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OverDrive updates Media Console app

By libertyc
August 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

OverDrive released an update to its Media Console app for iOS and Android this week. Version 3.0 offers a new interface with easier downloading of e-books through your local library; it also syncs over different devices. OverDrive works with libraries to offer lending of e-books and audiobooks. I [...]

OverDrive announces second book of Big Library Read program after successful first promotion

By libertyc
August 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

OverDrive announced the second book of its Big Library Read program recently. This time, the e-book lending company is going with a children’s book—Jane O’Connor’s “Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth“—which is published through HarperCollins. The book will be available [...]

Overdrive Media Console (App Review)

By libertyc
March 16, 2013 // 6 Comments

At the end of January, I wrote an article on the Overdrive overhaul, and how users weren’t completely happy with the new interface. To follow up on that, I decided to try the Overdrive Media Console app and see how it fares as an e-reading app. My verdict? I want to like it. I really do. But [...]

New OverDrive Site Not Meeting User Expectations?

By libertyc
January 30, 2013 // 5 Comments

Late last year, OverDrive began rolling out a new look to their site. My own library in Fairfax County had a “New Look Coming” banner up for several weeks. When I tried it out for the first time, my reaction was, “Not great, but I can live with it.” I wasn’t crazy [...]

Kindle Fire-usable version of OverDrive is now available in Amazon's app store

By libertyc
October 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

A Kindle Fire-usable version of the OverDrive e-library app has now reached the Amazon app store. That could give the app’s Android version a nice boost—the Fire is essentially an Android machine turned into an Amazon cash register. Fire owners earlier had to go to the OverDrive site to [...]

Morning Roundup — Links to start your day

By libertyc
September 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

StoryBundle Second Bundle Available (The Digital Reader) Overdrive Releases New Statistics on Book Lending (Good E-Reader) Newsprint Joins the Internet of Things (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deal: (2) Richard Castle mystery novels (and) [...]

In Texas, even the e-books are big

By libertyc
August 1, 2012 // 5 Comments

Regardless of how the writers at Gawker may feel about the Sunday Styles section, I’ve always been a big fan of trend stories. And as a long-time freelance journalist, I’ve learned to keep a eye out for articles in small-town newspapers, for instance, that might be hinting at a [...]

Publishers and libraries still trying to work out e-book lending

By libertyc
July 29, 2012 // 6 Comments

The Economist has an article which summarizes the current state of affairs around e-book library lending. Publishers have an awkward relationship with libraries when it comes to allowing books to be lent, since someone who borrows a book may not have any need to buy it after reading it, which could [...]

Douglas County Libraries in Colorado builds its own e-book lending system

By libertyc
May 11, 2012 // 1 Comment

BoingBoing has a brief but interesting piece from a representative of Douglas County Libraries in Colorado (which we mentioned in March), which has created its own e-book lending system by dealing directly with publishers, rather than relying on a third party such as Overdrive to mediate between [...]

3M launches library e-book and e-reader program

By libertyc
April 29, 2012 // 3 Comments

Is there room in the library e-book field for a competitor to Overdrive? Wired reports that tape and media manufacturer 3M thinks so, and is launching a library e-book lending initiative called the 3M Cloud Library with 40 publishers (including Random House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Wiley) and [...]

OverDrive suspends library pre-sales of Harry Potter e-books

By libertyc
March 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

Found via eBookNewser: OverDrive has temporarily postponed library pre-sales of the forthcoming Harry Potter e-books. Overdrive Public Relations and Social Media Specialist Michael Lovett writes: We’re excited about the forthcoming launch of Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks for library [...]

E-book checkouts from libraries takes off

By libertyc
January 20, 2012 // 5 Comments

We lately mentioned the popularity of Amazon’s Kindle owner lending library rogram, but iPads and Kindles have another popular lending option that is also exploding. OverDrive reported that traffic to its “virtual branch” websites more than doubled last year, seeing a 130% increase. While [...]

Penguin extends library e-book restrictions to downloadable audiobooks

By libertyc
January 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

We previously mentioned Penguin’s decision to stop making new e-book titles available to libraries in the USA and the UK. The Digital Shift reports that decision extends to downloadable digital audiobooks as well. A message from Overdrive yesterday explains this applies to audiobook titles [...]

Kindle e-books not actually available at all 11,000 libraries yet, but soon will be

By libertyc
September 21, 2011 // 1 Comment

Earlier today we linked Amazon’s press release stating that its Kindle e-books were available in 11,000 libraries nationwide. In some respects Amazon may have jumped the gun a little, as I found when I went looking for these books via my own local library (which lends out Overdrive e-books). I [...]

Seattle area libraries test Kindle e-book lending program

By libertyc
September 20, 2011 // 3 Comments

Amazon’s convenience store package drops aren’t the only new thing it’s testing in Seattle. Reports are surfacing that Seattle area libraries are the first to get to try Amazon’s new Overdrive-based Kindle library lending program. Patrons with Kindles can download time-limited-license [...]

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