The public library has been open ever since the pandemic started and more people are borrowing digital content than ever before. Overdrive is estimating that over a half a billion audiobooks and ebooks will be loaned out in 2021. Public libraries around the world are seeing double-digit growth in their digital checkouts with Toronto Public Library leading the way, having … [Read more...] about Half a Billion ebooks will be borrowed from the public library in 2021
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HarperCollins acquired Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $39 million dollars in May. The publisher wasted no time in changing terms for digital content that is being distributed to public libraries. In a notice sent to library customers this week, ebook titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will change from one copy/one user perpetual access model to 26-lend metered access model, … [Read more...] about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt changes library ebook terms
Overdrive has announced that they are going to acquire Kanopy, which is a streaming media company that provides educational content to libraries. Kanopy has 30,000 videos of highly curated films and are used by millions of students and library patrons and is available on all major web, mobile and TV platforms. The terms of the deal were not announced, nor was the availability … [Read more...] about Kanopy is a digital streaming platform for libraries and Overdrive bought them
Amazon has reached a much anticipated deal with the Digital Public Library of America to distribute 10,000 audiobooks and ebooks to libraries. The content will be provided by Amazons own imprints, such as Thomas and Mercer, Amazon Crossing and 47 North. This is the first time that libraries will receive digital books directly from Amazon and this a very big deal.The … [Read more...] about Amazon will distribute ebooks to public libraries
The Bibliotheca Cloud Library is a great alternative to Overdrive, and they power over 30,000 libraries in 20 different countries. They have just announced that they are now doing business with ComicsPlus, which offers unlimited, simultaneous access to more than 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga, is now available for sale to libraries worldwide.ComicsPlus’ … [Read more...] about Bibliotheca Cloud Library now offers comic books
As the entire world adjusts to "the new normal" of the COVID-19 global pandemic, more and more people are starting to take a look at what worked and what didn't in terms of adjusting to everyday life. A number of companies and businesses are looking at things like employee productivity and absenteeism in light of work-from-home accommodations. Schools around the world are … [Read more...] about Are COVID Digital Lending Terms the New Normal?
Overdrive has just issued the 9.0 update for Libby. You’ll be able to get push or email notifications about new issues of your favorite magazines. You’ll also be able to sync your wish list from the OverDrive app to Libby, one of the most frequently requested features. It also has received a major new design overhaul.The design updates include new filters at the top of your … [Read more...] about Overdrive Libby receives major new update
All aspects of society have learned a few things during the past year as we braved a worldwide pandemic. First, we learned that working from home actually is a possibility for a great many industries. We've also learned that working from home can be difficult if you have family members to care for. We've learned that masks can stop the spread of COVID and a lot of other … [Read more...] about Enki Enables Free eBook Borrowing to All CA Residents
Major publishers change their terms for libraries every single year and this forces them to spend more money in order to have an extensive collection of audiobooks and ebooks for their patrons. People borrow this type of content directly on their e-reader or through an app for a smartphone or tablet. There are only a few key people in an entire library system that truly … [Read more...] about Here are the big 5 publishers terms for libraries in 2021
Hoopla offers Bonus Borrows Collections to libraries that do business with the company. They initially launched it when COVID first disrupted our lifestyles and has been extended until the pandemic is over. It provides 1000 top titles for audiobooks, ebooks and comics. The digital content does not count toward your monthly lending limits. You can check out Bonus Borrows titles … [Read more...] about What is Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection?
Overdrive bought the library unit of RBdigital last year, which meant that all of their audiobooks and magazines would be available on the platform. Many libraries had their patrons download multiple apps in order to read or listen to digital content, but this is not the case anymore. Thousands of libraries are now making blog posts, sending out newsletters and starting public … [Read more...] about Thousands of libraries are moving from RBdigital to Overdrive
With an increase in the use of the internet, digital libraries have become the new normal. This has made education accessible for many of those who could not visit public libraries if they lived in far-flung areas. There is still a significant number of people who love going to public libraries just to feel the paperbacks and have the taste of knowledge while smelling the … [Read more...] about Will Digital Libraries Take Over Public Libraries?