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June 27, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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OverDrive Adds Simultaneous Access Ebook Suppliers to Catalog

OverDrive announced the first group of a growing list of suppliers that will provide simultaneous access eBooks to libraries and schools in OverDrive's global network. Collections from Thomas Nelson, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, and Lonely Planet will enable libraries to provide ‘always available’ eBooks without waiting lists or holds, in addition to offering the publishers' titles under the one-copy/one-user model. Libraries will be able to choose from thousands of titles in subjects including Christian fiction and nonfiction, reference, young adult, children's, and travel. These publishers join existing simultaneous access eBook supplier Liquid Comics.

“Simultaneous access eBooks collections help public, K-12 school, and higher ed libraries provide access to more available content on their existing digital collection websites,” said Karen Estrovich, manager of content sales for OverDrive. “Titles in these collections are borrowed just like other material, can be transferred to compatible devices, and will expire at the end of the lending period.”

Simultaneous access collections are available on an annual subscription basis, and can supplement a library’s existing one-copy/one-user collection. The addition of new simultaneous access eBooks is part of OverDrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements to streamline user experience and provide access to more content. OverDrive will provide additional information on 'OverDrive WIN' platform enhancements on the OverDrive Digital Library Blog as the enhancements are launched. Information will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

OverDrive provides digital distribution services for 15,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, NOOK, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. To see if your library or school is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search.

Source: OverDrive

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