Happy news appeared in my email inbox this morning.

From the OverDrive Digital Library Blog:

OMC For Windows Now Features MP3 Return

“With the latest version of OverDrive Media Console for Windows, library patrons now have the option to early-return MP3 audiobooks.

We recently released a new version of OverDrive Media Console for Windows computers. In addition to the usual navigation and playback features enabling users to download and enjoy OverDrive audiobooks, music, and video on Windows computers,  the updated desktop application—OMC v3.2.2—allows users to return MP3 audiobooks before the end of the specified lending period. The early-return feature is sure to please your library’s audiobook enthusiasts.

For OMC v3.2.3, the system requirements have not changed. Readers can install the free app on computers running Windows XP (or newer); users with OverDrive Media Console already installed will receive notification upon opening the application that an update is available for download.

Find the updated app at www.overdrive.com/Software/omc

Mobile users have been able to return mp3 audiobooks for a few months, but now the majority of PC users are able to return them also.   Yay!  But before we get too giddy here’s the good and the less good–there’s really no bad here.


  • Windows users and mobile platform users are able to return mp3 audiobooks before their checkout period ends.
  • Mp3 format audiobooks are in high demand with our customers so early returns should reduce wait times for library customers.  :)


  • Early audiobook returns apply to mp3 format only.
  • WMA format audiobooks which make up the majority of the library collection are NOT ELIGIBLE for early returns. :(


The reason why WMA format audiobooks cannot be returned early can be summed up in three letters,  DRM (insert Darth Vader music here).  Publishers who sell libraries mp3 audiobooks are to be applauded, it was their willingness to take a risk and strip out DRM from their audiobooks in 2009 that made it possible for iPod users to finally download library audiobook titles.  Libraries have been asking for early returns for audiobooks for years, and for years we’ve been told that this was an issue that publishers weren’t willing to budge on.

Now once again publishers are testing the waters by enabling mp3 format early returns.

SIDE NOTE:  the neighbor’s great dane barked, howled, and whined off and on between 10 pm and 5 am this morning so i’m a bit sleep deprived…

Perhaps its the sleep deprivation, but this morning I’m thinking of these folks within the publishing industry as the rebel forces from Star Wars battling against the Empire and their Death Star powered by DRM.  So this morning I raise my cup of joe in salute to these courageous people and say, “Let’s blow this thing and go home.”








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Press Release via: Digital Book World

Harry Potter eBooks to be distributed to Public and School Libraries through OverDrive
Bestselling series available for digital library lending for first time

(London, UK) – February 27, 2012 – Pottermore, the online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooks created by J.K. Rowling and partnered by Sony, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries. Under the terms of the agreement, OverDrive, a leading global distributor of eBooks and digital audiobooks, will manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries for the Harry Potter collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks in English and more than 20 other languages to OverDrive’s growing network of over 18,000 public and school libraries worldwide.

Through local public library and school catalogues, OverDrive’s digital book lending service will promote to new and returning readers a popular way to access the official Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks. The Harry Potter series has sold over 400 million copies worldwide and is widely credited with immersing an entire generation of young readers into books and reading. With this agreement, the seven books in the series will be available in digital formats for the first time for lending from public and school libraries.

Charlie Redmayne, Pottermore CEO, said:

“We are keen to support public and school libraries, and OverDrive, as one of the leading suppliers in this market, provides us with a global network that helps us achieve this, as well as encouraging the discovery of these amazing books across the world.”

OverDrive CEO and President Steve Potash said:

“J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is a once-a-lifetime phenomenon and has been an extremely significant catalyst for reading and literacy for current and future generations. We are honoured to bring this beloved storytelling experience digitally to public and school libraries worldwide.”

In keeping with Harry Potter’s international appeal, OverDrive will provide schools and libraries the ability to offer the official eBooks and digital audiobooks in many different languages – initially English, French, Italian, German and Spanish – with more languages to follow.

Readers will have immediate access to eBooks and digital audiobooks on a wide range of popular computers and reading devices including PC, Mac®, eReaders, tablets and smartphones. Supported devices include Sony® Reader, Kindle® (US only), NOOK™, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, BlackBerry®, and Windows® Phone. In addition to the eBook collection, the complete digital audiobooks will be made available for digital borrowing in the MP3 file format on listening devices such as computers, smartphones and iPod®.

