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Overdrive Launches New Library Websites and App

Overdrive announced today that it has launched new digital library websites and a new app. The ebook and audiobook prover, which is used by more than 90 percent of U.S. libraries, updated its service with enhanced security, a simplified borrowing process and improved discoverability. With Overdrive’s improved technology, users will have...

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OverDrive to Donate Popular Ebooks to 1,000 Elementary Schools

Digital reading platform Overdrive announced today that it is donating a collection of hundreds of popular ebooks to up to 1,000 elementary schools. The initiative is part of Overdrive’s marking its 30th anniversary. School officials can click here to apply to receive the donation for their school through the end of...

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Borrowing Trouble? Selling Digitally-Published Books to Libraries

An author wants as many people to read her books as possible. But if you’re only published digitally, it can be difficult for people to find you—much less spend the money to read you—if they don’t already know what they’re looking for. Libraries are one place that people can find authors...

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Today Is International Read an Ebook Day

Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16. Throughout the day, readers have a chance to win a tablet by sharing what they’re reading, pictures...

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Overdrive’s Platform Sees ‘Record Number’ of Students

Overdrive announced today that “a record number” of K-12 students are reading digital books on the provider’s platform. In the last school year, approximately 6 million students had access to Overdrive’s collection of ebooks and audiobooks, and the number of digital books borrowed through the platform increased nearly 60 percent. Full...

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Overdrive Helping Librarians Reach New Readers

Overdrive announced today that at the American Library Association’s annual conference, the ebook and audiobook provider will be updating the industry on its latest news, including a new app, new merchandising tools and new suppliers. Full press release below: OverDrive’s Innovative Digital Resources Help Librarians Reach New Readers Powerful curation options...

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SYNC Program for Teens Offers Free Weekly Audiobooks

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens is an annual summer program that gives away free audiobook downloads. Now in its seventh year, SYNC offers two free audiobooks aimed at teens every week of the summer. The titles are curated weekly thematic pairings of award-winning teen-focused titles and classics. The program is sponsored by...

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Overdrive Introduces Summer Reading Program for Schools

Overdrive announced today that it has partnered with more than 1,700 schools throughout the US and Canada for a summer reading program in June. Through the program, students will be able to borrow from a collection of popular ebooks 24/7 on “virtually any device.” Full press release below: OverDrive Summer Read Program...

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Overdrive Adds Titles from DC Comics

Overdrive announced yesterday that it has added more than 150 comics and graphic novels from DC Comics to its catalog. Public library and school systems in the United States and Canada now have access to titles such as Batman: The Killing Joke, Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, The Sandman Vol. 1:...

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OverDrive Adds 500 New Publishers to Global Ebook Catalog

[Press Release] OverDrive adds 500 new publishers to global eBook catalog for schools and libraries Enhanced eBooks using EPUB3 and HTML5 enable publishers to grow sales LONDON — April 11, 2016 – OverDrive, the industry-leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, continues to expand internationally as...

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Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools

[Press Release] ASCD and OverDrive Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools and Districts eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks use in the classroom on the rise with more teachers planning on using the digital content for curriculum use CLEVELAND — April 1, 2016 – Digital content use in schools...

How the Open eBooks Program Is Helping Low-Income Youth

How the Open eBooks Program Is Helping Low-Income Youth

Last April, President Barack Obama announced a non-governmental ebooks program called Open eBooks, an app that gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles. Part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative that aims to jumpstart learning technology in K-12 schools, the program is for any educator, student or administrator from one...

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OverDrive Launches K-5 QuickStart to Promote Youth Reading

[Press Release] OverDrive Launches QuickStart eBook Collection to Promote Reading in Elementary Schools Teacher-recommended titles with simultaneous access for K-5 students in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline CLEVELAND — March 14, 2016 – OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become...

