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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...

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights
July 10, 2013 | 8:53 pm

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for the benefit of future sociological and cultural researchers; it later expanded into archiving other media as well. More recently, Kahle started collecting print books, and scanning them as well as archiving them; it was his intention to collect and save one of every print book ever published. These scanned books would also...

Long lag time between physical and e-book loans from the library
June 25, 2013 | 10:45 am

On the very same day, I placed a hold for an e-book version of Dan Brown’s "Inferno" on OverDrive, and for the actual physical book in my local library's system. I’m not sure where I was in the queue for the e-book, but I was somewhere around 237 to get the physical book from the library. I knew I'd be waiting. Probably about two weeks later, I got an automated call from the library that my book was in. I picked it up, read it over the weekend, and on June 9, the physical book was back at the library. My need to...

Morning Roundup: Tablets to outsell desktops in 2013
May 29, 2013 | 10:26 am

Morning RoundupTablets to Outsell Desktops in 2013; Sub-1o0Inch Emerging as Most Popular (Good e-Reader) Research firm IDC has come up with some new findings that confirm what an earlier survey had revealed; tablet PC shipments will outpace that of notebooks in 2013. The survey also revealed that shipments of tablets will surpass all forms of computing, including desktops and notebooks by 2015. --- In Search of a Happy Ending (Futurebook) Recent news and analysis of publishing has made me wonder if the book business is hoping for its own ‘happy ending’. --- Authoritarian Governments Still Trying to Seek More Control Over Internet (Techdirt) There was plenty of attention...