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July 12, 2018

(Overdrive) The summer heats up as thousands of readers worldwide join Big Library Read to borrow, read and discuss USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams’s romance novel, Cowboy Pride, through their local library. From July 9-23, readers can borrow the ebook with no waitlists or holds by visiting their library's digital collection or downloading the Libby app. More than 19,000 libraries worldwide will participate in the16th selection of the largest global digital book club. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in the U.S. and Canada. As the winning title chosen from 22 novels by popular vote of readers and librarians, Cowboy Pride tells the Wild West version of Pride and Prejudice.

June 21, 2018

(Overdrive) Libby, the award-winning eBook, audiobook, and magazine app from Rakuten OverDrive, is growing in use by over 30% each month and now serves millions of readers from our nation’s libraries. It has achieved widespread acclaim for its ease of use and access to more library collections than all other apps. Libby was awarded a 2017 Google Play ‘Best New App of the Year’ award and earned a #1 Apple App Store rating for books and library in May of 2018.

June 13, 2018

(Overdrive) Rakuten and Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, have concluded an agreement related to Rakuten OverDrive, a digital library service offered by the Rakuten Group. Based on the agreement, Kobe City will adopt the Rakuten OverDrive digital library service for the first time on a trial basis.The adoption of the digital library service will allow residents of Kobe City to use the service at every municipal library in Kobe City.

May 22, 2018

(Overdrive) Educators moderating difficult classroom conversations rely on titles from Greenhaven Publishing. The issues-oriented content, aimed at middle grades and up, features discussion friendly, diverse texts on tough topics like immigration, free speech, race and climate change is now available through OverDrive.

May 15, 2018

(Overdrive) As the number one digital-circulating library in the country, King County Library System patrons are considered to be savvy digital readers. To support their avid use of the KCLS digital collection, and to encourage more digital readership among interested KCLS library users, OverDrive, a digital content provider, will send its digital bookmobile to visit two KCLS libraries.

April 3, 2018

(Overdrive) No money required, all you need is a library card. From April 2-16, thousands of readers worldwide will have access to borrow, read, and discuss Jennifer McGaha's debut memoir Flat Broke with Two Goats with no waitlists, or holds. During the two week period, readers can borrow the eBook or audiobook by visiting their library's digital collection or by downloading the Libby app. More than 19,000 libraries are set to participate in the world’s largest global digital book club.

March 20, 2018

(Overdrive) While some thought digital was going to signal the decline of libraries, it has instead strengthened library systems and positioned them as a hub for innovation, education and a place of reading happiness beyond the bookshelves. After surpassing one million digital book checkouts in 2007 and 100 million in 2012, leading digital reading platform OverDrive today proudly announces another remarkable milestone – libraries around the world have reached one billion digital book checkouts.

March 15, 2018

(Overdrive) The Zhejiang Library, together with OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the launch of its digital library collection with a large catalog of eBooks and audiobooks. Based in Hangzhou, a world-class technology hub and home to e-commerce giant Alibaba, this provincial library is the seventh library in China – including Capital Library in Beijing, Shanghai Library, and Shenzhen Library – to join OverDrive’s worldwide network of 40,000 libraries and schools.

February 5, 2018

(Overdrive) bibliotheca will be on hand at this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, February 9-13, 2018, to showcase a host of comprehensive solutions designed to help libraries connect, engage and evolve.

January 23, 2018

(Overdrive) OverDrive announced today that 58 library systems set a new record for lending 1 million eBooks and digital audiobooks in 2017. This milestone reaffirms the consistent growth of digital lending in the library and represents a significant increase from the 49 that reached 1 million checkouts in 2016. The libraries are based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.

January 11, 2018

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform available to millions of readers from over 40,000 libraries and schools worldwide, reported record-breaking downloads of eBooks and audiobooks in 2017. With a library card and OverDrive or Libby app, readers borrowed more than 225 million digital books in the past 12 months, representing double digit growth from the previous year. A record number of libraries each served over 1 million digital books to their local communities last year, led by astronomical growth at Toronto Public Library (which reached 4.6 million digital checkouts), Los Angeles Public Library (3.7 million) and the National Library Board of Singapore (1.5 million).

October 24, 2017

(Overdrive) Companies, from startups to multinational conglomerates, will be able to get access to top business resources in a new Digital Business Library. The new resource is a one-stop portal launched by the National Library Board of Singapore, in conjunction with OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools. The Digital Business Library provides 24/7 access to over 19,000 eBook and audiobook titles from the world’s foremost business authors, and are available for borrowing instantly on smartphone, tablet or desktop computer with a valid library account at With the Digital Business Library’s curated collections, the latest trends in businesses will now be at the fingertips, including topics on cybersecurity, business intelligence, neuroscience and data analytics.

October 18, 2017

(Overdrive) OverDrive welcomes four new publishers in time for the 2017-18 school year. Rosen Publishing, Gareth Stevens, Cavendish Square and Enslow Publishing serve grades Pre-K -12 with high interest, curriculum-correlated materials. They are making hundreds of titles available digitally to libraries and schools for the first time, with more planned for 2018.

August 16, 2017

(Overdrive) OverDrive, a Rakuten Group Company announced that it has earned certification as a B Corporation. OverDrive joins thousands of companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Etsy and others to lead a global movement of using business for good. This prestigious B Corp honor acknowledges the company’s commitment to creating exceptional positive social and environmental impact.

July 26, 2017

(Overdrive) As OverDrive brings its leading digital reading platform to more K-12 schools in the United States and beyond, the digital distributor announced that it has hired an education-industry veteran. Adam Eberle, will serve as OverDrive’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Eberle will accelerate OverDrive’s global expansion and help direct the company’s overall strategy and strategic partnerships.

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