27 October 2012

OverDrive releases OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8!

From our friends at OverDrive:

We’re excited to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v1.0 for Windows® 8.

OMC for Windows 8 supports EPUB eBooks and MP3 Audiobooks.

The audiobook player features player controls, book details, MediaMarkers and Parts on a single, horizontally-scrolling screen. The eBook reader features single or multi-column display depending on the size and orientation of your screen, bookmarks, table of contents, and adjustable font size. Like our other apps, users can find their libraries using the ‘Get Books’ functionality. See screenshots and read more at the Windows Store.

The system requirements are simple – the app will work on computers and devices with Windows 8 installed.

The app is available from:

20 October 2012

GMBA Titles on Listen Up! Vermont

The following 2012-13 GMBA titles are available on Listen Up! Vermont. This represents all that is currently available through OverDrive.

Donnelly - REVOLUTION  e-book
Donoghue - ROOM  audio (and available through Max Access)
Fisher - INCARCERON  audio
Gray - OSTRICH BOYS   e-book and audio
Katcher - ALMOST PERFECT  e-book and audio
Priest - BONESHAKER   audio
Roth - DIVERGENT e-book (3 copies of Divergent/Insurgent)

15 October 2012

OverDrive’s Mobile Apps for Android and iOS Updated!

Big news from our friends at OverDrive:

We’re happy to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.6 for Android™ and iOS (iPhone® / iPad® / iPod touch®).

With this release we’re bringing the OverDrive-powered website browsing experience inside the app. Now that the browser is part of the app users will be able to open the website directly from the app.

Other updates include…

  • Audiobook player redesigned in both OMC for Android and OMC for iOS.
  • iPhone 5 support in OMC for iOS.
  • ActionBar support for OMC for Android in Honeycomb (and newer).
  • Goodreads added to the sharing options.

We’ve also added analytics to OMC v2.6. OMC for Android and iOS now use Google Analytics to compile anonymous usage data. We’ll use this data to make decisions about the features on which we should focus in future versions of OMC. We do not collect personally identifiable information. Users can opt-out of sending anonymous usage data in the app.

This release also includes bug fixes and performance updates.

The system requirements remain the same. The free apps can be installed on phones and devices running…

  • Android v2.1 (or newer)
  • iOS v4.2 (or newer)

The updated app is available from:

06 October 2012

OverDrive App Comes to NOOK®

Nook eReaders and tablets now carry the Overdrive Media Console app. For more details, link to the OverDrive Digital Library Blog below.

OverDrive App Comes to NOOK®

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan | American Libraries Magazine

Many of you have probably already had a chance to read this, but it bears sharing again. Let us know your thoughts in regards to Vermont and Listen Up! in the comments section below.

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan | American Libraries Magazine

CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries.

The open letter states:
It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is “no good here.” Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishers’ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing e-books from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their e-books for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users.

Let’s be clear on what this means: If our libraries’ digital bookshelves mirrored the New York Times fiction best-seller list, we would be missing half of our collection any given week due to these publishers’ policies. The popular “Bared to You” and “The Glass Castle” are not available in libraries because libraries cannot purchase them at any price. Today’s teens also will not find the digital copy of Judy Blume’s seminal “Forever,” nor today’s blockbuster “Hunger Games” series.
Not all publishers are following the path of these three publishers. In fact, hundreds of publishers of e-books have embraced the opportunity to create new sales and reach readers through our nation’s libraries. One recent innovation allows library patrons to immediately purchase an e-book if the library doesn’t have a copy or if there is a wait list they would like to avoid. This offers a win-win relationship for both publishers and library users since recent research from the Pew Internet Project tells us that library users are more than twice as likely to have bought their most recent book as to have borrowed it from a library.

Libraries around the country are developing mobile applications and online discovery systems that make it easier to explore books and authors on the go. Seventy-six percent of public libraries now offer e-books — double the number from only five years ago — and 39 percent of libraries have purchased and circulate e-readers. Public libraries alone spend more than $1.3 billion annually on their collections of print, audio, video, and electronic materials. They are investing not only in access to content and devices, but also in teaching the skills needed to navigate and utilize digital content successfully.

Librarians understand that publishing is not just another industry. It has special and important significance to society. Libraries complement and, in fact, actively support this industry by supporting literacy and seeking to spread an infectious and lifelong love of reading and learning. Library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers.

Publishers, libraries and other entities have worked together for centuries to sustain a healthy reading ecosystem — celebrating our society’s access to the complete marketplace of ideas. Given the obvious value of libraries to publishers, it simply does not add up that any publisher would continue to lock out libraries. It doesn’t add up for me, it doesn’t add up for ALA’s 60,000 members, and it definitely doesn’t add up for the millions of people who use our libraries every month.
America’s libraries have always served as the “people’s university” by providing access to reading materials and educational opportunity for the millions who want to read and learn but cannot afford to buy the books they need. Librarians have a particular concern for vulnerable populations that may not have any other access to books and electronic content, including individuals and families who are homebound or low-income. To deny these library users access to e-books that are available to others — and which libraries are eager to purchase on their behalf — is discriminatory.

We have met and talked sincerely with many of these publishers. We have sought common ground by exploring new business models and library lending practices. But these conversations only matter if they are followed by action: Simon & Schuster must sell to libraries. Macmillan must implement its proposed pilot. Penguin must accelerate and expand its pilots beyond two urban New York libraries.
We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s — and tomorrow’s — readers.The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to e-books as they have to printed books.

So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers and inventors. Books and knowledge — in all their forms — are essential. Access to them must not be denied.www.ala.org