Digital Book Clubs

About OverDrive’s Book Club model

OverDrive offers flexible access models in the digital format to support reading programs such as city-wide book clubs like City Read and One Book, One Community. Many libraries have hosted successful digital book clubs, engaging thousands of new and existing library users through organized group discussions, author events, and more.

The Book Club model offers libraries the choice of Simultaneous Use, a flat fee for a title that can be accessed at any time by an unlimited number of readers; or a Per-Unit bulk discount for multiple copies at a reduced rate. Special sale pricing meets the needs of library budgets and puts authors’ works in the hands of more readers.



For a flat fee and set period, the title can be accessed by an entire community at anytime


Multiple units can be purchased at a reduced price


Getting Started

When you’re ready to get started, please provide OverDrive with the following information, and we’ll approach publishers on your behalf to negotiate the terms for the title of your choice.

  • Name of program (e.g., City Read, One Book, One Community, etc.)
  • Program dates
  • Estimated number of copies you will need or preference for simultaneous use permission
  • Estimated number of checkouts
  • Budget for the program
  • Planned marketing activities
  • Additional events or assets (e.g., author appearance, website, etc.)

How OverDrive promotes your program

Once the program has been approved by the publisher, OverDrive will add the title to your digital collection.
In addition to being fully discoverable in your collection,

  • we will prominently display the title on your website and add custom messaging about the program;
  • we can curate a custom collection for your website featuring read-alike titles to further engage readers; and
  • we can create customized web and print marketing materials to help you promote the program in your library and around your community.

What your library can do to get the word out

Additional ways to get the word out include:

  • Social media mention
  • Press release to local media
  • Banner inside the library and at kiosks throughout the community
  • Flyers inside & outside the library

Have any questions or need to speak with a representative?