In this episode, Chrissy and Steph sit down with Adam Sockel and Jill Grunenwald from Overdrive. They give us the low-down on all things Overdrive: what their roles are within the company, what is their favourite part about working at Overdrive, and share ways authors can reach librarians and library readers. They also talk about their own podcast, Professional Book Nerds, and gives us some great recommendations to add to your summer reading list.

  • Adam and Jill explain their roles within Overdrive and how Kobo Writing Life authors can upload their titles to Overdrive.
  • Adam discusses social media and the ways authors can create awareness for their books and get the attention of libraries.
  • Jill talks about community and the importance of authors engaging with other authors and the reading community online.
  • Library budgets and buying are on-going and depend on each library and since its on-going libraries are constantly buying new content.
  • Adam and Jill talk about their podcast Professional Book Nerds which releases new episodes every Monday and Thursday.
  • And more!


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Book Recommendations

 Adam’s Picks

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


Jill’s Picks

Jill’s Book: Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald

School for Psychics by K. C. Archer

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home


The Professional Book Nerds Podcast






Adam Sockel is a Marketing & Communications Specialist with OverDrive. He manages their consumer marketing efforts as well as their blog. He is one half of the Professional Book Nerds podcast.


Jill Grunenwald is the creator and other half of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast and loves talking about books almost as much as she loves reading them. She joined OverDrive in 2015 as a Collection Development Analyst, helping libraries select and purchase content for their users.




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