May 26, 2015

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

Lights and Camera In Action at Tampa Bay Libraries

Libraries in Central Florida are getting ready for their closeup. The Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC), which represents 113 public, academic, school, and special libraries in the Sunshine State, has brought on a full-time videographer to serve each branch, and the consortium as well. Now special events, chats with authors, and even monthly newsletters from TBLC members are getting professional video treatment.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

Imagine if building a flashlight was as easy as stacking blocks, or that you could build a robot with a shoebox, nine-volt battery, and a pile of components small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Enter LittleBits, a modular, à la carte electronics prototyping platform for users of all skill levels

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

Britannica’s ImageQuest, a comprehensive, beautifully curated compendium of images, is back and better than ever, with a million new options for kids of all ages.

IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

“Osmo is part app and part iPad, with a little physical hackery thrown in,” writes Chad Sansing, who considers the new gaming platform’s potential for the classroom in his review.

SELF-e Comes to Cuyahoga | Self-Publishing and Libraries

James LaRue

SELF-e is the partnership between Library Journal and Charleston, SC’s BiblioLabs. A BiblioLabs product, Biblioboard, is a platform that seeks to bring (among other things) self-published works into the library ecosystem. I spoke recently with Hallie Rich, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s communications and external relations director, about the library’s pilot project with the platform.