April 25, 2013 -- Emeryville, CA. This week, Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ("III") and OverDrive, the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, agreed on plans for deep API integration of OverDrive services into III products, including Sierra and Encore Discovery Services Platform. Building on the success of the first round of OverDrive APIs, the coming API updates will include the ability to check out and place a hold on eBooks from a library's online catalog.
The plans with OverDrive also include an option to take the integration beyond digital and into the physical collection. In addition to providing an enhanced user experience through a library's online catalog, III and OverDrive will enable a seamless experience for OverDrive library partners in their collection portal, Content Reserve. Libraries will be able to see their physical and digital holdings side-by-side within Content Reserve so that collection development decisions can be based on physical holdings, circulation, and other criteria.
At the 2013 ALA Conference this summer, III and OverDrive plan to demonstrate III's integration of OverDrive's much anticipated 'Content API' which supports placing holds and checkouts on titles from a library's digital catalog. To support this, the companies will also collaborate on a 'Patron Authentication API' to ensure secure access to user accounts. The Content API release will follow soon after with a pilot available for partner libraries and approved vendors.
Included in the Content API will be direct access to both downloadable and browser-based (OverDrive Read) eBooks, as well as eBook samples in the OverDrive Read format. These will work the same way as the current Read and Download buttons do on OverDrive-powered Next Generation digital library collection websites, allowing users to directly read or download titles with integrated API calls.
"Innovative is actively seeking out partnerships like this one that will enhance integration and provide more seamless service to library users," said Kim Massana, Innovative's CEO. "I'm very pleased to be partnering with OverDrive on this important eBooks initiative and applaud them for making such a strong commitment to openness and integration with our core products."
Included in the Content API will be direct access to both downloadable and browser-based (OverDrive Read) eBooks, as well as eBook samples in the OverDrive Read format. These will work the same way as the current Read and Download buttons do on OverDrive-powered Next Generation digital library collection websites, allowing users to directly read or download titles with integrated API calls. You can read more about APIs on the OverDrive developer portal.
About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative Interfaces creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. Innovative's commitment to service is reflected by its 24/7/365 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.