & audiobook downloads
Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-Win for Publishers and libraries?
Ruth Liebmann, Random House, Micah Bowers, BlueFire Reader, Katie Dunneback, Librarian and Consultant
Katie set the stage with a broad introduction to libraries. Â The people inside give the libraries meaning. Libraries develop relationships with their customers and advise on books to read (readers advisory). Libraries are discovery centers through the readers advisory services. Â Libraries are where individuals experiment with new formats at low investment. Â Libraries can help save the reader time. Â Katie suggested ways that publishers can benefit from libraries, particularly by introducing slicker DRM and using the sills of MLS librarians who know cataloging and metadata. Â Katie then demonstrated a 21 step process to download a public library ebook and download it to an eReader device. Â Katie walked us through the readers advisory process, describing how she interviews patrons on their likes/dislikes of an author and recommend similar authors/series. Â She also discusses eReaders with patrons and provided us with a list of eReader topics that she discussed with 2 patrons the previous week. Â Topics included: Â price, lighting, territorial rights, covers, library access, etc. Continue reading TOC – Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-Win for Publishers and libraries?
Reprinted in full from One Librarian’s Perspective, by Tim Kambitsch, Director of the Dayton Metro Library.
It is fashionable to declared Digital Rights Management (DRM) dead. And maybe in the world of music it is. For eBooks in the library marketplace, however, DRM is alive and well. The book publishers who may be more conservative than the music industry in trying to protect their intellectual property are willing to stymie sales in electronic formats to maximize their sense of security.
In the ideal open-yet-market-driven eBook environment there won’t be DRM, but regardless of whether DRM lives on, the closed vertically integrated world of eBooks sales to libraries presents a bigger problem; it is that environment that needs to change. For libraries to both offer electronic collections and maintain their role of building collections for the long term we need a layered environment where the purchase of materials is separated from the where those purchased materials are hosted. Further, library patrons deserve distinct choices for the programs and devices they use for readings. Continue reading Opening the eBook Market
Fabulous post, and summary of the Digital Book World Conference thus far, from Eric Hellman. Â He reports on a panel discussion from DBW today, moderated by Josh Hadro at Library Journal. Â LJ has a great summary article of the discussion as well. Â The topic – why libraries belong in the eBook ecosystem. Â Panelists included OverDrive CEO, Steve Potash, New York Public Library Deputy Director Christopher Platt, and big 6 vice president,Â Random House Director of Account Marketing Ruth Liebmann. Â I followed some of the tweets today, which were great. Â You can see the stream at #dbwlibrary and #dbw11.
Yesterday, OverDrive released updates to the OverDrive Media Console apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android, which include the addition of one-click, automatic downloads and other enhancements to user experience.
At the same time, theyâ€™ve updated the mobile â€˜Virtual Branchâ€™ sites for libraries with a Project Gutenberg collection, enabling access to the 15,000 DRM-free EPUB Â eBooks on iPhone and Android. This gives users a chance to download an eBook directly to their iPhone or Android every time they visit your mobile site without waiting lists or holds.
More information and visuals about these OverDrive upgrades are available on the OverDrive Library blog.
My friend and colleague, Erik Christopher (@eBookNoir), recently wrote a two part article on lending eBooks for Publishing Perspectives. Â Cleverly titled, “Friends Romans, Librarians: Â Lend Me Your eBooks” (parts 1 and 2), Christopher discusses lending issues with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and OverDrive.
Friends, Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your E-book (Part 1)
From an OverDrive press release:Â Libraries and schools worldwide were at the forefront of the eBook boom in 2010, as patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhoneÂ®, Androidâ„¢, SonyÂ® Reader, NOOKâ„¢, and personal computers. More than one million new users signed on to access free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from â€˜Virtual Branchâ€™ websites last year, resulting in a 200 percent increase in eBook checkouts and a 52 percent increase in audiobook checkouts over 2009. To find eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles from a library near you, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
Key statistics for library eBooks, audiobooks, and more from OverDrive-powered digital catalogs include: Continue reading 200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats
OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) has released apps for iPhoneÂ® and Androidâ„¢ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a â€œGet Booksâ€ feature that guides users to their local libraryâ€™s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive, including institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries. Continue reading OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads
I attended the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians Conference today and one of the speakers was Nicole Merriman from the State Library of Ohio. Â Nicole provided details on the Ohio eBook Project, a statewide public library consortium purchasing eBooks and audio books through OverDrive. Â Academic and school libraries are not able to join the program anymore because OverDrive now offers an academic and school product. Continue reading Ohio’s Public Library eBook Project
Today OverDrive posted a Video Sneak Preview of their upcoming eBook app for iPhone. Check it out at the following:
Digital Library Blog Post: http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2010/11/09/sneak-preview-overdrive-ebook-app-for-iphone/
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhbV3phZ-N4
The app will support OverDrive-supplied EPUB eBooks upon initial release, and will also continue to support OverDrive MP3 audiobooks like previous versions of the OverDrive app for iPhone. The app for iPhone is currently slated for release in early December.
