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OverDrive Goes to School

OverDrive announced that educational and academic publishers of eBooks can now reach schools around the world through OverDrive’s digital global network.

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OverDrive Accelerates Global eBook Distribution to K-12 & Higher Ed Channels

Hundreds of School, College & University Libraries Worldwide Now Offer Digital Books via OverDrive

CLEVELAND, OH–(May 18, 2011) – Educational and academic publishers can now reach schools around the world with hundreds of K-12 and higher education libraries now in OverDrive’s global network. New eBook publishers supplying to OverDrive-powered school, college, and university libraries include Houghton Mifflin, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Kaeden Publishing, Barnes Report, and ALA Editions. They join Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., Disney Digital Books, Elsevier Science, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Scholastic, Taylor & Francis, and many others in providing digital books to libraries via OverDrive.

OverDrive, the leading distributor of eBooks and more to libraries, will demonstrate this expanded global network with growing distribution to educational channels at BookExpo America booth #4852 & Digital Zone #2114, May 24-26 in New York’s Javits Center. OverDrive will also present on the benefits of multichannel distribution and library eBook lending at IDPF Digital Book and School Library Journal Day of Dialog on May 23, as well Publishers Launch BEA on May 25, in New York City.

“OverDrive is building on its success connecting thousands of public libraries and hundreds of trade publishers with a rapid expansion into the education market,” said Karen Estrovich, content sales manager at OverDrive. “Educational and academic publishers now have increasing digital distribution opportunities to school, college, and university libraries around the globe, with dozens of new library partners joining OverDrive’s global network in just the past few months.”

OverDrive powers digital collections for hundreds of K-12 school and higher education libraries worldwide. Elementary and secondary school partners, both individual and district-wide, include WSWHE BOCES (New York), Mesquite ISD (Texas), International School of Amsterdam, and Arrowhead Union High School (Wisconsin). College and university partners, both two- and four-year institutions, include McGill University, University of Pittsburgh, and Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology.

OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 15,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone, iPad, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android, and BlackBerry.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.