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eBooksAreForever wants to help indie authors get into libraries, and libraries to own e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Coming up with a way to get independent e-books into libraries is a tricky issue. You’ve got programs like Smashwords’s collaboration with OverDrive (which can be a trifle confusing, even leaving aside critics complaining about the selection) and Library Journal’s SELF-e Select. There are [...]

Getting the PDF to ePub conversion right: OverDrive’s new goal for the cell phone era

By David Rothman
August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

Hate e-books? If you’re an academic, it’s easy to back up your biases. You just inflict PDF on subjects in P vs. E experiments. PDF  generally offers less control than ePub over such trivial details as font size, at least if you want lines to break in the right places. I hate PDF for, say, [...]

Japanese citizens buy the most e-books per capita

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Update: Nate’s questioning BI’s numbers. He could be right. A recent piece in Business Insider reports that Japanese consumers are crazy about their e-books. On average, they spend nearly twice as much on e-books per capita as the average US user ($86.50 vs $46). Indeed, the US is only [...]

How to Check Out Overdrive Library Books On a Kobo eReader

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 24, 2015 // 3 Comments

Note that these same instructions will work for a Nook or other ePub reader, not just a Kobo. I’m just using a Kobo for this example. Before you follow the steps in my post, you’ll need to authorize both your computer with Adobe Digital Editions using the instructions in the above [...]

How to Checkout Overdrive Library Books on Kindle

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

For a long time, Kindle users were out of luck in getting library books on their devices. Joanna tells me that’s still the case in Canada, so you have my sympathies if you’re also outside the US, where ePub is your only option in Overdrive. If however, you are in the US, and your public [...]

Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The library is still the place to be – at least digitally. A few days ago, OverDrive announced that 10 public libraries surpassed one million digital checkouts for 2014. Six did it in 2013. Checkouts include ebooks, audiobooks, music and video streaming, and periodicals from OverDrive’s [...]

Big Library Read to offer up its latest book in October

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

The next installment of Big Library Read will take place next month. Anatomy of a Misfit will be featured for two weeks on OverDrive, the e-book lending library app. Anatomy of a Misfit is HarperCollins book by Andrea Portes. OverDrive allows customers to check out e-books of thousands of titles. [...]

Full of dross or not, Smashwords still a boon to libraries

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 10 Comments

Funny how quick some people jump to conclusions. On Good e-Reader, Michael Kozlowski slams Smashwords’s new public library program to bring curated lists of its e-books to libraries inexpensively via OverDrive. Kozlowski feels that Smashwords is a slush pile, plain and simple, and it seeks to [...]

Enjoying OverDrive e-books from the Indianapolis Public Library

By Chris Meadows
May 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the great things about being in Indianapolis is having the Indianapolis Public Library’s main branch just a few blocks away. It’s a gorgeous place, with plenty of books and excellent facilities. One of those facilities I like the most is an extensive OverDrive e-book collection. The [...]

OverDrive adds bestselling Japanese e-books

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

OverDrive has added Japanese publishing aggregator MediaDo in what OverDrive is calling “an alliance.” OverDrive Japan will distribute popular Japanese content such as manga and adult fiction through OverDrive’s global network. This will add more than one million e-book and audiobook [...]

OverDrive e-books available for Kindle FreeTime

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

OverDrive’s e-books will be available on Kindle FreeTime, the company announced today. FreeTime is a free feature on Kindle Fire tablets that allows parents to limit a child’s screen time or restrict certain segments to ensure safe usage. FreeTime content is separated into educational or [...]

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
January 24, 2014 // 4 Comments

The mp3 audiobook market has been DRM-free for years, and at least part of the audiobook market is going to follow suit. OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook supplier for libraries and institutions, has announced that they’re phasing out the WMA format audiobooks in favor of DRM-free [...]

OverDrive’s impressive 2013 shows readers finding new outlets for e-books

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Data suggests that e-book sales are flat and slowing down. However, ask those working at publishing companies and they will politely tell you the pace hasn’t slowed down at all. At the Digital Book World Conference, several publishers including Sourcebook’s Dominique Raccha and Simon & [...]

Good News: Penguin Has Relaxed Restrictions on Kindle Library Books

By libertyc
September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

You may have read that Penguin books are again available for purchase in Overdrive, which means library patrons will soon see popular Penguin books in their libraries. Hooray! Well, there’s more good news. In the Overdrive announcement on Wednesday, they said that while new books would be [...]

OverDrive to offer e-books in China; Hires new executive for video growth

By libertyc
September 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

OverDrive CEO Steve Potash (left). Overdrive made some announcements over the last week. The first came on Friday where the e-book lending company announced it is taking steps to offer its digital content in China. The company stated it will be working with libraries, school and retailers to [...]

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