OverDrive Expands eBook, Audiobook Distribution in the United Kingdom
Global digital distributor to present on EPUB eBooks in special session at London Book Fair
London, England – April 15, 2009 – Following the successful launch of eBook stores at popular retailers Waterstone’s and WHSmith, OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and more, is announcing new opportunities for publishers in the United Kingdom. Publishers offering EPUB eBooks in the UK through OverDrive include Random House, Hachette Livre, Harlequin Mills and Boon, Penguin, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, and other major publishers. OverDrive also recently signed an agreement with BBC Audiobooks to make digital audiobook titles available to libraries in the United Kingdom and other territories, complementing the thousands of audiobooks and eBooks already available to UK libraries.
Drawing on this successful entry into the UK market, OverDrive will participate in a seminar on digital reading and the industry standard EPUB eBook format at the London Book Fair. OverDrive CEO Steve Potash will join representatives from Sony, Penguin UK, and Waterstone’s for the Sony-sponsored seminar, “Introducing the Dedicated Digital Reading Device to the UK Consumer.” The session takes place on Monday, April 20, 2009 at Earls Court One, Level 1, Cromwell Room. For more information, visit http://www.londonbookfair.com/sonyseminar.
“OverDrive is making significant investments in the UK with more publishers distributing digital books to our channels and new retailers and libraries joining our global network,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “Along with the adoption of digital reading in the retail market, patrons at many UK libraries can now browse, check out and download eBooks and audiobooks from home with just a library card and Internet-connected computer.”
OverDrive is the world’s largest distributor of popular, best-selling in eBooks in both EPUB and PDF, as well as 150,000 other digital audiobook, music, and video titles. OverDrive provides download services for more than 8,500 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com. OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com), a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling North America to raise awareness about free library downloads.
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video to thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide. OverDrive provides digital download distribution for hundreds of publishers including Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and HarperCollins. Barnes & Noble, WH Smith, Waterstone’s, Borders, eFollett.com, Papyless, and many other retailers use OverDrive to supply their eRetail stores. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. www.overdrive.com
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