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OverDrive acquires TeachersNotebook.com

“OverDrive announced today that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, a leading online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook.com enables teachers to not only browse free and low-cost instructional resources, but also to create their own “shop” where others may purchase their original materials. The website operates with a “teachers helping teachers” mentality of engaging and educating students of all ages and optimizing the classroom experience.” (via OverDrive)

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OverDrive announces plan for audiobooks to be solely available in MP3 format

“At ALA Midwinter Meeting this weekend, OverDrive will be announcing to library partners that over the coming months, we will take steps to discontinue the sale of audiobooks in the WMA format. With the largest collection of audiobooks from leading publishers in MP3 format for schools and libraries, OverDrive will soon make this the only file format offered for OverDrive digital audiobooks. This is in response to user preferences, widespread compatibility of MP3 across all listening devices and the fact that the vast majority of our extensive audiobook collection is already in MP3 format. This includes the audiobook collections from Hachette, Penguin Group, Random House (Books on Tape and Listening Library), HarperCollins, AudioGo, Blackstone, Tantor Media and dozens of others. Our publisher relations team is working closely with the very few remaining publishers who require WMA to seek permission to sell their titles in MP3 for library and school lending. (via OverDrive)

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Simon & Schuster eBooks Now Available in Select Libraries

“Simon & Schuster has partnered with digital book distribution company OverDrive to create a pilot program in which the publisher is making its eBook catalog available to select public libraries in the United States. Simon & Schuster’s entire eBook catalog is available through this program. Participating libraries can purchase these titles to lend them to patrons. Just as with a print title, library patrons can check out these eBooks one copy at a time an unlimited number of times for a period of 12 months. There will even be an option for library patrons to purchase the eBook titles themselves through their library’s website with the new Library BIN (Buy It Now) option.” (via GalleyCat)

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McGraw-Hill Professional teams with OverDrive to offer eBooks to public libraries and schools

“McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global provider of print and electronic content and services for the business, education, technical and medical communities, and OverDrive, the world’s largest eBook, audiobook, music and video lending service for schools and libraries, announced today that McGraw-Hill Professional’s eBook catalog is now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide. This catalog is one of the premier eBook collections for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available on the market today. To celebrate this new offering, 2012 and 2013 McGraw-Hill eBook releases (more than 700 titles) will be offered at special bundled rates and packages for K-12 school and public library partners through the end of this year in OverDrive Marketplace.” (via PRNewswire)

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Now available for public libraries: An eReading room just for kids

“OverDrive is offering a new service for public library partners to give young readers a place of their own. Now there’s an option to incorporate an eReading Room for kids and/or teens as an extension of your digital library website. Kids and teens can browse, sample, place holds and borrow eBooks and other media appropriate for their age range and reading level. Kids can spend as much time as they want clicking away and exploring without the worry of them stumbling upon mature content. See the first live eReading Room for kids at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington.” (via Overdrive)

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Macmillan adds over 9,000 titles to OverDrive Marketplace

“Macmillan has added 9,300 eBook titles to their existing offerings available for library lending in OverDrive Marketplace. These titles, which include best sellers from Matthew Quick, Bill O’Reilly, Janet Evanovich and many others, will be available to add to your library collection later today. According to Macmillan’s Sales Division President, Alison Lazarus, “Macmillan is increasing our title selection to include all of our backlist e-books.” She added, “Essentially anything published 12 months ago or longer will be made available for eLending.  This expansion of approximately 9,300 titles includes many requested books and we will continue to add backlist books as they become eligible on a monthly basis.” (via Overdrive)

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Penguin eBooks are now available in OverDrive Marketplace

“OverDrive is excited to announce that more than 17,000 Penguin eBooks are now live and available for purchase in OverDrive Marketplace! Penguin’s eBooks are available for public and college libraries, including consortium, in the U.S. in the one copy/one user lending model for a one year term.  Availability of the Penguin eBooks to libraries outside the U.S. is coming soon. In the Penguin catalog libraries will find titles from numerous best-selling authors including: Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Ken Follett, Junot Diaz, Khaled Hosseini, Maya Banks, Harlen Coben, W.E. B. Griffin and many others.” (via Overdrive)

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OverDrive to provide digital content to Chinese libraries and retailers

“Recently OverDrive CEO Steve Potash was in Asia for a number of events including the IFLA annual conference as well as the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF). During BIBF the China National Publications Import & Export Corporation (CNPIEC) and OverDrive signed an E-Publications Import License Agreement, in an official signing ceremony. With this agreement in place, OverDrive can now take steps towards making OverDrive’s catalog of digital content available in China to libraries and retailers.” (via OverDrive)

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Library market leader e-book distributor OverDrive Inc. looks at schools as the next growth market

“It’s no coincidence that as more readers turn to tablets for reading, Garfield Heights-based e-book distributor Overdrive Inc. is also growing. The company that turns books into downloadable digital files grew from about 40 employees to more than 200 in just seven years. And with a recent move into a new 95,000 square-foot building, OverDrive plans to hire 50 more people by the end of the year.

Northeast Ohio resident Steve Potash developed a lending platform for e-books, long before the digital explosion, primarily focusing on the library market. But as consumers continue to evolve in the way they consume content, company officials say they’re just getting started with new technologies.” (via cleveland.com)

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OverDrive to launch Streaming Video Service

“This morning, we are proud to announce that streaming video is coming soon for our library and school partners. This new and exciting way to watch videos will be available later this year with thousands of popular new titles, in addition to the existing video collection previously only available through download.” (via OverDrive)

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