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May 24, 2022

Overdrive Announcing new Libby Extras: Stingray Classica. The world's premium destination for classical music can now be added to your digital library! With Stingray Classica, your users can watch prestigious productions filmed at the grandest venues throughout the world — all from the comfort of their home [Full Announcement].

April 12, 2022

Overdrive New access model OverDrive Max lowers library costs for ebook and audiobook collections. As part of its ongoing library advocacy, OverDrive released a growing list of publishers that now offer “OverDrive Max,” a digital book access model for schools and libraries developed to meet growing reader demand. Under the OverDrive Max model (also known as metered concurrent use), libraries can stock bundles of up to 100 loans for popular digital books with no expiration date. With each Max title the cost to serve each reader is typically the lowest available cost for libraries and schools for lending the ebook or audiobook. [Full Announcement].

March 16, 2022

Overdrive OverDrive announces new communication services to empower libraries. OverDrive announced new custom outreach tools, data reporting dashboards and catalog management services to empower librarians to reach and engage patrons more efficiently. The “OverDrive Hub” will extend the market-leading suite of tools already serving the world's libraries from OverDrive Marketplace and the Libby app with the introduction of Newsroom and The Loop. These tools will be released in phases, with the first to come later this year. [Full Announcement].

March 8, 2022

Overdrive Sora app’s new curated bundles of digital comics save schools time and money. In response to educators' need for more digital content to engage students, OverDrive Education now offers popular digital comic books to schools around the world via the Sora student reading app. Schools can purchase age-appropriate and cost-effective curated bundles totaling more than 1,500 digital comic books. These titles include simultaneous use rights so all students can access titles for their age group instantly. Sora is the leading student reading app available in more than 53,000 schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

February 7, 2022

Overdrive Public libraries and colleges offer award-winning novel during US-wide Digital Book Club. Over 16,000 public libraries and colleges across the United States are participating in the latest award-winning Together We Read: US digital book club. From February 7 to 21, U.S. public library patrons and students of participating colleges can enjoy author Kirstin Valdez Quade's 2021 First Novel Prize-winning book, The Five Wounds, as an ebook and audiobook. Readers can access the digital book for free with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby reading app, and then participate in an online discussion. [Full Announcement].

January 24, 2022

Overdrive By popular demand, Kanopy to offer new subscription bundle options for academic and public libraries. Kanopy, the leader in streaming video for libraries, is offering another streaming package for their end-users: Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD). The forthcoming subscription bundles, developed alongside partner libraries and with participation from key content suppliers, will allow libraries to offer diverse fixed-budget collections to students, professors, and patrons in addition to the current models offered through Kanopy. Presented natively through Kanopy's secure platform, the new subscriptions will provide a superior, seamless experience for all end-users. These new bundles will further the company's mission of democratizing access to the highest-quality collection of films that inspire, educate, and entertain. [Full Announcement].

January 21, 2022

Overdrive OverDrive reports on 2022 priorities to broaden access for all citizens. OverDrive reported today a series of ongoing investments in 2022 to further strengthen the results libraries and schools achieve from their digital collections. The company's mission-based agenda centers on several high impact initiatives in content access, library and school advocacy, and technology and service innovations. Key components include expanding availability and access to popular content for all readers, with continued focus on addressing the needs of those most challenged to access books and educational materials. OverDrive will meet with library and school partners at its online exhibit during LibLearnX, the virtual ALA conference January 21-24. OverDrive is a gold sponsor. [Full Announcement].

January 18, 2022

Overdrive Sora Content Bundles feature empowers educators to easily reserve digital books for specific students. Educators who are looking for more efficient ways to support reading outcomes have a new solution: Content Bundles. This new feature allows educators to reserve and bundle digital books from their school's Sora collection, offering exclusive access for select students based on specific scenarios. Using a code, the students can then unlock and read the ebooks and audiobooks in Sora, the leading student reading app available in more than 53,000 schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 2022

Overdrive Record Number of Library Systems Surpass 1 Million Ebook Circulation for 2021. A total of 121 public libraries and consortia based in seven countries and from 37 U.S. states each loaned more than one million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in 2021. This milestone was achieved in partnership with OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of the award-winning Libby reading app. Twenty-two library systems joined the Million+ Circulation status for the first time in 2021. The 121 Million+ Circulation libraries are based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany. [Full Announcement].