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Audiobook Leaders Discuss Discoverability and Audible

Audiobooks have been growing at a fast rate. Libraries have seen an increase in downloads and Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said that sales have gone up by 40 percent through the first nine months of 2015. At Digital Book World 2016, a panel including Troy Juliar of Recorded Books,...

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Overdrive Partners with Nord Compo and Book Buddy

[Press Release] OVERDRIVE ESTABLISHES NORD COMPO AND BOOK BUDDY AS PREFERRED PARTNER FOR PRODUCTION OF POPULAR READ-ALONG EBOOKS NEW YORK — February 17, 2016 — OverDrive, the industry’s leading supplier of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, has signed an agreement with French technology company Nord Compo, a leader in...

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Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was...

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Seven Reasons Schools Use Digital Audiobooks with Students

[Press Release] Seven reasons why schools are using digital audiobooks with students every day CLEVELAND, December 3, 2015 – These days, technology and classroom are two words that go hand in hand. More schools and educators have an increased focus on engaging students by leveraging eBook and audiobook technology to support...

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Read-Along Ebooks Growing in Popularity at Local Libraries

Ebook distributor OverDrive has released a list of its most borrowed Read-Along ebooks for the month of September from libraries across the nation, as well as suggested Halloween titles. Read-Along ebooks are synchronized audio and text, and were introduced to libraries last year, experiencing immediate popularity with a 22-percent increase in...

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Overdrive Adds More Than 300,000 Titles

[Press Release] More than 300,000 digital titles added to industry-leading global eBook catalog Top publishers and authors from more than a dozen countries join the OverDrive catalog FRANKFURT, October 13, 2015 – As the world’s authors and publishers convene in Frankfurt, Germany for the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, leading digital content...

Millions of Students Using Ebooks as Learning Tool in Schools

[Press Release] Millions of Students Using eBooks as Learning Tool in Schools CLEVELAND, September 17, 2015 – OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, announced that nearly 13,000 schools and districts representing more than five million students from 41 countries have access to digital books this school year. Over...

International Read an Ebook Day Set for September 18

[Press Release] International Read an eBook Day set for September 18 CLEVELAND, September 16, 2015 – International Read an eBook Day, an annual celebration to raise awareness for digital reading, is coming on Friday, September 18. As with most other aspects of our lives, the ways in which we read books...

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Invites in Developers

A month after acquiring Scholastic’s ed-tech business for $575 million, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pushes ahead in the space by launching a web portal for developers. Through the portal, external designers and developers can access the company’s application programming interfaces, or APIs, allowing them to build new products and solutions inside the...

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Rakuten Buys OverDrive

The company that Kobo’s former head once called the “Amazon of Japan” significantly enlarges its ebook business by scooping up OverDrive in a $410 million deal announced yesterday. Acquiring the library distributor is Rakuten’s latest major push into the digital content space, one of three key growth areas the Japan-based company...

Rakuten to Acquire OverDrive

The Japan-based parent company of ebook retailer Kobo announces it will acquire OverDrive in a $410 million cash deal with Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority shareholder since 2010. A leading distributor of digital content in the library market, OverDrive “will take advantage of the global reach, scale and technologies throughout Rakuten’s portfolio,” according to a press release...

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Amazon Counts Year-End Gains

Amazon adds 10 million new Prime members and says device sales grew by leaps and bounds this holiday season, assessing authors' Kindle Unlimited qualms, Kobo aims to upsell erstwhile Sony loyalists with new devices and more.

Five Digital Publishing Leaders Weigh in on Industry’s Future

Here’s one short thought each from five industry leaders on where digital publishing is headed: “For the foreseeable future, we will operate in a hybrid print and digital world.” —Jonathan Nowell, President, Nielsen Book “Ebooks and digital media enable execution of a variety of new business models globally, opening new channels by...

Self-Publishing Turns a Corner

Data suggesting the self-publishing market is maturing, HarperCollins expands in Germany, Simon & Schuster imprint scraps DRM, Nook puts news into libraries, rethinking English translation rights sales, new workflow tools and more.