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July 10, 2024

Overdrive Libby's upcoming July 2024 release. OverDrive announced the July 2024 release of the Libby app, which will go live later this month. It introduces important improvements based on reader and partner feedback. This release brings new features, thoughtfully refines the user experience, and makes the app feel even more like the digital branch of the library. [Full Announcement].

June 26, 2024

Overdrive Check Out Your Library events and campaigns to reconnect Americans with their local libraries. OverDrive announced the launch of “Check Out Your Library,” a movement designed to introduce and reacquaint millions of Americans with the invaluable resources and stories housed within their public libraries. This initiative aims to celebrate and elevate the role of libraries and librarians as community cornerstones across the United States. By promoting local events and programming, it aims to draw new and returning patrons to explore the amazing resources and offerings of their local libraries. [Full Announcement].

June 19, 2024

Overdrive OverDrive All Access collections to enable millions of readers to enjoy premium digital library books with no holds or wait times. As part of OverDrive's advocacy for flexible and reasonable digital book costs for schools and libraries, OverDrive announced today three new All Access Collections of simultaneous use ebook subscriptions for libraries. Designed to address the significant growth in reader demand for eBooks within the Libby and Sora apps, libraries will delight patrons with access to a growing catalog of in-demand titles without any holds. These genre-specific collections, priced with a fixed annual fee, will add meaningful inventory of popular titles to libraries and supplement other access models available from OverDrive Marketplace. [Full Announcement].

May 16, 2024

Overdrive Chronicle Books' full ebook catalog now available in OverDrive Max lending model. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the availability of the full ebook catalog from Chronicle Books in the OverDrive Max access model. Available to libraries and schools worldwide, Chronicle's catalog of more than 2,000 titles includes the full catalog from partner Levine Querido and award-winners Everything Sad is Untrue, A Friend for Henry and The Last Cuentista, and authors K.A. Holt and Darcie Little Badger. OverDrive is the creator of the popular Libby and Sora reading apps and OverDrive Max, the on-demand access model that provides checkouts at typically the lowest cost for libraries and schools. [Full Announcement].

May 10, 2024

Overdrive Readers have borrowed more than 4 billion books through OverDrive. Crafty Birds by Kristy Conlin became the four billionth title checked out through OverDrive and our award-winning apps, Libby and Sora. This achievement is a testament to the librarians and educators who champion digital reading every day. Thanks to your commitment and dedication, checkouts have now surpassed 4 billion. More people than ever are discovering the joy of borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics from your digital library and we are grateful to serve all the users who benefit from access to digital content. [Full Announcement].

April 2, 2024

Overdrive Student Ebook Usage Breaks Records. Sora released its first annual reading report of worldwide student digital reading data for the 2022-2023 school year. “The State of K-12 Digital Reading” is based on the Sora student reading platform, used in 62,000 public and private schools in 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces and 75 countries around the world. The report reveals compelling regional differences, double digit growth in Comics and Graphic Novels and a surprising insight on which months tracked the most time spent reading. [Full Announcement].

March 13, 2024

Overdrive Librarians' Choice: The first-ever Libby Book Awards. The inaugural Libby Book Awards honor public librarians' best books of 2023 in 17 different categories. Nominated by an expert librarian panel and voted on by more than 1,700 librarians worldwide, the Libby Book Awards are sponsored by Libby, the library reading app, which is used by millions of readers in public libraries across North America. the titles chosen for this year's Libby Book Awards are for books published in 2023 and are sure to be found on many readers' to-be-read lists. [Full Announcement].

March 10, 2024

Overdrive OverDrive and Storytel announce agreement to provide 25,000 digital audiobooks to libraries and schools worldwide. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced a global distribution agreement with Storytel, the premier audio content subscription service in the world. This agreement will offer access to an unparalleled and culturally diverse selection of tens of thousands of premium audiobooks in 20 languages. The collaboration enables all 92,000 libraries and schools in the OverDrive global network to make the catalog available to millions of readers in their communities for discovery and enjoyment. [Full Announcement].

February 21, 2024

Overdrive Readers embark on emotional journey through US-wide book club. Readers across the United States are joining tens of thousands of booklovers nationwide by participating in the annual Together We Read US digital book club. From February 21-March 6, booklovers can enjoy Terah Shelton Harris's thought-provoking debut novel about family, redemption and unconditional love, One Summer in Savannah, as an ebook and audiobook for free. Readers can access the digital book from their public library with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app. They may also participate in an online discussion with other readers throughout the country. The Together We Read US digital book club connects readers through thousands of U.S. public libraries with a featured ebook for two weeks and only requires a valid library card to get started. During the program, readers can participate in engaging online discussions about the book. This free program is facilitated by the library and OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app. [Full Announcement].

January 26, 2024

Overdrive Coming soon to a device near you: Big Movie Watch. For ten years, readers have been coming together for our ebook club, Big Library Read. Now, Kanopy users at libraries in the United States and Canada can share their love for film with Big Movie Watch! Kanopy's new film club is available for US and Canadian libraries on a pay-per-use program as well as those with PLUS only accounts. What's Love Got to Do with It? will be added to PLUS-only accounts for the duration of the program at no cost to the library. [Full Announcement].

January 18, 2024

Overdrive TeachingBooks launches Book Resumes at LibLearnX to help librarians save time. TeachingBooks, the leading source for supplemental educational materials that “bring books to life,” is showcasing the new Book Resumes toolkit during the 2024 American Library Association's Library Learning Experience conference. LibLearnX attendees can learn more by visiting TeachingBooks in the OverDrive booth #1129 at the Baltimore Convention Center between January 20-22, 2024. Designed to address the changes and challenges to workflows for Juvenile and Young Adult collection development, Book Resumes help librarians and educators address the critical question, “Is this book right for my collection?” [Full Announcement].

