Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive


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].

July 20, 2021

Overdrive Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah to present keynote at OverDrive Digipalooza ‘21. OverDrive, the leading digital book and media supplier to libraries and schools, announced that Sourcebooks Founder, Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah will present the day 2 keynote at Digipalooza '21, August 3-5, 2021. A three half-day virtual event this year, Digipalooza is the leading conference for public, school, academic and corporate librarians sharing best practices for serving communities of readers with digital books and media. [Full Announcement].

July 15, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive completes acquisition of Kanopy. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kanopy, a leading video streaming service for public and academic libraries. [Full Announcement].

June 28, 2021

Overdrive World’s Largest Digital Book Club’s next title The Quiet Girl now available in public libraries. Public libraries around the globe are connecting their communities of readers together during the next Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club. From June 28-July 12, readers can solve a compelling mystery in S.F. Kosa's debut thriller, The Quiet Girl, ebook from their public library. Big Library Read is available in over 20,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During past programs, readers have participated in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of Libby. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Every public school student (in Delaware) now has digital access to books. With schools facing the challenge of unfinished learning due to the pandemic, the Delaware Department of Education is providing access to online books to every K-12 student in the state. Students can use their school credentials to read required and recreational digital books in the OverDrive Education Sora student reading app. Students also now have seamless access to age-appropriate popular ebooks and audiobooks from the Delaware Libraries' OverDrive digital collection. [Full Announcement].

June 24, 2021

Overdrive Digital library collections serve more readers at lower cost. OverDrive annually reports on the growth of circulation as public libraries enable more readers to discover and borrow digital books from their lending collections. During the 12 months from March 2020 through February 2021 this growth trend continued, as digital circulation surged when libraries closed their doors due to COVID-19. To understand the impact of this growth on library budgets, OverDrive reported that record-breaking patron demand combined with high librarian engagement resulted in decreased overall cost per checkout, enabling more readers to be served at a lower cost. [Full Announcement].

June 9, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive to acquire video streaming service Kanopy. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, announced today that it is acquiring Kanopy, a leading video streaming service for public and academic libraries. The acquisition of Kanopy will bring one of the industry's most-acclaimed video catalogs to the OverDrive platform to better serve public and academic libraries around the world. Kanopy provides academic institutions and public libraries with an award-winning catalog of over 30,000 highly curated films. Kanopy is used by millions of students and library patrons and is available on all major web, mobile and TV platforms. [Full Announcement].

April 28, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive adds new content categories for libraries. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, announced the expansion of its industry-leading catalog to include new categories of digital content. In addition to ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, libraries can now supplement their digital collections with a wide variety of content that entertains, educates and provides unique digital experiences. These new Databases & Streaming Media services are available to OverDrive's network of 22,000 public, academic and corporate library partners worldwide and available to patrons through the award-winning Libby app. [Full Announcement].

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