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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...

OverDrive’s impressive 2013 shows readers finding new outlets for e-books
January 17, 2014 | 12:33 pm

OverdriveData 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 & Schuster’s Carolyn Reidy both agreed the rate of change is not slowing down even with the information that e-book sales have slowed. A big part of that may have to do with information released this week from OverDrive, a distributor of e-books, digital audiobooks, music and video to libraries. Consider this: it took 10 years for OverDrive to reach...

Morning Roundup: How Good is the iPad Air, Overdrive Launches Streaming Video Pilot and more
November 19, 2013 | 9:00 am

how good is the ipad airHow 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) Self-publishing has become a palpable presence in the publishing world. In the first half of this year, self-published titles hit the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List 66 times — more times than some of the biggest publishers in the world. And it’s not abating: More self-published titles are being published every year, according to the latest...

Macmillan offers complete backlist to ebook lending libraries
October 18, 2013 | 2:13 pm

ebook lending librariesMacmillan 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 Macmillan’s sales division, told PW, it was done as part of the publisher’s “ongoing evaluation of e-lending.” Macmillan had made a small group of titles available for e-lending less than a year ago with Minotaur Books imprint, a pilot program for lending e-books. According to PW, there are no reported changes to Macmillan’s model. E-book titles have two years or are borrowed 52 times...

Good News: Penguin Has Relaxed Restrictions on Kindle Library Books
September 27, 2013 | 11:07 am

Overdrive 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 available, Kindle owners would still need to use USB to load them (although savvy borrowers knew of the work-around for that problem). Yesterday, Overdrive announced that Penguin books are now available as "Get for Kindle" just like books from other publishers. No more USB. No more work-arounds. One final bit of good Overdrive news. You...

OverDrive to offer e-books in China; Hires new executive for video growth
September 17, 2013 | 10:30 am

[caption id="attachment_96822" align="alignleft" width="368"] OverDrive CEO Steve Potash (left).[/caption] 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 establish digital lending platforms in China. OverDrive CEO Steve Potash signed a an agreement with the China National Publications Import & Export Corporation (CNPIEC) while at the Beijing International Book Fair. In addition, Overdrive hired a former YouTube executive to lead video partnerships. Lee C. Milstein, who worked at Google, AOL and DivX,...

E-Books and the Miami-Dade Library Crisis: One way to help thwart the misers
August 28, 2013 | 1:19 pm

libraryAll 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 reality. The public uproar against Gimenez’s stinginesss goes on. Please join more than 5,000 library fans in "liking" the Save the Miami-Dade Public Libraries page on Facebook, no matter where you live. Might greater reliance on e-books and other digital content end the crisis instantly? Of course not. Even now, it isn’t as if the Miami-Dade system has ignored all the possibilities. Still, according to...

OverDrive updates Media Console app
August 23, 2013 | 3:02 pm

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 tried out the new version and found the upgrade to be well worth it. To start, there is audio to explain the new features and also screen prompts. It takes you through the update seamlessly. The best part is how easy it is to sign in and download a book. It seemingly took extra steps for me...

OverDrive announces second book of Big Library Read program after successful first promotion
August 22, 2013 | 11:17 am

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 through the OverDrive app with participating libraries from Sept. 16-30. There will be no holds during that period, which means thousands of people can simultaneously read the book without waiting. OverDrive debuted the program in May with "The Four Corners of the Sky" by Michael Malone, through Sourcebooks. The program's first attempt was a success from nearly every standpoint—according to David Burleigh, OverDrive’s...