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13Apr/110

How to Use OverDrive with Your iPhone and iPad


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OverDrive from the Orange County Library System allows you to check out and download free eBooks and audiobooks for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as many other popular smartphones. Learn how in this helpful instructional video from the library, and visit www.ocls.info to get started!


12Apr/110

Kansas state library ebook circulation increases 10-fold; leads to 700% increase in proposed OverDrive admin fees

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According to the Library Journal, OverDrive has submitted a contract renewal proposal to the state librarian of Kansas that increases administrative fees by nearly 700% in 2014.  The librarian has rejected the proposal.  Here’s a snippet from the article.

The state librarian of Kansas is playing country hardball with ebook vendor OverDrive, rejecting contract renewal proposals that, in one case, would have increased administrative fees nearly 700 percent by 2014.

The stalled negotiations have also raised concerns among Kansas librarians because they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars licensing content from OverDrive since the contract went into effect in 2006, and they fear they will lose access to all that content if an agreement is not reached. The current contract (though not the newer proposals) appears to oblige OverDrive to transfer content to another service provider if the contract is terminated, but it is unclear what that would entail.

OverDrive spokesperson Dan Stasiewski told LJ that the increase in fees under the first proposal was necessitated by the ten-fold increase in circulation that Kansas’s digital collection has had since 2006, even as fees have remained flat.


“This utilizes additional hosting, bandwidth, network and support services,” he said, which OverDrive has been absorbing the cost of. “In the end that seven times increase [detailed below] is coming down to around 0 a library in 2014,” he said.

The Kansas State Library’s contract with OverDrive expires this December. In September 2010, the library’s director, Jo Budler, received an initial renewal proposal from OverDrive that would have raised the annual administrative fee from its current ,800 to ,000 in 2012, ,000 in 2013, and ,000 in 2014 and 2015, a 694 percent increase in just three years.

“My own budget has been cut 26 percent and to expect that kind of increase is unreasonable. This is unsustainable pricing,” Budler told LJ, saying she refused to accept the proposal, which she called “astronomical.”

A lot more information in the article.

8Apr/110

OverDrive touts multi-channel e-book distribution to generate revenue

The Bookseller’s FutureBook blog is carrying a post by e-book distributor OverDrive, touting the benefits of multi-channel distribution for e-books. Concentrating solely on e-book stores such as those for Kindle and Nook ignores readers who buy from other places or borrow from libraries, OverDrive notes.

In 2010, 718 million book and title catalog pages were viewed via OverDrive “virtual branch” library pages, but only 15 million digital titles were checked out, meaning that readers are viewing information about books through their libraries before making purchases elsewhere. But libraries are just a start. Adding titles to retail catalogs, eBook stores on devices, schools, and any other outlet can help promote your title and ultimately lead to a sale in the future. Furthermore, it is now clear that multi-channel online stores are actually helping brick-and-mortar stores, which is why it is so important to make the two sales channels complementary.


The post also points out that many tablets and e-readers can download books at bookstore and library locations as well, and that analysts predict more non-PC computing devices will be sold this year than PCs.

Certainly, there is potential for publishers to branch out and make sales in more places than just traditional e-bookstore settings. What if, for instance, library programs offered readers the chance to convert a checkout into a purchase if they decided they liked the e-book enough to want to keep it? What if some portion of the purchase price went to support the library as an agency fee?

This would make more sense than imposing artificial limits on how many times an e-book can be checked out. Perhaps HarperCollins and other publishers might consider a partnership of this nature rather than the adversarial stance of the last month or so. HarperCollins has described its position as “a work in progress”, so hopefully they can work something out.

Regardless, OverDrive definitely has a point that digital goods provide a lot more opportunities for distribution and partnerships than physical goods of old. E-books could be used as downloadable promotional items very easily—as indeed they were by Barnes & Noble last year, giving them out to get people to come into their stores. There are a lot of possibilities, and e-book marketing up to now have barely scratched the surface.

7Apr/110

BlackBerry App from OverDrive Enables Direct Library eBook Downloads

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From an email I received:

Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling titles, such as “The Social Animal” by David Brooks and “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, which can be borrowed and enjoyed using OverDrive’s app for BlackBerry. Popular business eBooks and audiobooks, as well as titles in virtually any subject, are also available from the library using the BlackBerry app.

