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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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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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