National Geographic, Sesame Street, BBC Active videos plus thousands of Spanish, Italian, German and French eBooks added to school and library lending service


Cleveland, OH USA – June 17, 2014 – OverDrive, the leading digital media platform for readers to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, music and streaming video from their local library, today announced dozens of new digital supplier agreements. With a growing catalog of more than 10,000 streaming videos, OverDrive recently added well-known programs from National Geographic, Sesame Street, and BBC Active (a Pearson company).

OverDrive also announced agreements covering more than 30,000 new eBook titles for library and school lending from European publishers and aggregators including RCS Group (Italian), Primento (Spanish), Libranda (Spanish), Zebralution (German), and DeMarque (French). These catalogs will be available in open industry standard EPUB format using OverDrive Read, OverDrive apps, and supported eReaders.

“Streaming video is the fastest-growing category of digital titles you can now access from your local library,” said Alexis Petric-Black, OverDrive’s manager of publisher account services. “The OverDrive collection of Hollywood feature films, documentaries, self-help and beloved children’s titles permit the public library to offer a first-stop destination for what to watch online.”

Recently added streaming video titles include the iconic, widely popular Sesame Street series, National Geographic’s Amazing Planet, Secrets of Yellowstone, and Stonehenge Decoded, plus about 1,000 educational and engaging titles from BBC Active. OverDrive is the only school and library digital supplier to seamlessly integrate streaming video with library and school eBook, audiobook and music catalogs, helping libraries create a single digital media destination for their communities. To search for streaming video titles and to locate your library, please visit

Renowned international publishers and aggregators recently added to the OverDrive network include RCS Group (5,000 Italian titles), Libranda (12,000 Spanish titles), Zebralution (2,000 German titles), DeMarque (8,000 French titles), and Primento (1,500 French titles). Imprints under RCS Group include Adelphi, Bompiani, BUR, Marsilio, and Rizzoli, with authors such as Umberto Eco, Oriana Fallaci, Dacia Mariani, and Papa Francesco (the Catholic Pope). Zebralution brings works in the German language from authors such as Timur Vermes, Phillip Müller, Dan Brown and Ken Follet.

With 2 million digital titles available for libraries to develop their lending catalogs from OverDrive’s Marketplace, the new suppliers offer a variety of content access models that schools and libraries can utilize to meet the needs of their users. These include simultaneous use plans, classroom sets, one copy/one user, and metered access under terms and pricing set by publishers and suppliers.


About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading global digital distribution platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, music and streaming video to 30,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. We support all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive offers all digital media on a single platform, and offers APIs to streamline a seamless user experience. We also offer in-library touchscreen stations for browsing and instant sampling of eBooks or audiobooks, and OverDrive Read, the EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, among other world-class products and services. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA.


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