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?
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Overdrive has reported that libraries all over the world have collectively loaned out over 289 million ebooks, which is a 40% increase from 2019. This is primarily due to the global pandemic, since most bookstores were closed for the vast majority of the year. People have been buying more ebooks and borrowing more from the library, since this could all be done from the comfort … [Read more...] about 289 million ebooks were borrowed from the public library in 2020
Amazon has generally been reluctant to allow libraries to have access to its ebooks, preferring instead to make those available via its own Kindle ebook store. Public advocacy groups and libraries however have taken strong exception to this and are demanding easy availability of the Amazon titles via libraries to allow the public to have easy access to the information contained … [Read more...] about Amazon working on new system to license ebooks to public libraries
Overdrive has been distributing their Libby app via the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 since the OS launched. People were able to listen to audiobooks and read ebooks on their computer or tablet, such as the Microsoft Surface. Overdrive has discontinued their Windows app and it is no longer available to download. People who already had the app installed, are getting a popup … [Read more...] about Overdrive discontinues the Libby app for Windows
Many libraries have been closed for the vast majority of the year, but that has not stopped them from loaning out a record number of audiobooks and ebooks worldwide. 2020 is on pace to once again set records in ebooks and audiobooks borrowed on Libby and across all OverDrive platforms. Through the first 11 months of 2020, 366 million ebook and audiobooks have been checked out … [Read more...] about Top ebooks Checked Out from Public Libraries in 2020
Overdrive has announced that they are now offering digital comics and magazines with Zinio. There are currently 3,000 magazines such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping and Us Weekly. There are also over 2,000 of the best comic and graphic novels from Disney, Marvel, IDW, Image and Dark Horse. Both OverDrive Magazines and the new all-access comics package … [Read more...] about Zinio magazines and comics now available from Overdrive
Libraries in the United States want access to ebooks that Amazon publishes in-house. This includes digital content from Kindle Direct Publishing and also their various imprints. Advocacy groups claim that you shouldn't need a Kindle or a credit card in order to be an informed citizen.Amazon operates a number of imprints that are genre specific. This includes Thomas & … [Read more...] about Libraries want access to Amazon ebooks
The bibliotheca cloud library system is very popular and they have just announced a partnership with LibraryPass that brings unlimited, simultaneous access to ComicPlus’ entire catalogue of more than 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga. The two-pronged deal includes a distribution agreement that makes ComicsPlus immediately available to bibliotheca customers … [Read more...] about Bibliotheca Cloud Library is getting tons of digital comics
A new Overdrive Libby update is putting the priority on sharing ebooks via social media. Users can now share titles or directly with friends, using the Share button found in a title Reading Journey and details screen. A shared title page shows the book’s summary, basic details, and nearby libraries that offer the title through Libby. This new option encourages users to … [Read more...] about Overdrive Libby now allows you to share ebooks
Libraries in the United Kingdom are seeing a huge uptick in the number of audiobooks and ebooks that are being loaned out. It is estimated that all branches lent an additional 3.5 million ebooks from 13th March to 14th August. Chrys Mellor, libraries general manager for North Yorkshire County Council, said ebook and audio were up 78% and 3,000 new members have signed up for … [Read more...] about UK Libraries have loaned out 3.5 million ebooks during pandemic
One of the best apps that Overdrive ever release, was Libby. This is an app that focuses the listening and reading experience, and that's it. It is a simplified approach that caters to people who grew tired of the main Overdrive app, which was designed not only reading, but watching videos and listening to music, or reading magazines. Libby was released in 2017 and since then, … [Read more...] about What are people reading and listening to on Overdrive Libby?