Trend of downloading accelerating;  White Paper comparing library services now available


Cleveland, OH – March 8, 2007 – OverDrive, a leading provider of digital media services, announced today that it has surpassed 1 million users of OverDrive download audio books, eBooks, music, and videos.  This milestone was reached as result of patrons and students from over 5,000 libraries, schools, and institutions downloading titles using OverDrive services.   Users can locate libraries or schools in their region offering free download materials at OverDrive’s Digital Media Locator at

To evaluate and report on this rapid adoption of download media from the library, OverDrive commissioned Tom Peters, noted library technology consultant.  His white paper, “Evaluating the Download Digital Media Services for Libraries,” analyzes success factors for digital media collections and download services in the library.  To download the executive summary and full report, please visit

“Exceeding one million users of download audiobooks in just over 2 years is a result of innovative leadership provided by thousands of public librarians across the nation,” said Steve Potash, OverDrive President and CEO.  “OverDrive is proud to develop new systems with our library partners to extend their websites and online catalogs to connect with their readers seeking popular fiction, self-help, business, and children’s titles in digital and mobile formats.”

With more than 500 publishers and suppliers of audio books, eBooks, music and video, OverDrive provides its network of libraries, school, and institutions with access to over 75,000 titles in various digital formats.  Leading suppliers of award-winning titles, authors, and audio book narrators include HarperCollins, Brilliance Audio, Blackstone Audiobooks, Random House Audio, BBC Audiobooks, Hachette Book Group, McGraw-Hill and hundreds of others.

To see if your library is a member of OverDrive’s network, and to find titles of eBooks, audio books, music and videos available from public libraries, go to


About OverDrive, Inc.

OverDrive is a leader in providing world-class infrastructure for downloading premium digital content.  We deliver secure management, protection and download services for hundreds of publishers and institutions (rights holders) and thousands of libraries, retailers and distributors serving millions of end users.  With a global catalog of premium digital titles – including current best sellers – of eBooks, audio books, music, video and (coming soon) games & interactive software presentable in a single platform, OverDrive offers the industry’s best selection as well as the option to manage, protect and download proprietary content.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.


David Burleigh

OverDrive, Inc.

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