OverDrive adds Pearson eText titles to leading digital library lending platform

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Latest edition instructional materials available for the first time for schools, colleges and public libraries CLEVELAND—March 13, 2014—OverDrive announced today that it will now offer more than 100 eText titles from Pearson to its worldwide network of K-12 schools, colleges and public libraries through a distribution agreement signed by the companies. The agreement will allow… Read more »

OverDrive acquires popular marketplace for K-12 educational materials

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TeachersNotebook.com provides teacher-created resources to more than 500,000 educators CLEVELAND—March 3, 2014—OverDrive announced today that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, a leading online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook.com enables teachers to not only browse free and low-cost instructional resources, but also to create their own “shop” where others may purchase their original… Read more »

Macmillan expands its eBook catalog to U.S. and Canadian schools

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More than 12,000 eBook titles now available for K-12 through the OverDrive platform CLEVELAND—February 26, 2014—OverDrive, the leading global platform for eBook lending in schools and libraries, announced today that Macmillan’s entire eBook catalog is now available for schools in the United States and Canada. Macmillan previously offered 640 eBooks to schools in the U.S…. Read more »

New award-winning titles and familiar access models now available to libraries with OverDrive Streaming Video

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Popular feature films, TV shows, documentaries and educational titles join the streaming video lending service for libraries and schools   CLEVELAND – January 23, 2014 – OverDrive, the leading distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, video and music for libraries and schools, today announced that several thousand TV shows and feature films have been added to its… Read more »

Readers Rate OverDrive Best eBook App for Libraries and Schools

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Top Performing App Outranks Competition With User Experience and Device Compatibility   CLEVELAND, OH–(Marketwired – Jan 22, 2014) – OverDrive announced today that their eBook and audiobook app is the highest-rated among its library competition as rated in app stores by tens of thousands of users. The OverDrive app enables users to discover, sample and… Read more »

OverDrive to demo enhanced eBooks at American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

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EPUB3 and HTML5 open standards enable interactive children’s and educational titles for reader engagement   CLEVELAND—JANUARY 21, 2014—As thousands of librarians convene in Philadelphia this weekend, OverDrive, the global leader in digital content for libraries and schools, will demonstrate interactive children’s eBooks with dozens of “app-like” features based on industry-standard EPUB3 and other formats. In… Read more »

Simon & Schuster and OverDrive in Pilot to Bring eBooks to Public Libraries

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Full catalog of Simon & Schuster eBook titles is now available to select libraries through OverDrive   NEW YORK and CLEVELAND – January 16, 2014 – Simon & Schuster, a global leader in general interest publishing, and OverDrive, the premier eBook distributor for libraries, today announced a pilot launch of the Simon & Schuster eBook… Read more »

Libraries Reach 102 Million Digital Checkouts During Record-Breaking 2013

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2014 to Feature Enhanced eBooks and New Technology to Further Drive Digital Reader Engagement   CLEVELAND, OH–January 14, 2014–OverDrive announced today that 2013 was a banner year for libraries and schools with record numbers in digital engagement. Available eBook and audiobook titles, website visitors, eBook discovery and digital checkouts all increased substantially over 2012. A… Read more »

Libraries exceed 1 million digital checkouts in 2013 through OverDrive collection

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CLEVELAND – December 23 – OverDrive, the leading eBook, audiobook, music and video distributor for schools and libraries, announced today that six standalone partner libraries have surpassed 1 million digital checkouts from their OverDrive collection in 2013. The libraries all experienced significant year-over-year growth in borrowed digital titles. The following libraries made the 2013 Million… Read more »

McGraw-Hill Professional teams with OverDrive to offer eBooks to public libraries and schools

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NEW YORK and CLEVELAND, Dec. 5, 2013 – McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global provider of print and electronic content and services for the business, education, technical and medical communities, and OverDrive, the world’s largest eBook, audiobook, music and video lending service for schools and libraries, announced today that McGraw-Hill Professional’s eBook catalog is now available for… Read more »

Schools adopt and integrate eBooks at an accelerating rate

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Student engagement skyrockets with OverDrive’s new features and design Cleveland, Ohio, November 14—eBooks are being used by millions of students in schools all over the world. Research and the latest data from OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and audiobooks to schools and libraries, shows that students are engaging more than ever with devices such… Read more »

