OverDrive adds more than 6,500 best-selling, new release downloads to its collection


Cleveland, OH – March 25, 2008 – Public libraries can now offer eBooks by best-selling authors such as Barack Obama, Dean Koontz, and Christopher Paolini to their patrons. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading digital book distributor to public libraries, has arranged to offer Random House, Inc. titles in both Adobe PDF and Mobipocket PRC formats to its network of library partners. In this non-exclusive agreement, more than 6,500 Random House eBooks have been added to OverDrive’s e-warehouse, supplementing OverDrive’s collection of more than 100,000 eBook, audiobook, music and video titles. Libraries can add Random House eBooks to their OverDrive-powered collection by logging into OverDrive’s collection development portal at http://www.contentreserve.com.

“We are thrilled to team with Random House to offer one of the largest catalogs of best-selling eBooks in the public library market,” said Erica Lazzaro, OverDrive Senior Licensing Counsel. “Random House’s enormous stable of celebrated authors and popular titles are sure to attract more patrons to libraries’ digital download collections.”

“We look forward to working with OverDrive in bringing our fabulous titles to the library market through OverDrive’s innovative download service for libraries,” said Marcia Purcell, Vice President, Adult Library and Academic Marketing. “We see this as another opportunity for library patrons.”

Works by best-selling authors such as Cormac McCarthy, Luanne Rice, Tami Hoag and Mitch Albom, as well as genre icons like Louis L’Amour, are now available to libraries as eBooks through the new Random House collection.  Current best sellers such as Charles Bock’s “Beautiful Children,” Steven Waldman’s “Founding Faith” and Anne Rice’s “Christ the Lord” are also available, as are hundreds of popular children’s titles like “Eragon” and “Eldest.” New release titles from Random House will be added to the collection each month.

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 www.overdrive.com/search.


About Random House, Inc.
Random House, Inc. (www.randomhouse.com), the U.S. division of Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is home to many of the world’s foremost and most popular authors of adult and children’s books. Random House has more than 120 publishing imprints in the U.S. and Canada, which publish books in hardcover, trade and mass market paperback, audio, electronic, digital, and other emerging formats. More than fifty Random House authors have been awarded Nobel Prizes and the company’s books have won numerous Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, Newbery honors, and other major literary recognitions. Since 1998, Random House has placed more than 1,500 of their titles on the New York Times weekly national bestseller lists from their U.S. publishing divisions, which include the Bantam Dell, Doubleday Broadway, Crown, Alfred A. Knopf, Random House Adult Publishing Groups and Random House Children’s Books.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor and technology supplier of eBooks, audio books, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and institutions (rights holders) and thousands of libraries, schools, retailers, and aggregators serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH. www.overdrive.com


David Burleigh

OverDrive, Inc.

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