Always available Classics Collection and MP3 audiobooks compatible with iPod® included in download catalog


Cleveland, OH – November 12, 2008 – OverDrive (, a global distributor of digital audiobooks, eBooks, and more, today announced the addition of 1,000 Tantor Media ( audiobooks to its catalog of 150,000 digital titles. The new audiobook content includes hundreds of popular and best-selling audiobooks like “The White Tiger,” “Three Cups of Tea,” and “Body of Lies,” a collection of ‘always available’ titles for simultaneous download, and a collection of iPod®-compatible MP3 audiobooks. To find Tantor Media titles from your library, and to see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit

“With hundreds of thousands of new users every month, OverDrive’s time-tested library download platform is more popular than ever and, as a result, many of our publishing partners are eager to introduce new formats and distribution models,” said Karen Potash, lead collection development specialist for OverDrive. “Tantor Media’s new content offerings give libraries more options to provide a diverse collection of audiobook downloads to their users.”

“Creating an ‘always available’ classics collection and introducing the MP3 format are great ways to engage new readers in the growing library download marketplace,” said John Molish, vice president of sales and marketing for Tantor Media. “We’re excited to team with OverDrive as we look for new ways to share our world-class catalog with millions of library cardholders.”

Tantor Media’s digital catalog features popular and best-selling audiobook titles by Dick Morris, Jonah Goldberg, and T.J. English, which are one-copy/one-user (borrowed just like a print book) and compatible with Windows-based PCs and supported portable media players. Libraries can also provide users with access to 150 ‘always available’ audiobooks, including “Robinson Crusoe,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “The Wind in the Willows,” without wait lists or holds. The same collection of ‘always available’ titles is available in a separate one-copy/one-user MP3 collection, which is compatible with iPod® and virtually all MP3 players. Titles such as “White Fang,” “The Phoenix Unchained,” and “The Spirit of the Border” can be offered as simultaneous checkouts or in the MP3 format.

OverDrive powers download media catalogs at thousands of libraries worldwide, including institutions in New York, Singapore, Boston, and Toronto. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit


About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, retailers, and aggregators serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.

About Tantor Media
Tantor Media is a leading independent audiobook publisher of over 1,000 bestsellers and classics on unabridged audio. Tantor brings titles from all of the major publishing houses rapidly to market using its proprietary Audiobook Producer software developed specifically for the audiobook industry, award-winning narrators, and the company’s print-on-demand facility. Tantor’s newest product, Audio&eBook Classics, features a comparison eBook (pdf), which allows consumers to listen and read and is compatible with eReaders. The company has won numerous awards, including APA Audie Awards, AudioFile “Earphones”, Publisher Weekly “Listen-Up” Awards, and many Library Journal’s Best Picks. Tantor’s list includes National Book, Pulitzer and Edgar winners and The White Tiger, this year’s Man Booker Award winner. Founded in 2000, Tantor Media is headquartered in Old Saybrook, CT.

David Burleigh
OverDrive, Inc.
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