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OverDrive Hires YouTube Veteran, Establishes NYC Presence

Digital library book distribution platform OverDrive has hired YouTube veteran Lee C. Milstein to the newly created position Chief Strategy Officer.

Milstein, who has also held leadership roles at AOL and DivX, will lead OverDrive’s emerging digital media businesses. This includes expanding the company’s push into streaming video and education content and services. Milstein will also guide the organization’s overall strategy and strategic partnerships. Milstein will also lead a market development team that will be based in New York City, a first time the company has had a presence in the city.

“With Lee’s successes in building both revenue and user base in his previous positions, we are confident that his efforts will accelerate the significant growth that we’re experiencing,” stated Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive.  ”In addition to working with our Executive team to direct forward-looking strategies and partnerships, Lee will lead our growing streaming video service for our global network of publishers, consumers and institutional partners.”

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eBook Downloads From Libraries Hit Records On Christmas Day

It seems that people who got eReaders and tablets for Christmas this year are pretty savvy when it comes to checking out eBooks from libraries.

OverDrive reported yesterday that media content downloads from libraries using its app hit a record on Christmas Day. This includes borrowed eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos. According to OverDrive, most of these check outs came from patrons using iPads, Kindle Fires and Android devices.

Here is more from the OverDrive blog: “Among the libraries setting all-time eBook circulation records yesterday were Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio), Pioneer Library System (Okla.), Hennepin County Library (Minn.), and Mid-Continent Public Library (Mo.).” OverDrive CEO Steve Potash explained the numbers. He stated: “Mobile users account for as much as two-thirds of all traffic at Next Generation pilot libraries, and they’re generating record traffic.”

Publishers Fight OverDrive On Library eBook Distribution

Last month OverDrive launched the ability to check out library books with your phone, which is available on various devices including the iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry and Android-based devices. But some publishers are not happy about this easy access.

Library Journal reports: “HarperCollins has announced that new titles licensed from library ebook vendors will be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires.”

OverDrive’s Steve Potash, sent out an e-mail this week defining some of the new eBook DRM terms on its library eBooks. Library hacker Joe Atzberger posted the note on his blog: “…we have been required to accept and accommodate new terms for eBook lending as established by certain publishers. Next week, OverDrive will communicate a licensing change from a publisher that, while still operating under the one-copy/one-user model, will include a checkout limit for each eBook licensed. Under this publisher’s requirement, for every new eBook licensed, the library (and the OverDrive platform) will make the eBook available to one customer at a time until the total number of permitted checkouts is reached. This eBook lending condition will be required of all eBook vendors or distributors offering this publisher’s titles for library lending (not just OverDrive).”

Via Librarian By Day.