A podcast for book lovers,
by book lovers

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A podcast for book lovers,
by book lovers

Listen now

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Who we are

We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds® (PBN) who work at OverDrive, the industry-leading app for eBooks and audiobooks through your local library and school. With over a half million downloads, readers and librarians turn to the PBN team for weekly expert book recommendations, author interviews and all things books.

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Meet the nerds

Adam Sockel

Adam Sockel is one half of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. He’s been working at OverDrive since 2010 where he’s responsible for helping new users discover OverDrive around the world and manages the OverDrive library blog.

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Jill Grunewald

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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What people are saying

“I love this podcast. They are thoughtful about the books they talk about, interview great authors, and give great recommendations!”

-Dawnrrice, iTunes user

“Their recommendations are fabulous and the author interviews are wonderful. there are many books I have read and enjoyed thanks to the Professional Book Nerds. And that is the best name ever. Can we get stickers or t-shirts?”

-Citrus Sunshine, iTunes user

“I visited the podcast twice this year, and it was an absolute joy both times. The questions are wonderful, the book nerdery is great, and it also happens to be a fantastic way to get the word out!”

-Marieke Nijkamp, author of This Is Where It Ends

“The PBN’s enthusiasm for literature comes through in insightful, well researched questions and their lively repartee with the authors”

-Margaret Coffee, National Accounts Manager

“I’m always looking for my next book. Friends’ recommendations are great but tend to stay in their categories. This podcast delivers a lot of options in a lot of categories I would never have been exposed to.”

-Karen, Professional Book Nerds fan

“Perfect podcast for anyone looking for what books to checkout next.”

-#LibraryLover🔥, iTunes user


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Recent news


Jill sits down with @iSmashFizzle about their exceptional new memoir, SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER!

They discuss journaling, thinking about their mothers, and so much more.

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/interview-with-ashley-c-ford-author-of-somebodys-daughter/


We’re getting into the #Olympics spirit with some great stories about participating athletes past and present.

✨Find the stories at your local library: https://www.overdrive.com/collections/647544/olympic-reads

Good morning, Nerds. We hope your Saturday is filled with good books. If you're up early, try borrowing an ebook or audiobook from your library on the @LibbyApp. It's always "open".

Today's episode tackles the "Read a book by past PBN guest" task. We've had 300+ authors on the show. This one shouldn't be too tough. 🤓

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/books-by-past-professional-book-nerds-authors-for-the-pbnread2021-challenge/

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