January 26, 2022

eBooks and OPACS: OverDrive and Innovative Interfaces Announce Plans for “Deep API Integration”

From the OverDrive Digital Library Blog:

This week, OverDrive and Innovative Interfaces agreed on plans for deep API integration of OverDrive services into III products, including Sierra and Encore Discovery Services Platform. The coming API updates will include the ability to check out and place a hold on eBooks from a library’s online catalog.


The plans with III also include an option to take the integration beyond digital and into the physical collection. In addition to providing an enhanced user experience through a library’s online catalog, OverDrive and III will enable a seamless experience for OverDrive library partners in our collection portal, Content Reserve. Libraries will be able to see their physical and digital holdings side-by-side within Content Reserve so that collection development decisions can be based on physical holdings, circulation, and other criteria.


Included in the Content API will be direct access to both downloadable and browser-based (OverDrive Read) eBooks, as well as eBook samples in the OverDrive Read format.

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See Also: Polaris ILS, Axis 360 to Integrate Ebook Access (The Digital Shift; April 23, 2013)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.