January 5, 2022

Overdrive Public Libraries and Schools Surpass Half a Billion Digital Book Loans in 2021. As the pandemic persisted in 2021, librarians and educators enabled readers worldwide to borrow 506 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, a 16% increase over 2020. With a focus on equity of access to books for all, libraries achieved all-time records for circulation while lowering the average cost-per-title borrowed. 2021 also produced a banner year of book sales and earnings to the authors and publishers who supply digital books to libraries. Data was reported by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries worldwide. [Full Announcement].

December 16, 2021

Overdrive Announcing accessibility enhancements in the Libby app. To support your library's mission to serve every reader in your community, we've been working to improve the accessibility of the Libby app. Recent updates make Libby more accessible for all readers, including users with a diverse range of visual, motor, and cognitive needs. Many Libby updates throughout 2021 have been focused on improving Libby's screen reader experience. OverDrive is partnering with Fable—an accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities—to interview blind and low vision users directly and hear their feedback on Libby's user experience. [Full Announcement].

November 5, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Receives President’s E Award for Exports. At a ceremony in Washington, D.C. today, the U.S. Department of Commerce presented the 2021 President's “E” Award for Exports to OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. OverDrive was chosen for their significant sustained global growth and demonstrated excellence in exporting for at least four years to a wide range of international markets. This award was created in 1961 by Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy and is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. [Full Announcement].

November 2, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Academic expands service and team dedicated to colleges and universities worldwide. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the expansion of OverDrive Academic, a division that supplies ebooks and audiobooks to two- and four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Students and staff now benefit from increased access to more digital content and a dedicated team providing customized digital collections, tools to maximize efficiency and 24/7 support. OverDrive Academic serves hundreds of academic institutions with the industry's leading catalog and Libby, the award-winning reading app. [Full Announcement].

November 1, 2021

Overdrive Public libraries join largest global digital book club with New York Times bestseller. Readers around the world are diving into a New York Times bestseller during Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club. From November 1-15, thousands of booklovers around the world will borrow and read Natalie D. Richards's young adult suspense thriller, Five Total Strangers, from their public library or participating high school. [Full Announcement].

October 27, 2021

Overdrive Kanopy appoints Jason Tyrrell as General Manager. Kanopy, the company dedicated to providing access to high-quality films that inspire, entertain, and educate, today announced that Kanopy's Vice President of Content, Jason Tyrrell, will take the helm as the company's General Manager. Tyrrell's promotion commences as Kanopy prepares for rapid growth in light of its acquisition by OverDrive in July 2021. Former Kanopy CEO Kevin Sayar will remain with the company as an advisor through the end of the year. [Full Announcement].

October 13, 2021

Overdrive Digital Magazines now available to K-12 schools worldwide in Sora reading app. In response to educators' need for more digital content to support classroom learning, OverDrive Education now offers popular digital magazines to schools around the world via the Sora student reading app. Schools can purchase an affordable bundle of 50 always-available educational and recreational magazines for all students who use Sora. Sora is the student reading app available in more than 50,000 schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

October 7, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Education Strengthens Curriculum Focus with Acquisition of TeachingBooks.net. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced today that it has acquired TeachingBooks.net. TeachingBooks creates and maintains the leading source of supplemental materials that perpetuates informed, joyful reading across the curriculum while furthering successful literacy outcomes. The acquisition of TeachingBooks significantly enhances OverDrive Education's Sora reading app and platform to serve K-12 schools around the world. TeachingBooks provides K-12 schools with more than 265,000 curated materials from trusted educational sources, as well as their own proprietary content, to enrich how a book is taught in the classroom. [Full Announcement].

September 1, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive donates kids and teens titles to public libraries worldwide. To help libraries meet increased demand for digital content, OverDrive donated 260 juvenile and young adult titles to more than 21,000 public libraries around the world. This bundle, part of OverDrive's new Everyone Reads program, includes high-interest ebook, audiobook and Read-Along titles that are always available to patrons through September 1, 2024. OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

August 25, 2021

Overdrive Update for US libraries regarding the ARPA prorated content model: More publishers agree to join. Overdrive nows offer American Rescue Plan Act support for Hachette US, Macmillan Publishers, and Pottermore in addition to Penguin Random House. [Full Announcement].

August 24, 2021

Overdrive TN Marketing expands Craftsy offering to Libraries. TN Marketing, a global online video subscription and streaming media business focused on creating communities by engaging people with their passions, announced an extension of the Craftsy brand into the library space. Craftsy@LIBRARIES is partnering with library digital content providers to make the Craftsy platform available to participating libraries' patrons across the country. [Full Announcement].

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