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How to listen to OverDrive library audiobooks on nearly any mobile device

Many public libraries around the world partner with OverDrive to let you borrow eBooks and audiobooks. While OverDrive lets you listen to audiobooks in a web browser or using mobile apps, there are also other ways to listen. You can burn audiobooks to CDs. Or you can just download use OverDrive’s desktop app to download […]

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Rakuten acquires library eBook, audiobook provider OverDrive

The company that bought retail portal Buy.com in 2010 and eBook company Kobo in 2011 is expanding again. Rakuten has announced plans to buy OverDrive for $410 million. OverDrive is an eBook and audiobook distributor that makes digital media available to library patrons, school students, and others. You can use the OverDrive system to borrow or […]

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How to borrow library books on your iOS, Android, or Kindle device using OverDrive

The ebooks market is huge. There are dozens of services for purchasing books to read on your tablet or smartphone. There are also ways to read ebooks for free, legitimately. Just like borrowing a physical book from the library, you can check out ebooks right on your Android, iOS, or Kindle device. OverDrive is one […]

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OverDrive and NOOK bring digital newspaper, magazine lending to libraries

OverDrive is the company that provides the platform most public libraries in the United States use to lend eBooks to patrons. Now the company is expanding into periodicals thanks to a partnership with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Media subsidiary. The deal means that you may soon be able to check out issues of newspapers or […]

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Free audiobooks from your library: OverDrive to use only DRM-free MP3 files

OverDrive is putting another nail in the coffin of DRM with the announcement that it’ll stop offering audiobooks in the WMA format. Soon OverDrive will only sell audiobooks in DRM-free MP3. The company’s primary customers are libraries — but this is still good news for individuals who use those libraries. If you check out eBooks […]

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Now you can check out Kindle eBooks from public libraries

Earlier this year Amazon announced that the Kindle eBook reader would be joining the ranks of digital book devices that you could use to read books from your public library. Last night it looks like at least a few libraries flipped the switch, because the Seattle Public Library and King County Public Library are both offering […]