Hoopla is one of the largest companies operating in the digital library sector and their claim to fame was the per circulation transaction system, where libraries would get their entire catalog of audiobooks, ebooks, video and other digital content and libraries only pay when a user checked something out. It was … [Read more...] about Hoopla launches a Book Club for Libraries
Digital Library News
Amazon has millions of original ebooks that indie authors submitted to their platform as part of Kindle Direct Publishing. The company also runs their own imprints such as Thomas & Mercer and have a different one for each major genre. Their Audible unit also has hundreds of original audiobooks that … [Read more...] about Will Amazon ever license their original content to libraries?
Bibliotheca is a company that targets the library market. They developed kiosks that allow patrons to bypass the staff and initiate self-checkout via the RFID and barcode scanners. This market is fairly competitive and they were looking for an edge. The 3M Cloud Library service was sold in 2015 to One Equity Partners, … [Read more...] about The Bibliotheca Cloud Library is on the rise
Penguin Random House is one of the largest publishers in the world and they are responsible for one quarter of all books released every year. They have been doing business with libraries for many years under the unlimited model, where libraries pay more for an ebook, but retain the rights to it forever. PRH is now … [Read more...] about Penguin Random House is changing their terms for library ebooks
The Vancouver Public library is doing something innovative when it comes to loaning out digital books to patrons. They have launched a Fast Reads program and ebooks cannot be placed on hold and are only available for seven-day loan periods, meaning they will be made available to other members sooner than traditional … [Read more...] about Vancouver Public Library launches Fast Reads program for ebooks
Instagram is primarily a photo sharing app and it is owned by Facebook. It is a place where people augment the the pics they take on their smartphone with a myriad of customization options. The New York Public Library is taking a calculated gamble that people might want to read ebooks on Instagram too.The first … [Read more...] about Will anyone read ebooks on Instagram?
Major publishers all have different strategies for selling ebooks to the public library system. Baker & Taylor, Overdrive and a myriad of others have to have enough of a selection to keep their patrons satisfied, but it can be challenging to know all of the different prices, terms and models that publishers employ, … [Read more...] about Here is a breakdown of how much libraries pay for ebooks from publishers
Harry Potter is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the Sorcerer’s Stone. The title is being added at no cost to all of the libraries that currently do business with Overdrive and it will have an unlimited number of loans to local patrons from August 27th to September 10th 2018.A new generation of readers is … [Read more...] about The First Harry Potter eBook will have unlimited loans from your local library
Overdrive unveiled a new digital magazine system in June and they launched with 50 titles. The company ironed out a deal with Magzter for their catalog, which seems to be working. Over twenty thousand magazine checkouts have been racked up in the past month and thousands more are occurring every day.In order to … [Read more...] about Overdrive has doubled the amount of digital magazines on their platform
Overdrive has been selected by the Swedish library system to power their collections for the next four years. The Cleveland company managed to outbid the competition and sometime this year libraries will be able to offer their digital services to all of their patrons.Librarians in Sweden selected Overdrive because … [Read more...] about Overdrive audiobooks and ebooks will be available soon in Sweden
Overdrive is the number one digital content distributor to libraries in Canada and the United States. They offer audiobooks, ebooks, music and video and everyone else is fighting for the scraps. Recorded Books specialized in audiobook content and in order to become a major player, they rebranded themselves as RB … [Read more...] about Do libraries have to worry if they do business with RB Digital?
TOR is one of the largest science fiction and fantasy publishers in the world and they have quietly implemented a new policy. They are now delaying submitting all front-list titles to Overdrive and will only make them available once they have been out for a minimum of four months. The publisher is hoping to maximize … [Read more...] about TOR is delaying front-list ebooks on Overdrive