OverDrive Media Stations engage eBook and audiobook readers inside the library

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Readers of all ages can’t keep their hands off eBook catalogs at library touchscreen stations Cleveland, Ohio, November 12—OverDrive announced today that its “inside the library” eBook, audiobook, music and video sampling and checkout terminal, OverDrive Media Station, is now broadly available. Launched as a pilot program earlier this year with 50 public library systems… Read more »

OverDrive debuts Streaming Video service to libraries and schools

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Cleveland, Ohio—November 20, 2013—OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video to libraries and schools, announced today that the Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library (http://lapl.lib.overdrive.com). The Streaming Video service is a convenient and exciting way to instantly borrow from your library and watch videos anytime, anywhere, on… Read more »

OverDrive reports record international expansion for 2013

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Global eBook distributor adds 500+ publishers, libraries, schools, booksellers to network Frankfurt, Germany, at the Frankfurter Buchmesse—October 8—Today at the Frankfurt Book Fair, OverDrive, the largest worldwide distributor of eBooks to libraries, schools and booksellers, released data revealing record growth in its international footprint. By adding thousands of non-English in-copyright titles, the company’s catalog has… Read more »

2013 National Book Festival to Feature Digital Bookmobile

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Interactive eBook exhibit brings National Tour to Washington’s National Mall Washington, D.C.—National Book Festival—September 20— At the 2013 National Book Festival this weekend (Sept. 21 and 22), eBooks will again be a featured part of the celebration. Millions of students and library patrons around the country are borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from libraries and schools,… Read more »

2nd Big Library Read Launches with Popular Children’s eBook

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Schools join Public Libraries to create global reading groups with eBook and eAudiobook Cleveland—September 18, 2013 – Today, more than 6,500 libraries and schools around the world are participating in the 2nd Big Library Read, a two-week program launched this week that enables millions of library patrons and students to simultaneously access and read a… Read more »

Softlink and OverDrive further plans for deep eContent integration

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Softlink and OverDrive have announced deep API integration of OverDrive services into Softlink’s leading knowledge, content and library management solutions for schools and special libraries. Softlink Chief Operating Officer Nathan Godfrey said Softlink was excited about extending the partnership with OverDrive, the global leader in eBook distribution, to provide innovations for the digital marketplace. The… Read more »

OverDrive to Demo eBook Station at BookExpo America

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Touchscreen display enables in-store browsing and buying of eBooks and MP3 audiobooks BookExpo America 2013, Javits Convention Center, New York, NY – May 28, 2013 – OverDrive, the world’s leading multichannel distributor of eBooks and MP3 audiobooks, today announced that it will demonstrate OverDrive Media Station at BookExpo America (BEA).  Designed to merchandise and sell… Read more »

Big Library Read eBook Event Rolls Out

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Thousands of Libraries Worldwide Participating in Pilot Program Cleveland, May 16, 2013 – Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected… Read more »

OverDrive Announces Availability of Hachette Book Group eBooks

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Bestselling Hachette Book Group titles will be available for library and school lending via OverDrive Cleveland—May 1, 2013—Hachette Book Group, one of the largest and most successful publishers in the world, will make its entire digital catalog of more than 5,000 eBooks available to libraries and schools via OverDrive. Beginning May 8, loyal readers at… Read more »

OverDrive Announces Opening of World Headquarters

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Global distributor of eBooks to libraries, schools & booksellers unveils Blue Sky Campus in Cleveland Cleveland—April 9, 2013—OverDrive, the leading distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, schools and booksellers, will celebrate the grand opening of its Blue Sky Campus and World Headquarters tomorrow with a special event for partners, vendors and members of the… Read more »

OverDrive Announces Library eBook Leaders for 2012

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Libraries in the U.S., Canada and Australia lead with campaigns for discovery of eBooks and authors Cleveland—March 13, 2013—Today OverDrive released data highlighting the libraries and schools within its worldwide network achieving the greatest growth and exposure for their eBook and audiobook catalogs. During 2012, hundreds of millions of online visitors turned to their libraries’… Read more »

Digital Bookmobile Kicks Off 2013 School and Library Tour

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Traveling exhibit showcases growing popularity of school and library eBooks and audiobooks (Los Angeles, Calif.)—February 6, 2013—The 2013 Digital Bookmobile North American Tour launches today at California’s Ventura County Library. Sponsored by OverDrive—the leading provider of eBook-lending platforms to schools and libraries—the Digital Bookmobile is beginning its sixth year of raising awareness for digital collections… Read more »

