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The History of OverDrive!

OverDrive has worked exclusively with digital content since 1986. As an early leader in the industry, we began developing interactive diskette and CD-ROM products in the 1980s. As technology progressed, so did we. We moved from providing digital media in physical formats to providing digital media downloaded—and now also in browsers, without downloading—all through the Internet.

In 2000, we launched our digital marketplace, Content Reserve (now OverDrive Marketplace), which now contains millions of titles from more than 5,000 publishers. In 2003, we launched our download service for libraries, which provides eBook, audiobook, and other digital content to millions of library users. Today, OverDrive works with more than 38,000 libraries, schools, retailers, OEMs, and publishers, providing the infrastructure for managing, protecting, and distributing digital content.

View Yearly Milestones

Year Partners Checkouts
2010 12,000 15 million
2011 15,000 35 million
2012 19,000 70 million
2013 27,000 102 million
2014 30,000 137 million
2015 33,000 169 million
2016 36,000 in 63 countries 196 million