OverDrive Announces Exclusive Audio Production Arrangement with HarperCollins
Attendees at The London Book Fair can learn about sales opportunities through national and international digital book clubs, engaging young readers and more
LONDON – 6 April 2022 – OverDrive, the leading digital reading service for libraries and schools worldwide, announced today an audio production arrangement with HarperCollins that will expand the company’s industry-leading catalogue. Under the terms of the agreement, library patrons in the UK and Ireland will gain exclusive access to frontlist audiobook titles published in 2022 and 2023. Ginger and Me by Elissa Soave is the first title that OverDrive will release under this agreement later this year to use with the Libby reading app. A similar arrangement is in place for audiobooks exclusive to Australia and New Zealand.
“HarperCollins Publishers Australia and New Zealand is delighted to be partnering with OverDrive in bringing more of our great Australian books into audio, under our growing HarperAudio imprint,” said Jim Demetriou, Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Australia and New Zealand.
OverDrive is meeting with publishers at The London Book Fair from 5-7 April 2022 at Stand 2C78. The company’s UK-based international publisher account management team is presenting opportunities to engage with institutional sales channels in over 90 countries.
OverDrive supports community reading events through local, national and international library digital book clubs. In 2021, readers across the United Kingdom participated in the annual Together We Read: UK digital book club featuring Kasuo Ishiguru’s Klara and the Sun. This year’s Together We Read: UK is scheduled to take place from 6-20 October. Publishers are invited to submit a title for this event during the book fair.
The world’s largest digital book club, Big Library Read, is happening now (4-18 April) and connects readers all over the world through over 20,000 participating public libraries, including more than 3,000 UK libraries. As with all library digital book clubs, books and authors experience significant exposure when public library users with a valid library card browse, borrow the ebook or audiobook on the Libby app, and share their reactions with friends and other readers.
OverDrive has been serving UK libraries since 2005 and has a dedicated team based in the UK. In addition to serving libraries, an important priority for the company is to expand access to books and reading by continuing to develop programmes for younger readers and schools both in the UK and abroad. Publishers seeking to reach the next generation of readers can work with OverDrive to find creative ways of engaging with the younger, more digitally native audience of students. To that end, more publishers than ever are adopting book club-friendly models and volunteering titles for national and international reading schemes for libraries and schools as they recognise the benefits a committed lifelong library user brings to their business.
Learn more about how to sell your digital books to 76,000 libraries and schools in over 90 countries by visiting OverDrive at Stand 2C78 at The London Book Fair.
More information about OverDrive found here.
OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries with the industry’s largest digital catalogue of ebooks, audiobooks, video and other content. OverDrive’s commitment to empower every library and school includes expanding access for all, tireless industry advocacy and consistently innovating. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and TeachingBooks.net, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com
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