Thousands of K-12 schools engage students on tablets, smartphones and eReaders


ChicagoAssn. for Supervision and Curriculum Dvlpmt. (ASCD) Conference—March 15, 2013—Schools across the United States and worldwide are reaping the benefits of lending eBooks and audiobooks, with usage taking off in school libraries, media centers and classrooms. OverDrive, a leading supplier of school eBooks and audiobooks to public libraries and schools, supports reading programs and literacy campaigns in more than 3,500 schools for millions of students worldwide. OverDrive will showcase its eBook service at the American Society of Curriculum Developers (ASCD) Conference (Booth 629) in Chicago, March 16-18.

OverDrive supplements existing school library collections with digital content available to students anytime, anywhere, on all major eReading devices, computers, tablets and smartphones, including iPad and Kindle (U.S. only). The OverDrive children’s and young adult catalog encompasses more than 350,000 popular and educational titles—including the Harry Potter series—from publishers like Lerner Publishing Group, Capstone Press, ABDO, Disney Digital Books, Encyclopedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, Saddleback Educational Publishing, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ABC-CLIO, Evan-Moor, Marshall Cavendish and Random House. Currently, OverDrive supplies schools in 41 states and 20 countries.

OverDrive-supplied eBooks and audiobooks help educators reach students on devices with which they’re already familiar, engaging young readers and contributing to improvements in literacy. OverDrive is compatible with one-to-one laptop and tablet programs as well as student-owned devices. Schools create custom collections of popular and educational eBooks to lend to students in a publisher-supported model. To learn more about OverDrive’s school eBook platform and discover best practices for digital success, visit the OverDrive blog.

Building on the success of the eBook platform in place at more than 19,000 public libraries, OverDrive’s Next Generation service enhancements have increased the value for libraries and schools during the 2012-’13 school year. The browser-based eReading experience OverDrive Read™ gives readers instant access to eBooks, both online and offline without downloads. Later this year, school librarians and selectors will find powerful tools in the all-new Content Reserve collection development portal, which will integrate Lexile scores, Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader program, and the Fountas & Pinnell assessment system.

OverDrive supplies eBooks and more to 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including Kindle® (U.S. only). To find a library near you, visit


About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a custom lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland.

David Burleigh
OverDrive, Inc.
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