Reading on the Nintendo WiiU

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A post on the OverDrive blog yesterday reminded me that you don’t actually need an “app” to read ebooks anymore; there are any number of ways to read ebooks in web browsers (The Digital Reader). Read more »

Macmillan Launching Library eBook Pilot with OverDrive

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Bestselling Macmillan titles will be available for library lending via OverDrive (Cleveland, OH) – January 25, 2013 – Macmillan Publishers, one of the largest and best-known international publishing groups, announced today an agreement to make a collection of popular eBooks available to libraries via OverDrive before the end of the first quarter. Under the pilot… Read more »

OverDrive Announces Streaming Video and Audio Services for Libraries and Schools

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Digital distributor maximizing ease-of-use and compatibility for videos, audiobooks and music (Seattle, WA) – January 22, 2013 – Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at… Read more »

Public Libraries Power eBook Discovery to New Heights in 2012

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Readers turn to the digital library to discover, browse and sample eBooks and audiobooks (Cleveland, OH) – January 15, 2013 – Readers browsing eBook and audiobook collections at OverDrive-powered libraries and schools viewed 2.7 billion book and title catalog pages and generated 192 million registered visitor sessions last year. As more readers visit their library’s… Read more »

Public Libraries Generate Record eBook Traffic on Christmas

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Single-day eBook and audiobook-lending records shattered at OverDrive libraries (Cleveland, OH) – December 26, 2012 – Public libraries utilizing OverDrive’s Next Generation digital lending platform served a record number of eBook, audiobook, music and video titles to patrons on Christmas Day. The most dramatic growth occurred among users of iPad, Kindle Fire and Android devices…. Read more »

New OverDrive App Taps Power of Windows 8

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With OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8, readers can enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from libraries, schools and retailers around the world on devices including the Microsoft Surface. (Cleveland, OH) – November 19, 2012 – OverDrive’s newest app showcases the best aspects of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system and brings library eBooks to popular new devices… Read more »

New Findings Reaffirm Library Borrowers Are Also Buyers

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Survey of 75,000 patrons shows library e-book patrons purchase average of 3.2 books per month   (Cleveland, OH) – November 15, 2012 – An extensive online poll of library e-book readers finds that these patrons purchase an average of 3.2 books (both print and e-books) each month, and a majority would consider purchasing books discovered… Read more »

OverDrive Ranked 221st Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500™

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Leading eBook distributor positioned to meet surging demand for eBooks at libraries and schools with Next Generation platform (Cleveland, OH) – November 14, 2012 – OverDrive today announced it ranked 221 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America…. Read more »

OverDrive Adds General Manager of Education

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Education industry veteran Don Fabricant to guide digital distributor’s continued expansion in K-12 market (Cleveland, OH) – October 9, 2012 – As OverDrive brings its industry-leading eBook-lending platform to more schools in the United States and beyond, the digital distributor announced that it has hired an education-industry veteran to lead its rapidly growing K-12 eBook… Read more »

OverDrive App for NOOK® Makes Library eBook Borrowing Even Easier

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Highly anticipated release enables over-the-air eBook borrowing on NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™ (Cleveland, OH) – October 2, 2012 – OverDrive, the leading distributor of eBooks for libraries and schools, announced the release of the free OverDrive Media Console app for NOOK, making it even easier for users to borrow eBooks… Read more »

Browsing eBooks Grows Exponentially in Libraries and Schools

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Instant reading and sharing of OverDrive eBook “samples” drives discovery (Cleveland, OH) – September 24, 2012—Millions of eBook readers are turning to public and school libraries to browse for “what to read next.”  This is welcome news for libraries, schools, publishers and authors who are using highly-viewed library eBook catalogs as an effective new marketing… Read more »

Digital Bookmobile Brings School and Library eBooks to National Stage

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At National Book Festival, OverDrive’s 74-foot-long interactive exhibit shows readers how to join the growing trend of borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from libraries and schools (Washington, D.C.) – September 18, 2012—As the nation’s book lovers convene on the National Mall for the National Book Festival this weekend (Sept. 22 and 23), eBooks will again take… Read more »