Big news fom the Digital Library blog at OverDrive about their pilot project with Project Gutenberg records – it’s live and available for libraries. Â From the blog post: Â OverDriveâ€™sÂ Project Gutenberg eBook collection, featuring over 15,000 EPUB titles that are free to your library and to your customers, is out of beta and available on more than 125 â€˜Virtual Branchâ€™ websites. Since we launched this feature in August, library customers have downloaded 100,000 eBooks from the collection. Thatâ€™s great news for all libraries with these free EPUB eBooks because each download can count as a circulation for your library, even though no authentication is needed to access these â€˜always availableâ€™ titles.
More information, including instructions on viewing the “Gutenberg Report” within one’s Content Reserve account, is in the post.
OverDrive issued a statement today in response to the Publishers Association remarks on eBook lending. The full statement is here.Â An excerpt:
OverDrive proudly works with over 50 UK publishers that license eBooks to UK public libraries for lending via remote download. Since the inception of the service over 6 years ago, slightly over 14,000 total eBook units serving public library authorities in Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland have been licensed through OverDrive. The average circulation is 2.9 check outs per title. As the service grows in popularity, circulation will increase. But so will the number of units, thereby keeping the circulation per title relatively constant.
Publishers, please read this, particularly those of you involved with the Publishers Association.
Reprinted in full from Library Journal, October 15, 2010. Francine, you go girl!
We missed you, but, more importantly, you missed out on an opportunity to engage in discussion with a large market already invested in the future of ebooks. ÂLibrary Journal and School Library Journalâ€™s first virtual ebook summitâ€”a daylong event on September 29â€”focused on how public, academic, and school libraries are addressing digital books. It drew over 2100 registrants who stayed for an average of five and one-half hours. Over 238 libraries purchased site licenses so staff could come and go. At Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, the event drewâ€”and distractedâ€”the entire leadership team from its regularly scheduled meeting. (The summit archive is still available online, until December 31, 2010, at www.ebook-summit.com.) Continue reading Publishers, please read this, particularly those of you involved with PA
Great news from SONY.Â They just announced 30 libraries across the country who will participate with them in the SONY Reader Library Program.Â It’s truly wonderful to see an eBook reader company reaching out to libraries to promote and encourage the use of the eBooks.Â What is unclear, however, is whether the program encourages libraries to lend the SONY devices to patrons.Â The press release states that devices will be provided for library staff use and patron demonstrations.Â Â I hope they won’t stop short of the idea to lend devices to patrons.Â Here is more information from the SONY Press Release: Continue reading SONY’s Reader Library Program – But can they loan the devices?
I’m really curious about this, and reading a blog post from the Librarian in Black, which summarized a library futures event has gotten me even more curious.
Most public libraries who are lending eBook readers (at least those in the news) are loaning Kindles.Â Why aren’t they lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers?Â Kindle readers are not compatible with any of the library eBook aggregator content and require that libraries purchase titles again, in the Kindle format.Â But nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers ARE compatible with some OverDrive and NetLibrary titles because they are in Adobe Digital Editions or PDF formats.Â Am I missing something here?Â Isn’t is plausible that a public library with large OverDrive and NetLibrary collections could pre-load already purchased content onto a compatible device and lend the device and the title to the patron? The Kobo reader comes loaded with 100 free titles.Â Many free eBooks can be loaded onto these devices as well (even the Kindle is open to some of these).
Is it the fine print? Is it the content?Â Or is it lack of knowledge on devices?Â Your input on this issue is much appreciated.
From an OverDrive press release:
OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will demonstrate digital book downloads available from Americaâ€™s public libraries at the 2010 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This high-tech 18-wheeler and mobile exhibit offers hands-on demonstrations of download services available 24/7 from more than 11,000 libraries worldwide.
Digital Bookmobile visitors will be able to browse a library’s download website; sample eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, and video on interactive PC and MacÂ® computer stations; learn how to download; and test compatible devices including the SonyÂ® Reader, nookâ„¢, iPodÂ®, ZuneÂ®, and Smartphonesâ€”all loaded with digital titles from the library. Continue reading OverDrive will demo digital downloads at National Book Festival
The Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study from ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics just released their 2009-10 statistics.Â Included in this report wasÂ U.S. public libraries providing access to ebooks – which was 65.9%
A sampling of the % of Libraries Providing E-Books In:
- New Yorkâ€“71%
Note: Since e-books are listed in the Internet category weâ€™re assuming these are books downloaded off the Internet from services like OverDrive, Safari, NetLibrary, Books 24Ã—7, ebrary, and others. Weâ€™re trying to find out how these numbers and ones to come will count books downloaded once to a Kindle, iPad, nook, or other device and then loaned to many users.
Thanks to Resource Shelf for this information.
Last Friday, the Boston Public Library added 15,000 Project Gutenberg books to it’s virtual library, supported by OverDrive.Â This new project between OverDrive and Project Gutenberg is currently in beta and allows libraries to provide access to these public domain titles at no charge.Â The titles are DRM free EPub books and users will not run into holds, checkouts, or authentication.
The full press release from OverDrive is available and current OverDrive customers who are interested in adding the Gutenberg titles to their own virtual library should contact OverDrive’s partner services group at email@example.com.