OverDrive Launches Next Generation of Its Library E-Book Distribution Service

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.

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