OverDrive service supports digital audiobooks for iPod® and other Apple® devices


Cleveland, OH – November 19, 2008 – OverDrive Media Console for Mac, the free software for playing and organizing digital audiobooks from public libraries, is now available for download at http://overdrive.com/software/omc. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of digital audiobooks, eBooks, and other media, introduced the software today. With this free software, Mac users can download audiobooks in the MP3 format from an OverDrive partner library’s download website and transfer titles to Apple® devices including iPod® Classic, iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPhone™. OverDrive Media Console for Mac also provides the same superior listening features of the popular Windows version, which is installed on millions of computers worldwide.

For a national directory of libraries offering iPod-compatible audiobook downloads, visit http://search.overdrive.com. Mac users can also purchase MP3 audiobook downloads from online stores such as Borders.com (http://audiobooks.borders.com) and WHSmith Online (http://ebooks.whsmith.co.uk).

“Millions of audiobook listeners around the globe are taking advantage of the great selection and ease of use provided through OverDrive’s audiobook download services,” said David Burleigh, Director of Marketing for OverDrive. “We’re proud to be the leading library download service that supports both PC and Mac users, and will continue to expand features and services for our partners and their customers.”

“Denver Public Library has had great success offering digital audiobooks, eBooks, and other media thanks to our partnership with OverDrive, and now our Mac customers can enjoy the many benefits of using our service,” said Michelle Jeske, Manager of Web Information Services and Community Technology Center at Denver Public Library. “Customers with Macs have requested access to our growing digital catalog since we launched the service, and now they too have anytime, anywhere access to audiobook downloads.”

Like the highly successful Windows version, OverDrive Media Console for Mac is designed with superior audiobook listening features. Readers can listen to audiobook downloads on their computer, transfer files to Apple devices, or burn audiobooks to CD within the software. Users can also navigate and download audiobook parts using integrated MediaMarkers, jump back 15 seconds, and create custom bookmarks. In addition, OverDrive Media Console for Mac helps users organize their download audiobooks by author, title, or subject. At the end of the lending period, files automatically expire and the software prompts the user to delete the audiobook title from his or her computer.

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 http://search.overdrive.com.


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. www.overdrive.com

David Burleigh
OverDrive, Inc.
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