OverDrive Delivers Audiobooks, eBooks, and More for K-12 Schools
In-school product and expanded web-based service now available
San Antonio, TX – March 5, 2010 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, today announced improved access to the unique power of audiobooks, eBooks, and more for K-12 schools. AudioBook Classroom™ (www.audiobookclassroom.com) is now available, giving schools the ability to offer 1,001 assigned and recreational reading titles on any school computer for instant listening or transfer to an iPod® or other MP3 player. OverDrive has also expanded School Download Library® (www.schooldownloadlibrary.com), a web-based service with audiobooks, eBooks, and now music and video downloads for students’ personal computers and devices. OverDrive will demonstrate both digital book products at the 2010 ASCD Annual Conference (Booth #417) in San Antonio, TX, March 6-8.
AudioBook Classroom turns any computer connected to a school’s network into an instant listening, and learning station. The digital audiobook product gives all students simultaneous access to 1,001 popular and curriculum-based audiobook titles. Students can browse the collection on any school computer, listen to a title using the intuitive software interface, and transfer a title to their personal iPod or MP3 player in just a few clicks. Titles are available in 29 subjects from classic literature to popular fiction without waiting lists or holds.
With School Download Library, schools can also offer students 24/7 online access to a vast selection of popular and best-selling audiobook, eBook, music, and video titles on their personal computers. Students simply browse a custom-branded download website, check out a title with an existing ID or library card, and download a title to their personal computer. Borrowed digital titles can be read or listened to on a computer, or transferred to hundreds of compatible devices, including iPod, Zune®, and Sony® Reader™. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically check expires, so there’s never a late fee.
OverDrive provides download services for more than 10,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for PC, Mac, Sony Reader, nook™, BlackBerry®, 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.
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