January 11, 2024

Overdrive 152 libraries exceed one million checkouts of digital content in 2023. Librarians investing in digital collections for the past year delivered new levels of service to all readers in their communities. In 2023, a record number 152 library systems and consortia in seven countries, from 41 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces each loaned more than one million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines for readers all ages and interests. Readers benefited from libraries' partnership with OverDrive as well as the increased adoption and use of Libby, the award-winning library reading app. The 152 public libraries are the highest performing of 22,000 in the OverDrive network, and are based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany. [Full Announcement].

January 4, 2024

Overdrive Libraries achieve record-breaking circulation of digital media in 2023. Librarians and educators achieved new milestones in 2023 by providing increasingly robust streaming options to satisfy the interests of all ages and audiences. Readers worldwide borrowed 662 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, a 19 percent increase over 2022. This growth was driven by a regular cadence of new release blockbuster titles, as well as new Libby reading app features and cost-effective access models. Streaming video through libraries and colleges on Kanopy also reached a record 23 million plays. Aggregated data was reported by OverDrive, the leading digital content platform for 92,000 libraries and schools in 115 countries worldwide. 2023 also marked the award-winning Libby app's one billionth digital book checkout. Due to the outreach efforts of 22,000 public libraries around the globe, more than 9 million people installed the Libby app in 2023 and became new library users, signaling the continued expansion of library services both inside and outside the branch. [Full Announcement].

December 14, 2023

Overdrive Colleen Hoover, Rebecca Yarros and Prince Harry dominate public libraries' top digital book titles of 2023. This year's list of the most popular books in public libraries was dominated by romance novels and memoirs from three bestselling authors that whisk readers away to other worlds. Based on circulation figures from millions of readers in 18,000 public libraries in North America on the award-winning Libby reading app, Colleen Hoover, Rebecca Yarros and Prince Harry led in multiple categories for the top books borrowed in 2023. Libby provides free access to public libraries' collections of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and graphic novels, and was created by OverDrive, the leading digital content platform for libraries and schools worldwide.< [Full Announcement].

November 2, 2023

Overdrive Libraries get into the spirit with worldwide digital book club. Readers around the globe are enjoying a “coming-of-age story of family and the supernatural” for free during Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club. From November 2-16, booklovers with a valid public library card join thousands of others around the globe in borrowing Olivia Stephens's Artie and the Wolf Moon from their public library. Library card holders may read the ebook, audiobook or ebook with audio for free without waitlists or holds on the Libby app, then discuss online. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app. [Full Announcement].

October 20, 2023

Overdrive TeachingBooks and Sora Reading App Make It Easier and More Affordable to Support Early Literacy. As schools nationwide increasingly turn to evidence-based strategies for early literacy, TeachingBooks and OverDrive Education announced new services and products to address instructional needs. Discovery tools that classify popular picture books for phonics instruction and the Supersonic Phonics & Decodables package for PreK-grade 4 make it easier and more affordable to support early literacy initiatives. The ebooks are available to schools using Sora, the award-winning student reading app. [Full Announcement].

October 17, 2023

Overdrive German libraries achieve three million digital book checkouts with OverDrive. German library users have fallen in love with the Libby library reading app. The highly rated, all-in-one library reading app for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines is used by over 400 German public libraries and was created by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries worldwide. Through 30 September, libraries have loaned three million digital titles in 2023, which represents an increase of 46 percent year-over-year. Publishers are benefiting from the increased visibility of their books and direct spend from libraries, which has increased 25 percent over the same period. One factor contributing to the library success is Leselounge mit Libby, a countrywide digital book club that emphasizes not just reading, but community and shared experiences. In March 2023, nearly 4,000 library patrons read the selected Leselounge mit Libby title through Libby, which boasts a 4.8 average rating in the Apple App Store and was named both Apple and Google Play Editor's Choice. [Full Announcement].

July 25, 2023

Overdrive OverDrive appoints Jennifer Leitman as first Chief Marketing Officer. OverDrive announced the appointment of Jennifer Leitman as its first Chief Marketing Officer. Leitman will unify marketing efforts across the company, raising brand awareness and engagement for the company's industry-leading platforms and apps, including OverDrive Marketplace, Libby, Sora, Kanopy and TeachingBooks. In this new role, she reports to OverDrive founder and CEO Steve Potash and also joins the company's Executive Team. [Full Announcement].

July 13, 2023

Overdrive Public Libraries celebrate Summer with Worldwide Book Club. From July 13-27, booklovers can join thousands of others around the globe in borrowing Sierra Godfrey's A Very Typical Family. Library card holders may read the ebook and audiobook for free with no waiting on the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online. This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 22,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During the program, readers participate 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 the Libby app. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2023

Overdrive Kanopy expands streaming video catalog, adds new flexible program models. Kanopy, the leading streaming provider of award-winning film and television for libraries, is showcasing new features and catalog additions at the 2023 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition. Highlights include new flexible program models designed for public libraries, an expanded catalog featuring exclusive titles and a Kanopy Kids subscription package. Kanopy provides 30,000 streaming video titles from over 800 suppliers to more than 8,000 public and academic libraries worldwide. ALA Annual attendees can learn more by visiting Kanopy at parent company OverDrive's Booth #4025 at McCormick Place Convention Center, June 23-26, 2023. [Full Announcement].

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