OverDrive Expands Download Video Catalog for Libraries
New supplier agreements signed with Rooftop Comedy, IFC, Sundance Channel, Film Movement, and more
(Boston, MA) – American Library Association Midwinter – January 15, 2010 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, today announced that it has expanded its download video catalog to more than 10,000 titles from top suppliers including PBS, Starz, HDNet, and Magnolia Pictures. In addition, new download video content will be added throughout 2010 as a result of recent agreements with Digital 1 to 1, Diva Video Access AG, Film Movement, Films Media Group, Independent Film Channel (IFC), Rooftop Comedy, Sundance Channel, and more than a dozen other suppliers. OverDrive will showcase its expanded download video collection, as well as its catalog of digital audiobook, eBook, and music downloads for public libraries, at ALA Midwinter (booth #2446) in Boston, January 15-18, 2010.
“Libraries can reach new patrons by enabling 24/7 access to video downloads on the same ‘Virtual Branch’ download website that many patrons already use to access eBooks and audiobooks,” said Karen Potash, lead collection development specialist for OverDrive. “Video downloads are available in virtually any subject and include narrative features, documentaries, how-to videos, children’s programs, foreign films, and many more.”
Like audiobook and eBook downloads from the library, download video can be accessed 24/7 on a personal computer at home or anywhere a library user has an Internet connection. Users can watch the video on their computer using the OverDrive® Media Console™ for Windows® software or transfer an optimized mobile version to devices from Creative®, Sandisk®, and other device makers. Users can also wirelessly download video titles from a library’s mobile website to their Windows Mobile® Smartphones with OverDrive’s Windows Mobile app.
OverDrive provides download services for more than 10,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for PC, Mac®, Sony® Reader™, nook™, and Android™, as well as the largest collection of iPod®-compatible audiobooks for libraries. 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 on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads. You can follow the Digital Bookmobile’s national tour on Twitter (http://twitter.com/digibookmobile) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/digitalbookmobile).
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. www.overdrive.com