Schools across the U.S. and Canada partner with OverDrive to deliver eBooks available 24/7, anywhere


CLEVELAND — May 23, 2016 – Summer is approaching, and a break from school shouldn’t be an excuse to take a break from learning. More than 1,700 schools in all 50 U.S. states and six provinces in Canada have partnered with OverDrive for a unique summer reading program to help students improve their language skills while having fun in the sun – because it’s a digital program. For the month of June, these schools will offer the OverDrive Summer Read program in which students can borrow and read from a collection of popular, interactive Juvenile Fiction and award-winning Young Adult eBooks.

Access to the Summer Read collection – unlike the school buildings – is 24/7, on virtually any device including Chromebook, iPad and Kindle (US only), with a valid student ID. Schools in the U.S. and Canada that utilize the OverDrive platform during the school year for eBooks and audiobooks are eligible to participate.

“A large part of summer break ends up being spent in the car on vacations or traveling around doing errands,” said Christina Samek, Summer Read project coordinator, OverDrive Education. “OverDrive’s Summer Read program gives kids digital access to take the books with them anytime and anywhere. From Read-Along books for younger readers to mystery and suspense for the teen or young adult, summer is the perfect opportunity to help all students continue the joys of reading.”

OverDrive’s Summer Read program includes a Juvenile collection of eBooks that will introduce younger readers to siblings with super powers in Justice and Her Brothers, an outcast alien in Tales of an Alien InvaderThe Perfect Summer where a group of kids are having the summer of their lives and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Green vs. Mean Read-Along. The Young Adult collection provides great reads for middle and high school students. They’ll get swept up in a ghostly mystery in Paranormal Properties, get introduced to the Spy Goddess Series and encounter a streetwise smart-aleck just trying to fit in, survive a world on fire with The New Wild and search for answers with a teenage secret agent, They Call Me Alexandra Gastone.

Parents can help keep children’s minds active while they’re away from the classroom. The Summer Read program eBooks are enabled by OverDrive’s industry-leading technology and are easily accessible via the industry’s highest-rated app and on all major eReading devices, computers, tablets and smartphones, including iPad®, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only). The Summer Read program is a month-long program that is being provided for free to participating schools through the generosity of participating publishers, Nickelodeon Publishing, Open Road Media, Full Fathom Five Digital, Pants on Fire Press and Brown Girls Publishing. Students can borrow any of the books in the collection with unlimited access during the program.

To get started reading visit your school’s OverDrive digital library.


About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 34,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. We support all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive delivers all digital media on a single platform, and offers innovations such as OverDrive Read, the breakthrough EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, and Read-Along eBooks. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and is owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. For more information, visit or follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and our blog.


David Burleigh

Director of Marketing & Communications

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