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 [...]

Morning Roundup: New DRM-free eBook retailer, Overdrive’s big library event next week

By Joanna Cabot
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

New DRM-Free eBook Retailer Focused on Small Press and Literary Fiction Launches (Digital Book World) In addition to three original novels, the site features titles from 13 publishers, including Coach House Books in Toronto, Black Balloon Publishing and Tyrant Books in New York, Curbside Splendor [...]

Smashwords partners with Overdrive

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Many successful self-published authors and small presses have found success using Smashwords‘ distributions network. They are able to get their e-books on about a dozen platforms. Smashwords has just announced one more. E-books on Smashwords have the opportunity to be checked out through [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: How DRM makes us less safe. Overdrive ebooks now on Kindle FreeTime

By Joanna Cabot
May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

OverDrive Ebooks Now Available on Amazon Kids’ Platform Kindle Free Time (Digital Book World) OverDrive announced today that eBooks from more than 20,000 schools and libraries in its U.S. network are available to be used with Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime. *** Researchers: eBooks Beat Print Books at [...]

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 & [...]

Morning Roundup: How Good is the iPad Air, Overdrive Launches Streaming Video Pilot and more

By libertyc
November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

How Good is the iPad Air? (Baekdal) Some of my readers have asked me the review the new iPad Air. In short, it’s freaking fabulous, which I will explain why below … but… *** Shatzkin: The Challenge and Opportunity of Self-Published Authors for Publishers (Digital Book World) [...]

Macmillan offers complete backlist to ebook lending libraries

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Macmillan is putting its backlist in ebook lending libraries. The big publishing house confirmed to Publishers Weekly that more than 11,000 titles will be available through OverDrive, 3M and Baker & Taylor. Frontlist titles are not currently available. Alison Lazarus, president of [...]

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 [...]

E-Books and the Miami-Dade Library Crisis: One way to help thwart the misers

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

All of Miami-Dade’s library branches will remain open, apparently, despite Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez‘s earlier talk about closing 22 branches in the Miami-Dade system. But 169 librarians will lose their jobs, and hours will shrink under his newer plan if this foolishness becomes [...]

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 [...]

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