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Morning Links: Overdrive acquired by Rakuten. Raising kids who read
March 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

overdrive librariesOverdrive Acquired by Rakuten, Owners of Kobo (GoodeReader) Tokyo-based Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s largest internet service companies, has acquired OverDrive in what is another in a long line of acquisitions dedicated to increasing the global footprint of companies, adding reading focus to its practices, and extending itself into new markets. *** How to Raise Kids Who Read (GalleyCat) Want to raise a child who loves reading? Daniel Willingham, author of the book Raising Kids Who Read recommends making reading “the most appealing thing a child can do.” *** 2015 PEN Longlists Revealed (PW) PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary...

Morning Links: Libraries concerned about lack of Kindle format. Protecting an open Internet
February 24, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle formatLibraries Are Concerned About the Lack of New e-books in the Kindle Format (GoodeReader) Libraries all over the US have expressed concern to Good e-Reader that the vast majority of new e-book titles from Overdrive are not available in the Kindle format. *** Trade Agreements Should Protect an Open Internet, Not Kill It (Techdirt) For a few years now, we've been writing about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and how we're quite concerned by many aspects of it. *** In the Age of Niche Media, Everyone Still Really Wants to be Mass (GigaOM) In a nutshell, De Boer said that his problem with many of...

Morning Links: Best touchscreen gloves. Reading diversely
January 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

touchscreen glovesSix Best Touchscreen Gloves (Lifehacker) Here are the six pair of touchscreen gloves you swiped right the most on, and now it's time to find a winner. Hurry up, it's freezing. *** Overdrive: eBook Checkouts Up 33% (Library Journal) Public and school libraries that are part of OverDrive’s global network circulated 137 million ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other digital media in 2014—a 33 percent increase compared with 2013, according to statistics released by the company. *** New York City Backs Off School Cell Phone Bans... (Techdirt) Fast forward nearly a decade and Mayor de Blasio -- the first New York City Mayor in city history to have...

Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014
December 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

OverDrive logo 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 collection. Two libraries hit the two million mark. The percentage in parenthesis shows the growth from the previous year. 2 Million or more digital checkouts • Toronto Public Library (ON): (49% growth over 2013) • King County Library System (WA): (33%) 1 million+ • New York Public Library (NY): (42%) • Seattle Public Library (WA): (35%) • Hennepin County Library (MN): (33%) • Los...

Big Library Read to offer up its latest book in October
September 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

AnatomyOfAMisfitThe 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. But similar to a library, the book can only be checked out if a copy is available. Big Library Read allows anyone to check out the book simultaneously from participating libraries – meaning no hold for anyone. The next Big Library Read takes places October 13-28. Big Library Read brings attention to authors and...

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...