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Softlink and OverDrive further plans for deep eContent integration

“Softlink and OverDrive have announced deep API integration of OverDrive services into Softlink’s leading knowledge, content and library management solutions for schools and special libraries. Softlink Chief Operating Officer Nathan Godfrey said Softlink was excited about extending the partnership with OverDrive, the global leader in eBook distribution, to provide innovations for the digital marketplace. The APIs build on the success of Softlink and OverDrive’s current integration, which provides streamlined access to OverDrive’s digital collection, eBooks, eResources and other digital formats through a single access point.” (via Overdrive)

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OverDrive Announces Availability of Hachette Book Group eBooks

“Hachette Book Group, one of the largest and most successful publishers in the world, will make its entire digital catalog of more than 5,000 eBooks available to libraries and schools via OverDrive. Beginning May 8, loyal readers at OverDrive-powered libraries and schools in the U.S. and Canada will have access to popular and award-winning authors such as David Baldacci, Sara Zarr, Sandra Brown, James Patterson, David Sedaris and Kate Atkinson. OverDrive supplies Next Generation digital library services for more than 22,000 libraries and schools worldwide, with support for all major eReading devices, including iPadR , NookR and KindleR .The addition of the entire Hachette Book Group eBook catalog to OverDrive — which already carries Hachette Book Group audiobooks on the same lending platform — enhances the largest catalog for libraries and schools of more than 1 million eBook, audiobook, music and video titles.” (via WSJ.com)

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OverDrive and III announce plans for deep API integration

“This week, OverDrive and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (“III”) agreed on plans for deep API integration of OverDrive services into III products, including Sierra and Encore Discovery Services Platform. Building on the success of the first round of OverDrive APIs, the coming API updates will include the ability to check out and place a hold on eBooks from a library’s online catalog. The plans with III also include an option to take the integration beyond digital and into the physical collection. In addition to providing an enhanced user experience through a library’s online catalog, OverDrive and III will enable a seamless experience for OverDrive library partners in our collection portal, Content Reserve. Libraries will be able to see their physical and digital holdings side-by-side within Content Reserve so that collection development decisions can be based on physical holdings, circulation, and other criteria.” (via OverDrive)

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OverDrive Announces Streaming Video and Audio Services for Libraries and Schools

“Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115.”

via OverDrive

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Colorado Libraries Achieve Rich Integration With OverDrive APIs

“Over the past few months, we’ve been authorizing more and more developers with access to OverDrive APIs, enabling libraries and approved vendors to integrate OverDrive content into a wide range of apps and discovery platforms. Now we’re seeing the first evidence of OverDrive APIs in action. In October, two separate Colorado library systems—Marmot Library Network and Rangeview Library District—began integrating OverDrive-supplied content into OPAC search results. When patrons search for titles from the library’s OPAC, the results page returns eBooks and audiobooks alongside print books and other formats.”

via Overdrive.

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A Road Map to OverDrive’s Next Generation

“I’m excited to report on the service enhancements we’ll deliver during the 2012 holiday season and months following. We’re working on a complete redesign of our library lending platform to achieve best-in-class user experience. This Next Generation platform will include a new search engine , one-step checkout, responsive websites optimized for every screen, and a new way for users to experience eBooks—OverDrive Read.”

via Overdrive Blog

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OverDrive Developer Portal now open

“We’re happy to announce that the OverDrive Developer Portal is now open and accepting applications from interested developers. Our initial set of APIs gives third-party applications the ability to browse OverDrive digital media collections, search for titles, display detailed metadata for a given title, and determine the availability of a title within a given library collection. We’re excited to see the powerful new discovery tools our library, retail, and publishing partners develop to extend their digital catalogs to more readers around the globe.”

via OverDrive Blog

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Extend your catalog with OverDrive Read and Streaming Audiobooks

“See Book, Read Book. For the past several weeks that’s been the mantra at OverDrive. It’s a vision of simplicity—an idea that drove us to develop easier ways to get more readers in front of the books they love to read and want to buy. Later this year, we’ll be delivering two new services that will extend publisher catalogs to more readers on a wide range of devices: OverDrive Read and streaming audiobooks.”

via OverDrive Blog

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OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools

“June is Audiobook Month, and leading digital distributor OverDrive announced today that it will update its popular audiobook download services to include new options for readers to instantly “See Book—Hear Book.” Scheduled for launch later this year, streaming audiobooks will be available on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. This instant-access technology will eliminate long downloads before listening to popular audiobooks from libraries and schools throughout the OverDrive network. The “Listen Now” option will complement the download options already in use with the millions of installed OverDrive Media Console apps on Windows®, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry®”

via OverDrive Press Release

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OverDrive introduces browser-based ebook reader

Press Release – “Leading global eBook distributor OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, “OverDrive Read.”  Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.  Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device.  OverDrive will demonstrate this new eReading platform at Book Expo America, in New York City, June 5-7, 2012 (Booth #4340), as well as at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-25.”

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