The OverDrive app for BlackBerry is available from OverDrive’s website and the MobiHand Superstore. The app will also appear in BlackBerry App World™ in the coming weeks. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search.

OverDrive’s BlackBerry app provides untethered access to EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library. The app’s “Get Books” feature makes it easy to find a local library, and then browse for titles, check them out with a library card, and download directly to BlackBerry. Digital books from the library will automatically expire in the app, so there are never late fees. Users will also benefit from enhancements, such as an orientation lock and custom bookmarks.

The free eBook app from OverDrive can be installed on BlackBerry touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.7 (or newer) and non-touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.5 (or newer). The BlackBerry app joins the previously released OverDrive apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™, which have been installed nearly one million times.

28Mar/110

Interview with OverDrive CEO Steve Potash

Here’s an interview done by Bloomberg. Steve discusses libraries and the Google Book Settlement. The interview runs about 4 minutes.

15Mar/110

Overdrive – Libraries Offer Training in How to Download Ebooks





Libraries begin to offer their readers courses in how to work with ebooks and ereaders:

As you may have noticed, more and more libraries around the world are now offering  their readers the possibility of borrowing ebooks – obviously a good trend and one that we all support (with the possible exception of the Publishers who feel they are being cheated by this ebook lending).

However, as has been pointed out, this can produce problems both for the libraries themselves and for many of their readers.   To borrow ebooks from your local library demands a certain level of computer literacy, which quite a few ereader owners simply do not possess, and this seems to be causing problems.

Many ereaders are owned by elderly folk, who seem to have taken to ereaders in a big way, but from the comments and emails I get here, it is obvious that many of these readers are OK with using the Kindle system to obtain their ebooks, but anything more complex can floor them very rapidly.

Sadly, if you happen to own a Kindle, libraries are not a source of ebooks for you, as Overdrive does not support the ebook format that Amazon have elected to use for their ebooks, so you will only be able to borrow ebooks from your local library if you own another make of ereader, and this is where the problem begins, as most ereaders use a relatively clumsy method of getting ebooks safely loaded into them.

In order to address this problem, an increasing number of libraries are beginning to offer their readers courses in how to work with  Overdrive (the software system that most libraries use to deal with lending ebooks).

As the Overdrive system is actually pretty simple for people (borrowers) to use, these courses are not long and don’t require a high level of computer literacy in order to master how it all works and to open up the world of ebooks in libraries.

If you are one of those who are finding the whole business of borrowing ebooks from your local library complex,  it would be well worth your while to go along and ask them if they are running any such courses, or at the least if they have someone there who would be prepared to walk you through the process.

After all, using your local library as a source of ebooks is very sensible and will save you a lot of money as well.

So, time to be proactive and encourage your local library to organise such courses at once.

Share with us:

Do you have any thoughts on libraries lending ebooks and the technical aspects of this idea?




17Feb/110

OverDrive releases iPad App for library downloads

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From the press release:

Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPad® with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. The optimized app enables users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide to wirelessly download and enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from a local library on the Apple® device. Popular and best-selling titles, including “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, are a few of the Most Downloaded Books from the Library (www.overdrive.com/mostdownloaded). These digital books and more in popular genres like romance, mystery, thriller, and virtually every subject can now be borrowed from libraries and enjoyed in an optimized iPad app.

The OverDrive Media Console app for iPad is available in the App Store (http://bit.ly/OverDriveApp). To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com.

OverDrive’s app for iPad gives users wireless access to their library’s EPUB eBook and MP3 audiobook catalog without a PC. Users can find their library using the app’s “Get Books” feature, then browse for titles, check out with a valid library card, and download directly to the iPad. Brightness and text-size controls allow them to customize their eBook reading experience. Users can also create bookmarks and resume from the last point accessed. The eBook and audiobook titles from the library automatically expire in the app, so there is never a late fee.

The iPad app joins the previously released OverDrive apps for iPhone® and Android™, which have been downloaded by more than half a million users worldwide. In addition to iPad support, OverDrive’s app for iOS devices was updated to enable new features, including landscape and portrait orientation, support for hyperlinks, and an updated interface with a lending countdown calendar.