To find a participating library or school in the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH. http://www.overdrive.com

About Pottermore
Pottermore is a unique online reading experience from J.K. Rowling, built around the Harry Potter books. Share and participate in the stories, showcase your own Potter-related creativity, and discover additional information about the world of Harry Potter from the author herself. The site allows visitors to experience and explore the first Harry Potter story, with subsequent stories unveiled over time. Pottermore is available to users in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish (Castilian). http://www.pottermore.com

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This post has been updated with new information regarding Penguin e-books and e-audiobooks as of today.

This afternoon I received the following information from OverDrive regarding Penguin e-books and e-audiobooks.

Dear Library Partner,

Starting tomorrow (February 10, 2012), Penguin will no longer offer additional copies of eBooks and download audiobooks for library purchase. Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. For library patrons, this means Penguin eBooks will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps. 

We are continuing to talk to Penguin about their future plans for eBook and digital audiobook availability for library lending.

If you have any questions, please contact Penguin (Erica Glass, Erica.glass@us.penguingroup.com). OverDrive has no additional information to share at this time.


OverDrive’s Library Partner Services team

Since this notice is very short and has implications for the Library District, I’ll save the editorial comments and speculation for another time.  Reading this it would be easy to make the assumption that the big news is cessation of over the air delivery of Kindle devices or apps.  Here’s my best attempt to summarize the statement and it’s impact both short and long term.

Starting tomorrow (February 10, 2012), Penguin will no longer offer additional copies of eBooks and download audiobooks for library purchase.

Impact:  This will affect hold queues on our e-book and e-audiobook collection since we cannot purchase additional copies of this material.


Penguin has completely suspended sale of both e-books and e-audiobooks to libraries.   As of today all of the ebook and e-audiobook hold queues are well within line with our 5 to 1 holds to copy ratio, so we may not see notable delays in wait times for our customers in the short term.

Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. For library patrons, this means Penguin eBooks will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps.

Impact:  This affects Kindle devices but also Kindle apps, so if a customer uses a Kindle app on their mobile device (iPhone, iPad) they will now have to connect that device to a computer and download the book. 

This announcement is effective  tomorrow, so in the interest of communicating this as widely as possible, I’ve sent this same information via email

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OverDrive announced in an email to library partners  last week that Brilliance Audio is suspending availability of its audiobooks for purchase as downloads across all vendors.  Here’s their official statement:

For U.S. libraries only at this time. 


Changes to BrillianceAudio library lending
Effective January 31, 2012, as instructed by the publisher, BrillianceAudio will suspend the availability of all download audiobook titles for library purchase across all vendors. This change does not affect any titles currently in your library’s catalog. You will not, however, be able to add any additional copies.
If you have questions or comments, you can reach BrillianceAudio directly at AskSales@brillianceaudio.com or 800.648.2312.

Gary Price at INFOdocket  noted connections with Amazon that may indicate this isn’t a brinkmanship move by Brilliance Audio that might end in a compromise solution as the Penguin Group ebook did in November.

Price notes that:

“Brilliance Audio was acquired by Amazon.com in May, 2007. Amazon also owns Audible.com, the popular audiobook download service.

A Few of the Many Possibilities That Quickly Come to Mind

  • Brilliance Sells Access to Titles via Audible, No Need To Lend
  • Amazon Will Add Some/All Brilliance Titles to the Their Amazon Prime Program”

Practicalities — what does this mean for the library today?

  1. Brilliance Audio talking books on CD aren’t affected by this development.
  2. Fewer audiobook offerings by popular authors such as Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz and others.
  3. Our current Brilliance Audio download titles will remain in the collection.
  4. We may have difficulty maintaining our holds to copy ratio of 5 to 1 for Brilliance Audio downloads.

Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.

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Oh happy day!

From OverDrive’s  digitallibrary blog:

OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android now support eBooks

“OverDrive Media Console v2.0 for iPhone and Android provides two major enhancements that improve the end user experience. First, the apps now enable users to download and enjoy EPUB eBooks on their devices (in addition to the existing ability to download MP3 audiobooks). The eBook reading experience includes user-inspired features for bookmarking and adjusting brightness and font size. Additional features will be added as the apps develop, including highlighting, annotation, in-app text-to-speech, and more.”

This morning I went in and gave the app a whirl on my iPhone, here are a couple quick thoughts.

