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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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Libraries Are Concerned About the Lack of New e-books in the Kindle Format

“Libraries all over the US have expressed concern to Good e-Reader that the vast majority of new e-book titles from Overdrive are not available in the Kindle format.  The few books that have been made available are from small presses and not major publishers.  Is this something to be worried about? Overdrive has the largest market share in facilitating digital e-books, audiobooks and videos to libraries all over the United States. Chances are if your local branch offers digital content, its from Overdrive.  They are also the only company that offers e-books in the Kindle format.” (via GoodEReader)

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Coming soon for U.S. and Canadian libraries: Disney streaming video!

“We are excited to announce an agreement with The Walt Disney Studios to offer more than 100 streaming video titles to public library partners in the U.S. and Canada. This licensing agreement strengthens a robust catalog of thousands of streaming video titles available through OverDrive, and reinforces the value of a single central platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video.” (via OverDrive Blogs)

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OverDrive and HP collaborate to provide eBooks to students on new devices

“OverDrive, the leading eBook distribution platform for schools and libraries, and HP are working together to bring eBook and digital audiobooks to K-12 classrooms. HP recently announced Education Edition tablets and notebook, designed specifically for classroom learning and 1-to-1 education plans, will be preloaded with the HP School Pack*, a suite of instructional tools to help teachers and students learn more efficiently. These tools include the popular OverDrive app to help students connect with their local and school libraries to promote reading and literacy. As an added bonus, these tablets will come preloaded with a variety of eBooks and audiobooks specifically curated for HP Education Editions.” (via Overdrive)

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OverDrive adds more than 200 new publishers to Global eBook catalog for schools and libraries

“OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, announced today that more than 200 publishers have joined the company’s network in 2014, 64 of which represent partners outside of North America. Now offering content in 40 languages in more than 50 countries, OverDrive continues to grow its global footprint and expand and diversify its catalog of more than 2.5 million in-copyright digital titles.” (via OverDrive Blogs)

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NOOK® and OverDrive partner to provide digital magazines and newspapers to libraries

“NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), and OverDrive, the leading eBook platform for libraries, today announced a new partnership to enable public libraries to provide readers with access to hundreds of the most popular digital magazines and newspapers from the NOOK Newsstand®. Utilizing OverDrive platforms integrated with library catalogs, library patrons in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to discover, access and read a huge selection of NOOK Newsstand titles on their NOOK tablet device and on tablets, smartphones and PCs via the suite of Free NOOK Reading Apps™. The new service is expected to roll out to customers in the coming months.” (via OverDrive Blogs)

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Libraries Balk at OverDrive Changes

“In a letter to OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, the ReadersFirst coalition of libraries has protested a change that would require new users of OverDrive’s app to register accounts directly with OverDrive. Stressing that “libraries, not the vendors we pay,” should own the customer relationship, the letter expresses “concern with the storage of private patron information” and posits that establishing the OverDrive account is not necessary and is “essentially a marketing opportunity” that could “erode the relationship that the library has with our patrons.” (via PW)

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