November 17, 2014

Listen Now: OverDrive Announces Plans to Launch Streaming Audiobooks Later this Year

Users will be able to stream content to OverDrive apps for various devices. Direct download will continue to be available. From Today’s Announcement: Scheduled for launch later this year, streaming audiobooks will be available on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. This instant-access technology will eliminate long downloads before listening […]

Audiobooks: Two Reasons to Congratulate Hugh McGuire and the LibriVox Team

What are those two reasons? Direct to LibriVox web site. 1. LibriVox reports that over 100,000,000 public domain audiobooks have been downloaded (free) from their digital collection on the Internet Archive site. “The LibriVox collection is one of the most popular on the Internet Archive,” said Brewster Kahle, Founder and Director of the Internet Archive. […]

Minneapolis/St.Paul: Metro Libraries, Patrons Unload on Audiobooks Full of Glitches

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: More than 100 metro-area libraries serving about 2 million users depend on one provider of digital audiobooks, but there’s a problem: The company’s technology is so plagued with glitches that one county library system temporarily suspended the service and another will be launching a separate service in February. “We hate, […]

OverDrive Tells Library Customers that Sales of Penguin Audiobooks Have Been Suspended

From a PaidContent Article by Laura Hazard Owen: Hoping to skirt Penguin’s library e-book restrictions by checking out a hot new title as a digital audiobook instead? Sorry, that strategy will no longer work as Penguin changed its library policies again today Digital Shift has the message that OverDrive, which distributes e-books to libraries, sent […]

Brilliance Audio is Suspending Availability of Download Audiobook Titles for Library Purchase

Always talk about ebooks being pulled or possibly being pulled for library access. Today, word that one audiobook publisher is suspending the sale of  (as of January 31, 2011) audiobooks for library lending via OverDrive and other vendors. OverDrive partners were informed of this change in a collection development update email. Here’s the exact wording […]

OverDrive Releases List of the Most Downloaded Library eBooks and Audiobooks for August 2011

Most Downloaded lists are available for the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia. A global ranking is also available. Discussion About August 2011 Lists by Jason Sockel (via OverDrive Library Blog) Direct to Access All Lists (Top 10 For Each Category are Available) Worldwide #1s For August 2011 Download eBooks – Adult Fiction The Help, by […]