Monday, May 13, 2013

Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura HD Comparison Review (Video)

The Kobo Aura HD is the newest ebook reader to hit the market, and it comes with a unique screen that is larger than typical E Ink ereaders, plus the resolution is higher. But is the screen good enough to win over would be Kindle Paperwhite buyers? Is the bigger screen size and better resolution [...]

U.S. Navy joins Big Library Read

On Wednesday, May 15th,  public library users around the world will begin simultaneously checking out 'Four Corners of the Sky' thanks to the pilot program of Big Library Read. Among those enjoying the story about a naval pilot will be actual enlisted servicemen and women of the United States Navy. Just like any library's OverDrive-powered digital collection, the Navy General Library program is available for members of the Navy 24/7 and from anywhere in the world, which comes in handy for those serving their country abroad.
The Army Europe Libraries have also joined Big Library Read, meaning soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan can enjoy the eBook by Michael Malone. The U.S. Army and Navy library programs aim to make books available to active troops around the world and their digital collections enable them to access these titles regardless of where they are stationed and what time they are accessing it.


Big Library Read, the first program of its kind, will make 'Four Corners of the Sky' available to patrons of over 4,000 (and counting!) participating libraries simultaneously. Big Library Read runs from May 15th through June 1st. During that time, not only will the title be available for users to enjoy, but there will be a live chat with author Michael Malone as well as ongoing conversation across social networking sites. Be sure to join this discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #BigLibraryRead and let us know your thoughts!


Adam Sockel is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive

Potential Biggest Book of the Year Coming Tomorrow

Don't miss Dan Brown's Inferno, available to purchase in eBook and audiobook formats on Tuesday, May 14th in the Content Reserve Marketplace. Inferno is a sequel to Brown's blockbuster earlier titles featuring symbologist Robert Langdon. They are, in order, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and now Inferno.


As you might guess from the title, Brown's newest story involves hidden clues contained in Dante's Inferno, a part of his 14th century classic epic poem The Divine Comedy, which also includes sections on Purgatory and Heaven ( though based on the title of Brown's book, we are apparently visiting only the Hell section!)


To get a taste of what to expect, an excerpt is available on the author's website. Please note that this link is a PDF that can be read in your internet browser.


Inferno is published in eBook and print by Doubleday (Random House) and on audio by Books on Tape. For the first time, one of Brown's books will be released in English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian and Portuguese on the same day instead of weeks later. Looks like the work of those translators sworn to secrecy who have been allegedly laboring in a guarded underground bunker for two months has paid off!


Make sure to meet what is sure to be high demand from your patrons by visiting Content Reserve and adding Inferno to your digital collection as soon as possible!


Cindy Orr is a Digital Collection Advisor at OverDrive.