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OverDrive celebrates 30 years as the global leader in digital library content

“It may be hard to believe, given that many readers around the world have just discovered the sheer awesomeness of borrowing eBooks in the last half decade, but here at OverDrive we’re celebrating our 30th year of working exclusively with digital content. We’ve come a long way since 1986, when our CEO Steve Potash founded the company by developing interactive diskettes and CD-ROM products and converting law documents into a digital format.” (via OverDrive)

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OverDrive helps Cityread London book club go digital

“OverDrive is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Cityread London for the first time to get this year’s featured book, Ten Days by Gillian Slovo, in eBook format for local public library authorities. Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.” (via OverDrive Blogs)

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OverDrive Launches QuickStart eBook Collection to Promote Reading in Elementary Schools

“OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become great readers. To promote reading, encourage digital learning and support literacy goals, OverDrive is partnering with award-winning publishers like Dawn Publications, Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning and ABDO. OverDrive’s K-5 QuickStart offers young readers a premium collection of 200 eBooks, including Read-Alongs such as the Summer Camp Science Mystery Series, The Mallory Series and Noisy Bug Sing-Along, picture books and other engaging titles. These eBooks are instantly available with simultaneous access for every K-5 student in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline.” (via OverDrive)

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More than 300,000 digital titles added to industry-leading global eBook catalog

“As the world’s authors and publishers convene in Frankfurt, Germany for the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, leading digital content provider OverDrive announced global expansion with institutional buyers now in more than 50 countries. To meet increasing global demand in libraries and schools, OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, announced that it has added 300,000 digital titles from more than 100 top publishers such as Faber & Faber, Simon & Schuster UK, Penguin Random House Spain, Planeta, Random House Germany, China International Book Trading Corporation, Bookwire, Litres Global Russia and W.W. Norton.” (via Overdrive)

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OverDrive Announces Agreement for Acquisition by Rakuten

“OverDrive, Inc., the leading eBook, audiobook and streaming video platform for libraries and schools, today announced it entered into an agreement to be acquired by Rakuten Inc., one of the world’s largest Internet services companies.  Insight Venture Partners has been the majority shareholder of OverDrive since 2010.  OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) will operate as a subsidiary of Rakuten USA and will work closely with other Rakuten companies.” (via OverDrive)

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