5Feb/110

Libraries – Overdrive e-Books : RBWM


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You can now download e-Books from rbwm.lib.overdrive.com You can read your favourite titles on a computer or on an e-Book device.

2Feb/110

OverDrive announces “Most Downloaded” lists for UK, Australia, Canada and US

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From the OverDrive Digital Library Blog:

For more than a year, OverDrive has issued monthly “Most Downloaded Books from the Library” lists, which features popular eBook and audiobook downloads from all libraries in our global network. The lists were an instant hit, helping our library partners guide collection development decisions.

Today, we’re excited to announce an expansion of the “Most Downloaded Books from the Library” lists, with territory-specific charts for the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Now libraries can use more precise lists to determine titles their local readers want most. Check out what was hot last month below, or click the links to see a full list for each region.

  • In the UK, British author Howard Jacobson’s fiction novel and winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, The Finkler Question graces the Most Downloaded eBook list. Beloved author and actor Stephen Fry’s nonfiction The Fry Chronicles also tops the list.
    Full UK Most Downloaded lists
  • Canadian readers have been enjoying Millennium Trilogy novels by Stieg Larsson, whileThe Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, has started its climb on the Most Downloaded eBook list. In nonfiction, Canadian blogger Neil Pasricha’s blook The Book of Awesome holds the No. 1 spot.
    Full Canadian Most Downloaded lists
  • Aussie author Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden appears on the Most Downloaded Adult Fiction list in Australia, while House Rules by Jodi Picoult has reached number one. Also, Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens is one of the most downloaded nonfiction novels in Australia.
    Full Australian Most Downloaded lists
  • The US list differs from the global list, as well. The Girl with Dragon Tattoo by Larsson and John Grisham’s latest novel, The Confession , top the adult fiction eBook list. George W. Bush’s Decision Points and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand top the nonfiction list.
    Full US Most Downloaded lists

While in the past, it looked like readers across the globe had similar reading interests, consumers also seem to have an intense loyalty to local authors. OverDrive continues to add titles of local interest for all of our library partners, so keep an eye on the blog to find out when more titles and publishers become available.

25Jan/110

OverDrive apps updated, plus Project Gutenberg eBooks on mobile sites

From the OverDrive blog:

Today, we released updates to the OverDrive Media Console apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android, which include the addition of one-click, automatic downloads and other enhancements to user experience.

At the same time, we’ve updated the mobile ‘Virtual Branch’ sites for libraries with a Project Gutenberg collection, enabling access to the 15,000 DRM-free EPUB  eBooks on iPhone and Android. This gives users a chance to download an eBook directly to their iPhone or Android every time they visit your mobile site without waiting lists or holds.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the improvements that went live today:

One-click, automatic downloads

When an iPhone or Android user clicks on the download button on your mobile site, the OverDrive app, if installed, will launch and the download will begin automatically.  This update reduces the number of steps previously required to download.

Project Gutenberg on mobile sites

Prior to today, only the Android app had support for DRM-free Open EPUB eBooks from various online sources. Now the iPhone app can be used to read Open EPUB eBooks, as well.

With the support for Open EPUB eBooks enabled, we’ve added the Project Gutenberg collections to the mobile sites.  Now a user always has access to an eBook from your library’s ‘Virtual Branch.’ Project Gutenberg eBooks are prominently featured on the ‘Browse’ page under the heading ‘Browse Public Domain eBook Titles.’ (If your library offers eBooks but doesn’t have a Project Gutenberg collection yet, contact your project manager for information on adding the collection.)

Additional enhancements for Android

The updated Android app also features a new user interface that includes a lending countdown calendar when the user is in “Library” view.

In addition, we’ve also updated the eBook reader in the Android app to allow users to lock the page orientation to portrait or landscape view, regardless of how they rotate the device.

Additional enhancements for iPhone

The iPhone app received two performance enhancements, including improved page load when reading an eBook or changing the font size. The eBook reader was also updated so that the ‘Reader Settings’ that appear at the top of the page will automatically fade away after 5 seconds

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