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January 3, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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OverDrive Announces Record Ebook Traffic and Next Gen Services

Public libraries using OverDrive’s Next Generation digital lending platform served a record number of ebook, audiobook, music, and video titles to patrons on Christmas Day. The most dramatic growth occurred among users of iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android devices. With One-Step Checkout and powerful, filtered search, the Next Generation library websites are optimized for both PC and mobile users, which helped pilot libraries circulate record single-day numbers of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Among the libraries setting all-time ebook circulation records were Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio), Pioneer Library System (Okla.), Hennepin County Library (Minn.), and Mid-Continent Public Library (Mo.).

At the ALA Midwinter conference in January 2013, OverDrive will share additional data and trends with library partners and demonstrate additional Next Generation services for 2013, including new APIs as well as streaming audiobook, music, and video services. OverDrive will roll out Next Generation services for all library partners through the first quarter of 2013.

The Next Generation websites streamline the digital library experience with One-Step Checkout, a powerful search engine, and the new HTML-powered, browser-based ebook-reading technology OverDrive Read. OverDrive offers a catalog of more than 800,000 ebooks and audiobooks with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle (U.S. only).

Source: OverDrive



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