Reading ebooks on your mobile device requires that you have an Adobe ID and that you activate your phone.  I strongly  recommend going to Adobe and doing this BEFORE you download the app and start browsing for titles, since you won’t be able to download anything until you get an Adobe ID.  Getting an ADOBE ID is free and doesn’t require anything other than creating a username and password and just takes a few moments. Once you have an ID, and have checked out an ebook, you can activate your phone with your Adobe ID, in the settings for the OverDrive app.

The OverDrive app will work the iPad with IOS 4 an optimized version of the app coming soon according the OverDrive blog.  Apps for Blackberry and other mobile devices are promised for the near future  as well.

The library has a large collection of ebooks.  Enjoy!

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coda download stations

March 18, 2009

Late last year I wrote quite a bit about the download station trial that was occurring in 5 Sno-Isle libraries.  Recently it was pointed out to me that I hadn’t posted anything about the status of this trial.

Sno-Isle has decided to not add download stations to community libraries in 2009.  This decision was based upon usage statistics, as well as reports from community libraries.  Not surprisingly, the current state of the economy influenced the decision as well. It’s possible that download stations may be revisited in 2010.

Thanks to the staff at the Lynnwood, Monroe, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor and Snohomish libraries for your willingness to participate in this trial.

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Well, kinda new anyway….  When I purchase downloadable music, audio books, or video the items are added to the OverDrive site almost instantly ( 1 or at the most 2 hours after I submit the order).   However, records aren’t added to CARL until sometime later, perhaps 2 or 3 weeks is my guess.  This is because CARL needs the records from OCLC to provide more complete access than what appears in the downloadable collection, and those records have to be ordered by OverDrive-then OCLC-sends the OverDrive-who in turns sends them to Sno-Isle.

The e-music collection is not compatible with iPods, iPhones, or Zune devices, because of DRM incompatibilities.

Here’s what the brief record looks like in CARL.

Here’s the full record in CARL.

The solid blue arrow points to the link for the item in our downloadable collection.  Clicking it will take you to to the music so it can be checked out and then downloaded.  The dotted arrow points to the status of the item.

CARL and the download collection are two separate systems so the status for ALL download materials will ALWAYS READ AS “NOT CHECKED OUT”. Do not rely on the CARL record as an indicator of the status of the title since it is in most cases incorrect.  Also for the same reason mentioned above you cannot place a  hold in CARL for an item in the download collection.  For downloads CARL records are simply another access point to lead them to the material.

Hey, wanna listen to Scott McClellan’s tell all about the Bush White House now?

And I mean right now.

Like, right this instant.

Well you can by going to the Sno-Isle Digital Library and checking it out.  Sno-Isle has this book available in Maximum Access which means there will never be any holds on it ever!  There will always be a copy available for you and thousands of your closest friends.

How do we do this? Blackstone Audio, the publisher of McClellan’s book sells their titles to libraries in two ways.  One is the traditional one copy one listener model we’re all used to with books.  Maximum Access is the other way they sell their audio books.  Sno-Isle pays more per title for this option but we can swap out titles in the Blackstone catalog that have past their prime for other ones like What Happened, that everyone wants.  Blackstone is the only audio book publisher that has this program with OverDrive, so most other titles have to be purchased using the one copy one listener business model.

To find What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, go to the Sno-Isle Digital Media Library and search on Scott McClellan.  Do not search the CARLweb, or CARL solution because the record hasn’t been loaded into the catalog yet.

Well, why is that?  One of the beautiful things about digital media is instant gratification.  Literally moments after I place an order for a digital audio book it becomes available to Sno-Isle customers.  Our Catalog Services, Acquisitions, and Materials Processing department are wonderful and can move mountains but they’ll never be able to match the speed of digital media.  Because the book is available instantly through the Sno-Isle page, it takes a while for the MARC record  to be received from OverDrive.  This is because OverDrive has to get it from OCLC, and OCLC sends it to OverDrive and then OverDrive sends it to us.  All this sending back and forth means that there will always be a delay between the time that the book is available for download, and the time that it reaches CARLweb and CARL Solution.

So download an audio book today.

FYI An order for the CD version of this book has been placed and  will be in the catalog soon.  More copies of the print edition are on order as well.  Currently there are 152 people waiting on the hardcover.

Currently this book is not compatible with the iPod, as has been mentioned here before OverDrive will be releasing more information about iPod compatible titles at ALA at the end of the month.

