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OverDrive Japan

OverDrive Expands into Japan, But Why No Kobo Tie-in Yet?

Earlier this past week, OverDrive announced that they have just launched their library lending services in Japan. The Ryugasaki Public Library is the first Japanese public library to offer OverDrive’s digial collection to patrons. The Itako Public Library is also getting set to launch their new OverDrive-powered website soon. The lending program provides access to […]

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OverDrive Adds Dyslexic Font Option to Reading Apps

OverDrive updated their reading apps last week to add some new features, most notably they added the option to use a dyslexic font for reading ebooks. Standard fonts often present a problem for people with dyslexia because they make it hard to differentiate words, as the letters tend to get mixed up and jumble together. […]

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Rakuten Buys OverDrive; What’s it Mean for Kindle Library Books?

There’s big news in the ebook industry today. Rakuten has announced that they are purchasing OverDrive for 410 million dollars in cash. The acquisition is expected to be finalized next month, April 2015. OverDrive is the leading platform for ebook and audiobook lending to public and school libraries, with over 30,000 supported libraries worldwide. Rakuten, […]

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OverDrive Fixes Technical Issue with Kindle Library eBooks

Yesterday OverDrive announced that they have resolved a technical issue with their library ebook lending service that had caused a number of Kindle-formatted ebooks not to appear available for lending. The glitch affected newer titles added to the system since the beginning of this calendar year. Now that OverDrive has become aware of the issue, […]

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OverDrive’s Big Library Read and Global eBook Club

Today OverDrive announced that their Big Library Read is coming back next month, which is a global ebook club of sorts that gives people around the world an opportunity to read the same ebook, or listen to the audiobook, for free through the 30,000+ public libraries and schools that use OverDrive’s ebook lending program. This […]

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OverDrive Now Offers 1000+ Popular Magazines and Newspapers

Early last October, OverDrive and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media announced a new partnership to bring digital magazines and newspapers to public libraries for lending. That prospect has finally come to fruition as OverDrive officially announced today that periodicals are now available for libraries to purchase and add to their collections for lending to patrons. […]

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How to Recommend eBooks for Libraries to Add to Their Catalog

The folks at OverDrive posted a 10 most frequently asked questions article today with some helpful tips for librarians and people that get ebooks from public libraries. Number ten on the list highlights a feature that I didn’t know existed. Some public libraries allow customers to recommend specific ebook titles for the library to purchase […]

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OverDrive Adding 200,000 eBooks From Smashwords Indie Authors

Smashwords and OverDrive issued a press release today announcing a new partnership to distribute Smashwords ebooks to libraries through the OverDrive network. This will add some 200,000 ebooks from 80,000 indie authors and small independent presses to OverDrive’s catalog of ebooks available to public libraries in the OverDrive global network. OverDrive is the leading platform […]

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OverDrive Library eBooks Now Work with Kindle FreeTime

OverDrive, the leading distributor of ebooks to libraries and schools, announced today that ebooks borrowed through OverDrive’s network of libraries can now be used on Kindle Fire tablets using Kindle FreeTime. OverDrive has supported Kindle devices for several years now, but only through ordinary means, not by using Amazon’s kid-centric Kindle FreeTime app that lets […]

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OverDrive is Getting Rid of DRM on Audiobooks

OverDrive is the leading distributor of ebooks and audiobooks to schools and libraries. They make borrowing ebooks from libraries easy for anyone with an ebook reader, tablet, computer or phone. And soon borrowing audiobooks is going to be a lot easier too. Earlier this week, OverDrive announced on their blog that they are going to […]

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