OverDrive Unveils Enhanced eBook Lending at ALA Midwinter

OverDrive, one of the global leaders in digital content solutions for more than 28,000 public and school libraries, will be attending this week’s American Library Association Midwinter meeting, and demonstrating an exciting new offering. With the ability to borrow enhanced ebooks in the near future, OverDrive is giving attendees a sneak peek at what this experience will be like.

“Our investment in HTML5, EPUB3 fixed layout and media overlays using SMIL documents will enable publishers, libraries and schools to serve readers with enhanced reading abilities on the widest range of devices,” said David Burleigh, Director of Marketing at OverDrive, in a press release today. “We are excited to be working with leading trade, educational and children’s publishers to reach our worldwide network of booksellers and institutions with enhanced and interactive eBooks.”

New enhanced eBook features coming soon include:

Synchronized Audiobooks and Text: Readers and students can select “Start Reading” to launch audiobook playback synchronized to each line or word in the eBook, which is highlighted as it is read. Synchronized eBook and audio titles provide access to the professionally recorded voice of the author or narrator as if the eBook and audiobook were published together.

Interactive Pages: OverDrive will also demonstrate test and quiz applications with real-time grading and answers. Other enhancements will demonstrate how games and learning interactions can motivate, instruct and reward readers as they progress through the pages of an educational title.

Fixed Layout Titles: Picture books and highly-stylized eBooks that deliver “true to print” presentations to readers for children’s titles as well for school titles with graphs and charts will be on display by OverDrive.

Multimedia: To support video, animations and sound embedded or linked from OverDrive-supported eBooks, the company is creating a series of “best practices” for immersive experiences for digital readers that ensure compatibility with OverDrive apps and reading products.

This initiative is the latest in a long line of recent features and upgrades, all designed to help libraries reach their patrons and meet their needs, while maintaining a cost effective measure to stay relevant in their communities.

Mercy Pilkington (1982 Posts)

is a Senior Editor for Good e-Reader. She is also the CEO and founder of a hybrid publishing and consulting company.