OverDrive and iPod news

June 13, 2008

OverDrive has released version 3.0 of their media console. This version will be compatible with the iPod DRM free titles that are coming later this summer.

(See below for more details)

Version 3.0 also includes a new improved wizard that makes burning CDs easier. For titles that allow CD burning, all patrons need to do is to click the ‘Burn’ button and the burn wizard (ooh he sounds scary doesn’t he? ‘Hey lookout here comes the burn wizard!) will launch which guides the patron through the burn process. The burn wizard makes the whole process a seamless experience for the patron, since the Windows Media Player is completely bypassed.

Version 2.1(the one most of you already have on your desktops) will continue to be supported but all new registrations are going to be installing the new version. This could mean that a patron might call you for help and be looking at a different screen than you are, to avoid this you may wish to replace version 2.1 with the new version of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC).

Read the OverDrive press release for more detail.

OverDrive Media Console OMC v.3.0 now available at your digital library website, offers many features that your patrons have been anticipating.  You and all your users are invited to upgrade to the new OMC v.3.0.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from our Transfer Wizard, we have added a Burn to CD Wizard.  With OMC v3.0, patrons no longer need to launch Windows Media Player to burn to CD.  Instead, in just a few clicks, patrons can burn WMA audio titles through OMC.  Clicking the ‘Burn’ button launches the Burn Wizard, which guides the user through this simple and straightforward process.  For your audiobook users who burn titles to CD, they will be excited to learn that the new Burn Wizard splits OverDrive’s Audiobook parts into tracks (based on the existing MediaMarkers), allowing users to more easily navigate content they have burned to CD.

As announced and covered in the press, OverDrive will introduce the new OverDrive MP3 Audiobook (compatible with iPods).  OMC v3.0 supports the new MP3 format.  When OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks are available (coming Summer 2008).  Windows users who have already installed OMC v3.0 will be able to use titles in this format.  Users of earlier versions will need to upgrade to OMC v3.0 to enjoy OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks.  To learn more about OverDrive MP3 Audibooks, read the press release and Library Journal’s coverage of this exciting news.

OverDrive is grateful for your feedback and suggestions that have allowed us to release this exciting new version of the OverDrive Media Console.  If you have any questions, please contact your Project Manager or the OverDrive Support Team.

If one of your friends said to you,

“Hey, wanna go to a show? I got tickets to this band I haven’t heard of, but they’re supposed to be great.” And assuming you had nothing better to do, would you go?

That’s a bit of what this new group of downloadable music is like–there’s folk, power pop, punk, emo, broadway, alternative rock, classic rock, and children’s–and even a Neil Sedaka collection with some Irish Tenors thrown in as well.

Not all of it’s for everyone-but there is some very good indie label stuff here from the folks at Razor & Tie.

A few snippets that caught my eye this morning.–biographies and reviews from All Music Guide-definitely the site to have open as you browse these artists and titles.

Tora! Tora! Torrance! (punk revival)

Tora! Tora! Torrance! hails from the same neighborhood that brought listeners the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and Suicide Commandos; however, the energetic indie rock quintet arrived nearly 20 years after those pioneers. Just as ironic and passionate as their mentors, Tora! Tora! Torrance! is comprised of Travis Even (bass), Sam Johnson (guitar/keyboards), Nick Koenigs (vocals), Jesse Panzer (drums), and Jon Tester (guitar).

Dar Williams (folk)

Williams takes pains to avoid the coy, and the quirky; her songwriting and performing style has been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez but with a few acidic and, at times, hilarious twists.

Rufio (pop punk, emo)

The Rancho Cucamonga, CA, pop-punk quartet Rufio is comprised of members Scott Sellers (guitar, vocals), Jon Berry (bass, vocals), Clark Domae (lead guitar), and Mike Jimenez (drums). Musically comparable to such early 21st century chart-toppers as blink-182 and Sum 41, Rufio issued their debut recording, Perhaps, I Suppose…, in 2001 on the Revelation Records label.

Yerba Buena (Latin)

The Latin American collective Yerba Buena was organized by producer and multi-instrumentalist Andres Levin, a native Venezuelan who’d appeared on records by Marisa Monte, Arto Lindsay, Aterciopelados, and Tina Turner, as well as helming the critically acclaimed Fela Kuti tribute Red Hot + Riot. Yerba Buena arose from Levin‘s wish to bring together a band capable of melding forms old and new, learning from each other in the form of a school.

