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Overdrive adds “auto checkout” feature
August 5, 2014 | 12:22 pm

Overdrive auto checkoutI was adding a book to my Overdrive Holds list at my library yesterday and stumbled across a new feature: auto checkout. Curious, I went to the Overdrive site to learn more. According to Overdrive, when you sign up for auto checkout, you'll receive an email when your book is ready and automatically checked out. I haven't had a chance to try it, but I assume you'll then go to your account and select the format you prefer from the borrow menu. I'm excited about the option because it address a concern of mine. We camp several time a year with little...

Why can’t libraries charge for books?
June 25, 2014 | 4:25 pm

overdrive librariesTwo articles in today's Morning Links dovetailed nicely for me. The first was on a plan that Overdrive Books has to charge for movies on a pay-per-use basis. The second was on the struggle libraries are having to balance eBook acquisition with customer demand. It struck me, as it often does when reading about the libraries, how limiting it must be to try and problem-solve when you are constrained by an outdated model. Libraries cannot meet demand because they are limited by a model which says only one person can sign out each book at a time, and they are limited...

Morning Roundup: Hachette to acquire Perseus Group, More on libraries
June 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

Perseus GroupWhat's Next for eBooks in Libraries? (Publishers Weekly) Here’s the good news: when it comes to libraries and e-books, there’s been progress. All the major publishers are now participating in the library e-book market, and there are a number of competing platform providers in the space. The big question now is, can the library e-book experience meet users’ expectations? *** Hachette to Acquire Perseus Group, Will Split it with Ingram (The Digital Reader) Hachette has announced Tuesday night that they are acquiring Perseus Book Group. *** Amazon Responds to German Anti-Trust Complaint, Says it Wants a Larger Commission on eBooks (GigaOM) Amazon responded to the German Publishers...

Overdrive segregating Smashwords books. Disappointed but not surprised
June 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

overdrive logoNate at The Digital Reader has a story about an author discovering that books from Smashwords have been segregated in the Overdrive system. According to the article, author Maria Schneider made the discovery when she talked to a librarian friend to make sure they were available. Well. Smashwords does ship the books to Overdrive. HOWEVER, in order for the librarian to even FIND the books in the list, she had to spend a lot of time researching. None of the usual methods worked: Title, nope. Author name, nope. OH. Turns out there is a box on overdrive underneath some other menu…labeled “Self-published.” Once she FOUND...

Full of dross or not, Smashwords still a boon to libraries
June 3, 2014 | 5:58 pm

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 convince libraries to throw their money away on poorly-written, badly-edited rubbish. Libraries are going to feel ripped off that they have bought titles that no one will read and if they do, will likely be very vocal about the poor writing quality and in the end, libraries will feel like...

Morning Roundup: New DRM-free eBook retailer, Overdrive’s big library event next week
May 27, 2014 | 9:00 am

drm-freeNew 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 in Chicago, and Red Hen Press in Pasadena, California. *** Fisking Charlie Stross: More on Hachette/Amazon (Joe Konrath) I don't know Charlie Stross, but he's a Hachette author who just commented, wrongly, on the Amazon/Hachette situation. *** Overdrive's Big Library Read Event Launches Next Week (The Digital Reader) Starting on 3 June, OverDrive will be holding a two week long Big...

Smashwords partners with Overdrive
May 20, 2014 | 9:15 am

SmashwordsMany 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 local libraries using OverDrive, the companies announced on Tuesday. "This is huge news," Smashwords founder Mark Coker said in a phone interview. "It's difficult for self-published authors to get distribution on OverDrive. They (OverDrive) can't take on titles one-by-one. OverDrive would have to invest millions of dollars in technical aspects. "This is something we can offer with an aggregator like Smashwords.” More...

Enjoying OverDrive e-books from the Indianapolis Public Library
May 18, 2014 | 2:12 pm

PANO_20140422_152236One 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 library back in Springfield only had a few thousand titles, and not many I actually wanted. But the Indianapolis library has almost 35,000 fiction titles alone, including all three Hugo nominees Orbit decided not to provide to the Hugo voter packet. This morning I’ve been checking out and downloading a number...

OverDrive adds bestselling Japanese e-books
May 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

overdriveapp-150x150OverDrive 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 titles into Japanese libraries and schools. Along with distributions, MediaDo and OverDrive will deliver Japanese and overseas e-books to public, school, government, and corporate users inside and outside of Japan. “We are honored to join MediaDo in forming OverDrive Japan,” said Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, in a release. “Japanese content has proven popular throughout the world, and we are delighted to lead...

OverDrive e-books available for Kindle FreeTime
May 7, 2014 | 2:14 pm

kindle freetimeOverDrive’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 entertainment categories. OverDrive offers schools and libraries use of its e-books from more than 800 publishers. There are thousands of children’s books available through OverDrive. Parents can add e-books they want to FreeTime by following these steps: Go to the “Manage Content & Subscription” section in FreeTime by taking the following steps: 1) On the Start screen for FreeTime,...

Morning Roundup: How DRM makes us less safe. Overdrive ebooks now on Kindle FreeTime
May 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

drmOverDrive 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 Helping Small Kids Learn Words (The Digital Reader) A team of researchers at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute have found that displaying a picture book on an iPad, and combining it with narration, improved small children’s ability to understand the words they are seeing. *** How DRM Makes Us All Less Safe (Techdirt) We've talked a lot lately about how the...

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive
January 24, 2014 | 12:19 pm

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 mp3. Aside from minor vendors like Playaway, OverDrive effectively is the the library audiobook market so today's news is a big deal. Audiobooks in general, and Amazon/Audible in particular, are the last holdouts for DRM in audio. The mp3 music market is DRM-free, and there are even a couple audiobook retailers that have gone...