17 March 2009

News from OverDrive

From the most recent Digital Dispatch:

Enhancements to Your OverDrive
Download Service in 2009

OverDrive, the Global Leader in Library downloads, will continue its leadership in 2009 by bringing you the latest innovations to better serve your patrons, at no additional cost. We have been briefing many of our library partners on the enhancements you can expect from us this year, including:

New Services for Mobile Devices
Optimized browsing on-the-go

A mobile version of your download website will allow users on-the-go access to browse and check out OverDrive media from web-enabled phones and PDAs. OverDrive servers will detect if a patron is visiting your website from a mobile device and seamlessly provide an optimized web browsing experience. Try browsing now from your Blackberry, iPhone®, or other device at http://ebooks.nypl.org (pictured right).

EPUB eBooks will soon be available to purchase for your download collection. The emerging industry standard for eBooks, EPUB offers an enhanced reading experience on PCs, Macs, and portable devices like the Sony® Reader. Many leading publishers are now providing their frontlist titles in the EPUB format, exclusively.

Social and Interactive Features
Patrons will be able to select their own lending periods, reducing holds and helping solve the early return issue.

Motivated by the growing popularity of websites like Facebook and Twitter, OverDrive is bringing social interaction into your download service; enabling patrons to experience download media in new ways. Helping reduce the issue of no early return (except with Adobe eBooks), users will soon be able to select their own lending period, resulting in increased turnover of download books, music, and video. We will also be adding star ratings to your website (pictured above).

Later this year, we will introduce OverDrive Media Console v4, which we hope will more than exceed your expectations. Coupling familiar functionality with an enhanced, fresh look and navigation, the next generation of OverDrive Media Console is definitely something to look forward to.

New Content Licensing and Business Models
Expanding the OverDrive catalog of 150,000 digital titles

Our mission to bring you the best and largest selection will continue. DRM-free MP3 Audiobooks have been so well received that we plan to increase our catalog of DRM-free content with more audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video. This will expand your reach to a wider range of mobile devices.

If you're interested in scheduling a teleconference for your library to discuss these new services and how your library can benefit, please contact your Partner Services Associate or partnerservices@overdrive.com.

The most exciting one for me is that patrons can choose their own checkout period -- I will be looking forward to seeing how that will look for our Listen Up! Vermont users.

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