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Grisham, Stockett & Larsson Have Most Downloaded Library Books In November

Digital book distributor OverDrive has released its list of the most downloaded books from the library for the month of November.

We’ve added the list of the most popular adult fiction downloads globally, on the left. As you can see, it includes titles by John Grisham, George R.R. Martin and Kathryn Stockett.

The OverDrive blog has more about what was popular in the U.S. It explains: “In the United States, Janet Evanovich’s latest, Explosive Eighteen, blew up the Most Downloaded list as the No. 1 downloaded audiobook, while The Hunger Games and Inheritance took home the top spots for Juvenile Audiobooks and eBooks, respectively. Also frequently downloaded in November were Ally Condie’s Matched (on the strength of the release ofCrossed, next in the trilogy) and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (due to the film tie in). Both of these titles performed well in both eBook and audiobook format.”

Follow this link to check out the most popular downloads by category and location.

OverDrive Has Added ‘Test Drive’ Program For Libraries

OverDrive has created a new program to help libraries teach patrons how to check out eBooks called Test Drive.

The program includes device recommendations, as well as guidelines on how to set up devices for checkout, as well as best practices for institutions that want to lend eReaders and tablets to patrons.

The Sony PRS-T1 is the first device to run this new test program . The press release explains more: “Test Drive Approved device requirements include compatibility with the library’s eBook catalog, direct Wi-Fi checkout and eBook download via an onboard browser or app, and copyright protection (DRM) and lending practices that conform to rules as required by publisher permissions.”


How to Check Out Library eBooks on the Sony Reader Wifi

The Kindle isn’t the only e-reader to support downloading library eBooks over Wifi. OverDrive put together this helpful little video to demonstrate how the new Sony Reader Wifi (which was launched last month) downloaded OverDrive library eBooks.

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eBook Library Check Out Up 200%

eBook checkouts from libraries are up 200% so far this year as compared to all of 2010, with more than 12 million eBooks checked out from libraries so far  this year, according to digital book distributor OverDrive. According to the company’s Q3 2011 research, eBook checkouts from libraries will exceed 16 million this year.

The company has also reported that almost 2 million new users signed up for the ability to check out books from libraries through the OverDrive network this year, which is about double last year. Interestingly mobile devices are accounting for 21% of all checkouts from the network, as more readers are checking out library books using their phones.

We expect these numbers to keep growing since last month OverDrive partnered with Amazon to let Kindle users check out library books. If you’d like to check out eBooks from your local library using OverDrive, check out our post on How To Download eBooks From Your Local Library post.


Packt Publishing Launches New eBook Library

Packt Publishing, a UK based technical publisher, announced a special offer on Friday for its eBook library. All new subscribers to PacktLib will be able to download and keep one eBook title each month.

PacktLib is a subscription based service that offers access to all 640 titles that Packt has in circulation. The titles cover a variety of topics from specific IT subjects including: Apache, 3D Gaming Amazon API, MySQL, .Net, and more.

Packt offers a 1 month free trial, and individual subscriptions start at £15 a month. A 1 year subscription costs £150. (Don’t let the prices fool you; it’s open to anyone.) Corporate subscriptions are also available.

PacktLib originally launched in August 2010, and it’s just the latest of Packt Publishing’s digital efforts. Packt has been releasing eBooks since 2007, and in 2009 it also dropped DRM from all of the eBooks it sells.

Librarian Christopher Harris Suggests Buying eBooks In Consortium

School librarian Christopher Harris has a new piece on The School Library Journal’s website, in which he argues that buying eBooks is too expensive for school libraries on their own. To address the issue, he advises that school libraries buy eBooks in consortium.

While eBooks in public libraries tend to be focused on new-release fiction, Harris points out that school libraries have to follow Common Core standards which dictates that “at least half of reading assignments be literary nonfiction for all grades.” Here is more from the piece: “…many of our publishers are offering unlimited, simultaneous access to ebooks. They recognize that ebook usage is governed by math and statistical probability.”

Harris gives an example of how this statistical model works: “For example, in a K-5 school of 600 students, a book about a social studies topic used in the fourth grade is probably only going to be read by about 100 students. If we consider that the fourth grade is likely divided into four classes of 25 students each, then unlimited, simultaneous access becomes nothing more than a marketing term-not a projection of actual usage. This is why a library consortia model is the way to go.”

How to Read Library eBooks on Your Kindle

News broke late last night that the a couple libraries in Seattle are currently testing the new Kindle eBook library support. As part of the test, someone at the King County Library System has already made an instructional video that shows how to download a library eBook to a Kindle.

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Ebrary Signs a New Partner for Australia, NZ

The Australian library services supplier James Bennett announced today that it would be ebrary’s new distribution partner for Australia, NZ, and surrounding regions.This Baker & Taylor subsidiary was established in 1964 and is one of the leading library acquisitions services supplier for the region. Australasian libraries can now get ebrary’s eBooks by ordering directly through James Bennett Online (JBO).

The eBook and digital platform provider ebrary also announced today that it had signed a new publishing partner. Australian Academic Press is a niche academic publisher for the behavioral sciences, with a primary focus in psychology. Ebrary added the AAP to its catalog of more than 273,000 eBooks from over 500 publishers.Libraries and institutions can license content from ebrary under flexible models including subscription, purchase, patron-driven acquisition, and rental.

Top 10 Downloaded Adult Fiction From The Library

OverDrive, a company that distributes digital books to libraries, has published its lists of the most popular eBooks to be downloaded from the  library. We’ve copied the top 10 downloaded adult fiction titles for the month of August below. The list includes the title of the book, the author and the number of weeks the title has been on the list.

As you can see popular titles including The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have been on the list for almost half of the year, and new titles like Janet Evanovich‘s Smokin’ Seventeen and Danielle Steele‘s Happy Birthday, have just joined.

To read about popular library downloads for other categories including adult non-fiction and juvenile fiction, follow this linkRead more

Kama Sutra, Sherlock Holmes are The Most Popular Project Gutenberg Library eBooks

It’s been just over a year since OverDrive added Project Gutenberg eBooks to its content offerings (and only a few weeks since the PG eBooks became available outside the US), and they’ve proved very popular.

OverDrive released a list today that summarized the 25 most commonly downloaded Project Gutenberg eBooks.You can find the complete list over on the OO blog, and here are the top 5 titles.

  1. The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. The Best American Humorous Short Stories
  5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The most interesting detail about this list isn’t the titles on it. No, this list is curious because it is so very similar to Project Gutenberg’s own list of popular titles. There are very many names in common, and they are even in the same order. I would have expected to see more differences between the 2 lists. After all, library patrons and visitors to the PG website don’t necessarily have much in common.

BTW, what sets these ebooks apart is that OverDrive helps libraries host and share the PG eBooks, but it doesn’t sell them. The eBooks are free to download and do not have DRM.

via OverDrive

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