Have you noticed that there are a LOT more ebooks available through OverDrive recently? We hope so! Due to a generous award from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, we were able to take advantage of the recent decision by three major publishers — Penguin, Hachette and Macmillan — to make their ebooks available to public libraries. Here’s a smattering of the 19,000 titles – new releases and perennial favorites — for your digital reading pleasure.
More than 10,000 fiction titles are newly available, including the hot titles The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. For those of you looking to spend some time with your favorite characters, you can now hang out with bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, private investigator Kinsey Milhone, homicide detective Harry Bosch, psychologist Alex Cross and sci-fi hero Ender Wiggin. And for the first time, you can read Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series on your device.
Nearly 5,000 nonfiction titles were added to OverDrive. For the first time, you can digitally read Augusten Burroughs, Atul Gawande, Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas Friedman and Bill O’Reilly. If you’ve been to dinner parties but have been unable to discuss insights from Nickel and Dimed or The World Is Flat, now is your chance. We also have access to recent bestsellers that we wouldn’t otherwise been able to access, including The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
The children’s ebook collection has grown by just over 1,000 titles, and among the new crop of ebooks are timeless classics, including two series from Madeleine L’engle: Time Quintet Series (including Newbery winner A Wrinkle In Time) and the Austin Family Chronicles. Also check out Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Pryadin series (which concludes with another Newbery winner, The High King). Recent favorites include Jack Gantos’ Joey Pigza series and another Newbery winner, Dead End in Norvelt. Finally, there are more than a hundred visual nonfiction titles from the eye-popping DK Eyewitness series.
Finally, nearly a thousand teen titles were added. Since movie adaptations of teen books are all the rage these days, you can now read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series before they hit the big screen this spring. Ally Condie’s dystopian Matched trilogy and Marie Lu’s Legend series is also newly available in digital format. If you’ve already read those and are looking for a new series, start with Etiquette & Espionage, the first in the Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger or The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey.
The growth of SPL’s selection of ebooks represents both our investment in Seattle’s ongoing passion for reading as well as our commitment to work with a rapidly changing publishing environment. Happy reading!