In the approach to the American Library Association’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. next week, there has been a lot of pre-loaded, library-focused news.
Just this morning, Penguin announced that it would begin a pilot program with public libraries in New York and 3M for e-book lending. Yesterday, Library Journal publisher Media Source launched an extensive new book review database for librarians with ambitious plans to expand to consumers. And a children’s book publisher launched a new platform and e-reader aimed at schools and libraries. There will surely be more to come.
Also this morning, major library e-book distributor OverDrive announced the next generation of its library e-book and audiobook distribution platform, adding new features based on feedback from its network of 18,000 libraries and schools.
The features include:
— A browser-based reader called OverDrive Read powered by HTML5
— Streaming audiobooksfor Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry
— OverDrive Media Station, which will let readers in libraries browse and sample e-books on touchscreen monitors
— Collection development tools for librarians
— A new developer portal launching in July that will enable librarians to integrate library systems with OverDrive technology
OverDrive will demo the platform at the ALA meeting.