Global distributor of eBooks and audiobooks delivers content to 10,000 libraries and retailers


Cleveland, OH – December 7, 2009 – OverDrive (, the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries, schools, and retailers, today announced that it has been named one of the 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry by EContent magazine ( The list, chosen by a jury of digital industry experts, included OverDrive after a year of tremendous growth for OverDrive’s global eBook and audiobook distribution services.

OverDrive distributes best-selling and new release digital book titles to 10,000 libraries and schools, as well as online retailers like,, Waterstone’s, and WHSmith. In August, OverDrive also announced a strategic marketing initiative with Sony® Reader™, making it even easier for Sony Reader owners to discover and enjoy EPUB and PDF eBooks from America’s public libraries. In the past year, OverDrive expanded distribution channel partners, signing digital service agreements with an additional 150 publishers and retailers around the globe.

“The EContent 100 jurors select companies that demonstrate continued leadership and innovation in delivering digital content to people when they need that content most,” said Michelle Manafy, editor-in-chief of EContent magazine. “OverDrive’s aggressive global expansion and its dedication to delivering audiobooks and eBooks in common formats to libraries and retailers made it an obvious choice for inclusion on this year’s list.”

“In 2009, OverDrive added iPod® compatibility for nearly all digital audiobooks in its catalog and introduced mobile and social enhancements to OverDrive-powered download websites,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “We strive to provide the millions of users who access content from OverDrive’s institutional and retail partners with the best download experience, so it’s gratifying to be recognized on EContent’s prestigious list.”

OverDrive hosts more than 400,000 digital titles in 42 languages and supplies materials to retailers and libraries on five continents. OverDrive provides digital download distribution for,,,, Waterstone’s (UK), WHSmith (UK), Papyless (Japan), (Netherlands), hundreds of college bookstores, and other online retailers. OverDrive also powers download websites at thousands of libraries worldwide, including institutions in the US, the UK, Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Turkey.

To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (, a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling North America on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads.


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, and retailers serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.

David Burleigh
OverDrive, Inc.
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