OverDrive add Gutenberg, other 3rd party sources to their library platform

From the Overdrive blog:

On Friday, Boston Public Library became the first OverDrive library partner to add more than 15,000 public domain eBooks from Project Gutenberg to its ‘Virtual Branch’ website—at no cost to the library. This featured collection, currently in beta, enables users to discover and download thousands of DRM-free EPUB eBooks without holds, waitlists, or authentication.

That's great, but I'm looking forward to when Overdrive add other sources. Assuming Overdrive did it right, it shouldn't take any more effort to add, for example, Feedbooks.

Let me tell you why it's easy. Have you ever used Aldiko or Stanza? Did you notice how you can access the Feedbooks, Fictionwise, Gutenberg,  or a bunch of other sites form inside the app? You can that because the app and the sites all follow the OPDS standard.

Hopefully Overdrive also followed the standard.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

2 Comments

  1. […] a little surprising to hear of the expansion this week; it was one year ago yesterday that Overdrive started offering the PG titles to its member libraries here in the USA. Expansion […]

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  2. […] 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 […]

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