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Tuesday, 29th June 2010

Coming Soon: Libraries Will Be Able to Offer Access to Disney Digital Books

OverDrive has announced that a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books has been signed and libraries will soon be able to offer (assuming the library has the Disney content as part of their OverDrive package) users unlimited access to the more than 600 Disney digital titles featuring the many new (Buzz and Woody) and classic (Mickey and Donald) Disney characters in stories that utilize both text and multimedia.

What's perhaps most interesting and different about the announcement is that the Disney service will be browser-based. In other words, no downloading will be necessary.

A couple of weeks ago a Librarian in Black post discussed about the "frustrating" process of downloading ebooks and audiobooks. We also shared a few opinions on the topic.

A browser-based service from will very likely end the frustration of downloading (at least for one specific OverDrive service) since it's simply not possible what about portability? Will a browser-based service work on any browser at any location (with web access) regardless if it's on the families desktop, the laptop in the kitchen, or a smartphone/pad/tablet that could looked at as the family does Saturday morning errands?

We've reached out and sent along several questions to OverDrive and expect to hear back sometime on Tuesday.




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