“So, c’mon do you wanna go to a show? I’ve got tickets and these guys are s’posed to be really good”



38 Special Resolution
Acceptance Black Lines to Battlefields
Adam Pascal Model Prisoner
Adam Pascal Civilian
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequence
Ali Dee and The Deekompressors Go Speed Racer Go
Alice Ripley Everything’s Fine
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
All That Remains Behind Silence and Solitude
Alvin And The Chipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks,Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Angelique Kidjo Djin Djin
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brandtson Send Us A Signal
Brandtson Hello, Control
Cartel The Ransom Ep
Century Black Ocean
Chase Pagan Oh, Musica!
Cledus T. Judd I Stoled This Record
Cledus T. Judd Juddmental
Cledus T. Judd Essenshul Cledus T. Judd
Controlling the Famous Automatic City
Copeland Beneath Medicine Tree
Copeland In Motion
Copeland Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Copeland Dressed Up & In Line
Danko Jones We Sweat Blood
Danko Jones Sleep Is The Enemy
Dar Williams The Honesty Room
Dar Williams End of the Summer
Dar Williams Green World
Dar Williams My Better Self
Dave Barnes Me and You and the World
Dead Confederate Dead Confederate
Denison Witmer Safe Away / Are You A Sleeper?
Driving East The Future of the Free World is Riding On This One
Everybody Else Everybody Else
Everybody Else 1.5
Fielding Fielding
Francis Dunnery Let’s Go Do What Happens
Fred Eaglesmith 50 Odd Dollars
Graham Parker Loose Monkeys
Graham Parker Deepcut to Nowhere
Irish Tenors We Three Kings
Irish Tenors Heritage
Irish Tenors Sacred
Jack Lukeman Metropolis Blue
Jason Robert Brown Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes
Jill Cunniff City Beach
Judy Kuhn, Laura Nyro Serious Playgrounds
Kelli O’Hara Wonder in the World
Kevin Cahoon Doll
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 1
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 2
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop Christmas
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 3
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 4
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 5
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 6
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop Gold
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop Halloween
Kidz Bop A Very Merry Kidz Bop
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 8
Kidz Bop Los Kidz Bop
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 10
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 9
Kidz Bop More Kidz Bop Gold
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 11
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 12
Kidz Bop The Coolest Kidz Bop Christmas Ever!
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop Country
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 13
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 80s Gold
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 7
Lakes Photographs EP
Let Go Let Go
Lovedrug Pretend You’re Alive
Lovedrug Everything Starts Where it Ends
Man Alive Open Surgery
Marshall Crenshaw The 9 Volt Years
Marshall Crenshaw #447
Martin Short Martin Short
Michael Stanley Eighteen Down
Mobile Tomorrow Starts Today
Neil Sedaka The Definitive Collection
Noise Ratchet Till We Have Faces
Original Cast Recording Jacques Brel is Alive and Welland Living in Paris
Original Cast Recording Bernarda Alba
Original Cast Recording The Drowsy Chaperone
Original Cast Recording The Fantasticks
Original Cast Recording High Fidelity
Original Cast Recording Legally Blonde
Rufio Perhaps, I Suppose(Deluxe Edition)
Ryan Shaw This is Ryan Shaw
Skeletonwitch Beyond the Permafrost
Testament First Strike Still Deadly
The Appleseed Cast Peregrine
The Beautiful Mistake Light a Match,For I Deserve to Burn
The Beautiful Mistake This is Who You Are
The Clarks Let It Go
The Clarks Fast Moving Cars
The Class of 98 Touch This and Die
The Holy Fire In The Name of The World
The Lyndsay Diaries The Tops of Trees Are On Fire
The New Frontiers Mending
The Panic Division Songs From The Glasshouse
The Rocket Summer Calendar Days
The Rocket Summer Hello, Good Friend
The Rocket Summer The Early Years
Tom Chapin Some Assembly Required
Tora! Tora! Torrance! Get Into It
Tora! Tora! Torrance! A Cynics Nightmare
Twisted Sister A Twisted Christmas
Umbrellas Umbrellas
Umbrellas Illuminare
Waterboys A Rock In The Weary Land
We Shot The Moon Fear and Love
Yerba Buena President Alien

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