Unedited press release follows:
Random House of Canada eBooks Coming to Canadian Libraries
Titles From Popular Canadian Authors Margret Atwood, Judy Fong Bates and More to Be Available via OverDrive
TORONTO–(February 2, 2011) – Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference — Canadian libraries, schools, and colleges will soon have access to thousands of eBooks from Random House of Canada through OverDrive (www.overdrive.com). With this new distribution agreement, eBooks from McClelland & Stewart and Random House of Canada will be added to OverDrive’s catalog for Canadian libraries. Libraries will be able to offer their customers digital books from McClelland & Stewart and Random House of Canada’s list of award-winning authors including Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler, Judy Fong Bates, and Vincent Lam, as well as international best-selling authors such as P.D. James and Salman Rushdie.
To learn more about OverDrive’s digital distribution services for libraries, visit OverDrive booth #113 at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference in Toronto, Feb. 2-5, 2011. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
“The Random House of Canada collection gives libraries access to more beloved Canadian authors and titles from historic Canadian publishing houses, such as McClelland & Stewart and Tundra Books,” said Claudia Weissman, international business director for OverDrive. “The addition of these titles significantly expands what was already one of the largest collections of eBooks for Canadian libraries.”
“Random House of Canada is committed to bringing the work of our authors to readers in whatever format the readers choose,” said Lisa Charters, SVP, Digital, Random House of Canada. “We are pleased to partner with OverDrive to bring our authors’ work to even more readers in libraries.”
OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 13,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, iPad®, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android™, and BlackBerry®. Users can also download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library directly to their iPhone or Android with OverDrive’s free apps (www.overdrive.com/software/omc).
OverDrive is a leading full-service 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. www.overdrive.com
About Random House of Canada
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