RBdigital Acquisition

OverDrive has acquired the RBdigital platform!

We are excited to announce that OverDrive has acquired the assets of RBmedia’s library business, including the RBdigital platform in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Please note, there will be no change to RBmedia’s market-leading publishing businesses which will continue to supply their titles to libraries and direct-to-consumer services worldwide. These brands include Recorded Books, Tantor Media, HighBridge, Kalorama Audio, ChristianAudio, Gildan Media, GraphicAudio, W.F. Howes in the United Kingdom, and Wavesound in Australia.

Background

Many libraries have told us that they would benefit from having Recorded Books, WF Howes, Wavesound and other RBmedia content broadly available on the OverDrive platform and would welcome a reduction in the effort required to manage collection development and patron support on their digital platforms. With these goals in mind, all RBdigital customers will be migrated to the OverDrive platform which will be enhanced to deliver additional Recorded Books audiobooks. Moreover, OverDrive will be exploring the addition of popular RBdigital services like digital magazines from ZINIO to the OverDrive platform. After the customer and patron migration is complete, the RBdigital platform will be discontinued.

What’s next

There will be a transition period as we work to complete this migration work. We are committed to working closely with you during this period, and we will be reaching out to all customers and partners to discuss the specific details of their migration plans.

Welcome Recorded Books Sale

OverDrive and Recorded Books are excited about our expanded and new partnerships and are celebrating with a sale! Between now and Nov. 15, 2020, you can save 15% on all Recorded Books audiobooks. This is an exclusive sale that is only applicable to sales made on the RBdigital platform and OverDrive’s Marketplace.

For more information

Please contact your account team with any questions.