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18Mar/110

Overdrive’s Digipalooza conference to be held in Cleveland this year

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From the press release.  It looks like it will be quite interesting:

Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in library eBook borrowing with panels on industry trends, best practices, marketing and outreach, and upcoming enhancements to the OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) service. A roundtable featuring representatives from several of the world’s leading publishing houses will provide librarians with the chance to ask questions, in-person, about the future of library eBook lending.

“Hundreds of librarians and publishing professionals from the US and Canada joined us for OverDrive’s second Digipalooza in 2008, but much has changed since then, with the introduction of new eBook reading technology,” said Shannon Lichty, manager of library partner services at OverDrive. “eBook usage at many libraries has doubled in the past few months with the introduction of our mobile apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™, as well as increased adoption of eBook readers and tablets. Digipalooza is a unique chance for our library partners to share experiences with fellow librarians, Team OverDrive, and publishers.”

“Digipalooza is my GPS for navigating the bumpy road of digital library world. Practical and forward-thinking librarians share best practices while OverDrive staff provide background and answer questions,” said Sarah Redman, adult services librarian at Capital Area District Library in Michigan. “The conference is essential for librarians who work with OverDrive at any level, giving us opportunities to discuss trends and share ideas for creating robust digital media catalogs.”

The Digipalooza conference features vital sessions for librarians, including:


  • Managing the eBook Explosion: New Challenges and Opportunities for Your Library
  • Publisher Roundtable and Library Lending Dialogue
  • Going Mobile: The Latest Devices and Apps
  • The Digital Lending Library: Maximize the Value of the ‘Virtual Branch’

A full program and activities schedule is available at http://www.digipalooza.com/Program.aspx.

3Mar/110

OverDrive’s most downloaded

Here are the most downloaded adult fiction books. You can find the rest here.

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1Mar/110

OverDrive’s message to librarties on HarperCollins new ebook licensing terms

overdrive.jpgI thought this was worth publishing in full, given the importance of the matter. It comes from an email I received this morning. Blockquotes omitted:

From Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO:

Since Friday, we’ve heard directly from many library partners about the new eBook licensing terms instituted by HarperCollins. As an initial step, here is what OverDrive is doing about it.

Beginning March 7, we are making changes in the eBook ordering process. HarperCollins eBooks and their catalog of titles will be moved from our general eBook catalog to a separate collection. Until we have time to review the effect of these new terms with our library partners, HarperCollins eBooks will not be listed in our Library Marketplace. You will be able to review and order HarperCollins eBooks from a separated catalog, if you so choose.

For those librarians who are less familiar with me or OverDrive, we know that you have expressed concern that OverDrive failed to stand up for you and your readers in this situation with HarperCollins, and that OverDrive did not do enough to prevent these changes. This sentiment does not accurately characterize my and OverDrive’s work in the library market over the past decade, nor does it reflect our discussions with HarperCollins regarding these changes. OverDrive did not invite, recommend, or suggest the need for any changes in terms.

We did have an option to stop carrying or distributing HarperCollins eBooks to our library partners. Instead of taking this approach, we made the decision to continue to make the world’s second largest publisher’s catalog of eBook titles available to you, communicate the changes in advance to our library partners, and offer the option to make informed purchasing decisions.

As a library advocate, my team has made dozens of presentations to publishers and their associations in the US and abroad communicating the marketing and discoverability, and the economic opportunities the library market represents to publishers. We are aware of the challenges you face because of increased demand, shrinking budgets, and incompatible devices entering the market. As a result, we are prompting publishers to consider less restrictive licensing for eBook and digital media lending. OverDrive’s advocacy efforts for libraries have been ongoing for most of the past decade, most recently with the UK Publishers Association and at Digital Book World 2011. Last year we also released a White Paper to encourage library eBook lending.

We are also a firm believer and supporter of open standards and greater compatibility for digital content. OverDrive was one of the founders of the IDPF (EPUB standard), introduced iPod-compatible MP3 Audiobooks (no DRM), provided thousands of DRM-free Project Gutenberg titles, and developed the first mobile apps for direct over-the-air access to library eBooks. We proudly partner with Bookshare.org for LEAP, which supplies accessible eBooks to your visually-impaired customers.

I have been listening to public librarians for more than 10 years on how you want your digital book lending system to work. We have visited with you in all 50 states (and a dozen countries) hosting events with your libraries, your associations, and via the Digital Bookmobile. We will continue to listen to your concerns and are actively asking for your direction, through initiatives like our OverDrive Library Advisory Council and our user group conference this summer, Digipalooza. We’re also following the unofficial channels with which many of you are already familiar (#HCOD).


I can promise you that we will make the OverDrive platform even easier to use for you and your customers. We will protect your ability to make informed choices and we will work with you to set the direction and policies that serve your customers’ interests. Most importantly, we will continue to innovate, invest, and advocate for libraries so readers will have the best options for accessing digital books, anywhere and everywhere.