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February 2, 2023

Overdrive Vooks and TeachingBooks team up to offer free collection of animated storybooks and instructional resources for Schools and Libraries. For the remainder of this school year, add the thrill of animated storybooks and valuable instructional resources directly to your school and library digital learning spaces—for free! TeachingBooks and Vooks have partnered to provide a free collection of titles and resources for everyone in your community, including 35 Vooks animated storybooks and 300+ age-appropriate resources.Remember your favorite picture book as a kid? Now, imagine that story unfolding right before your eyes—the pictures start moving, music begins playing in the background, a voice starts narrating the words aloud. It would be like watching a cartoon...but it's actually your favorite book! In addition to the Vooks-created animated storybooks, this collection includes instructional resources from TeachingBooks, such as author interviews, activity guides, and story maps. [Full Announcement].

January 26, 2023

Overdrive OverDrive launches Deep Search and Notify Me features to help readers discover books beyond the library's collection. OverDrive announced innovative new features that uniquely benefit librarians, readers and publishers. Deep search and Notify Me tags in the Libby reading app help readers discover titles beyond the library's collection and indicate titles of interest. When a reader searches for a book in Libby by name, author or subject, the new deep search feature presents additional titles from OverDrive's complete catalog of over 5 million titles, even if the books are not in the library's digital collection. By tapping "Notify Me" on a title that is not in the library's collection, the reader alerts their library of their interest and Libby notifies the reader if the title is purchased and made available to borrow. [Full Announcement].

January 25, 2023

Overdrive Public libraries lend one billion titles with the Libby reading app. As public libraries continue their mission to serve their communities, a major milestone was reached for the most popular ebook, audiobook, magazine and comics app for library patrons: one billion digital books borrowed in Libby, the library reading app. The Libby app, created by OverDrive, is used in over 22,000 public libraries and thousands of colleges, universities, corporate libraries and learning centers. [Full Announcement].

January 11, 2023

Overdrive More public libraries than ever exceed 1 million digital book checkouts in 2022. A total of 129 public libraries and consortia based in seven countries and from 36 U.S. states each loaned more than one million ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and more in 2022. 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. The 129 million+ circulation libraries are based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany. [Full Announcement].

January 6, 2023

Overdrive OverDrive Releases 2022 Digital Book Circulation Data and Highlights. In 2022, digital book lending grew significantly due to innovations that high-performing public libraries, schools and other institutions used to serve their readers. These efforts resulted in record circulation of digital books, with ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and comic books each greatly contributing to year-over-year growth, according to industry leader OverDrive. [Full Announcement].

December 22, 2022

Overdrive 2022's Most Popular Ebooks and Audiobooks from Public Libraries. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform and creator of the award-winning Libby reading app, released year-end lists of 2022's most popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines borrowed from libraries and schools around the world. [Full Announcement].

December 7, 2022

Overdrive New Choice Survey shows shift in academic library digital collections toward popular fiction and nonfiction. As academic libraries pivot to meet the needs of a digital-first student population, many libraries are shifting their digital collections to include more popular fiction and nonfiction digital materials. To better understand ebook collection development in academic libraries, Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), published “The State of Ebooks in Academic Libraries: 2022” to continue exploring the ways academic libraries are responding to the increased demand for digital content. Key findings include 85 percent of academic libraries currently hold ebooks and digital audiobooks in their collections, non-curriculum-based ebooks and audiobooks are a rapidly growing segment, and ebook purchasing in most subject areas is up nearly 26 percent. [Full Announcement].

November 18, 2022

Overdrive Readers have borrowed over 3 billion items through OverDrive. From the very first library checkout of an ebook through OverDrive back in 2003, we have had one vision: to create a world enlightened by reading. Recently, readers and libraries all over the globe achieved a major milestone when the total number of digital titles checked out through OverDrive – and Libby and Sora – surpassed three billion. [Full Announcement].

November 2, 2022

Overdrive You can join the World's Largest Digital Book Club with Newbery Honor award-winning young adult novel. Readers of all ages can join Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club, with a Newbery Honor Award-winning young adult novel. From November 2-16, booklovers with a valid library card can participate with thousands of others around the globe by borrowing Darcie Little Badger's Indigenous fantasy novel, A Snake Falls to Earth, from their public library. Library card holders may read the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app. [Full Announcement].

October 25, 2022

Overdrive OverDrive Education donates 100 juvenile and young adult ebooks, audiobooks to every Canadian school. To help Canadian schools meet demand for digital content without increasing budget, OverDrive Education has donated 100 juvenile and young adult titles to thousands of primary and secondary schools around the country. This Canada “Sora Starter” bundle is available to all Canadian schools and includes high-interest English and French ebooks and audiobooks in a variety of subjects from Canadian authors and publishers. Sora is the leading student reading app for 6,000 Canadian schools and more than 55,000 schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

October 18, 2022

Overdrive Flexible Ebook Library Models Drive Sales Growth for Publishers. As volatility in book publishing's supply chain continues to impact print sales and profitability, publishers worldwide are experiencing record earnings from the sales of their digital catalogs to institutional buyers. Digital book revenue for authors and publishers from libraries and schools has consistently grown over the past decade and accelerated the past two years due to pandemic-related changes in the markets. OverDrive, the leading global supplier of digital books and other digital content to libraries and schools, is able to offer unique insight into anticipated 2023 trends. Library and school reader demand is growing faster than institutional budgets, and as a result, buyers are prioritizing their spending on catalogs that offer flexible options for access models to serve a wide variety of readers and campaigns. [Full Announcement].

August 29, 2022

Overdrive Digital on-demand class sets for required curriculum books now available in Sora student reading app. To help educators provide students with the books they need as efficiently as possible, OverDrive Education announced the new On-Demand Class Set digital access model for curriculum titles. This model makes available ebooks and audiobooks on-demand in the Sora reading app to as many students as needed, with or without codes. Digital On-Demand Class Sets give schools the flexibility to allocate budget for assigned classroom reading even in situations where classes and rosters are not finalized. Educators can use this model – as well as many other cost-effective models in the OverDrive Marketplace – with required reading for English language arts, history, social science and other classes, as well as for all-school required reads and literature circles. [Full Announcement].

August 3, 2022

Overdrive New Shelf Talkers in Libby App allow library to customize patron experience. To help libraries better connect with their community of readers, OverDrive created the shelf talkers feature in the Libby library reading app. This feature provides a new space for each library to showcase their curatorial expertise and knowledge through personal notes to patrons within the Libby app. Shelf talkers in Libby allow librarians to connect with readers by recommending titles, providing interesting facts about a title or author, showing curators' personalities and adding more library-specific flavor to their Libby collection. [Full Announcement].

July 13, 2022

Overdrive Public libraries offer riveting USA Today Bestseller for worldwide digital book club. Booklovers around the globe can dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club. From July 13-27, more than a hundred thousand readers around the globe will enjoy Audrey Blake's historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. Library card holders from participating libraries can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2022

Overdrive OverDrive to present library innovations prioritizing Access for All. At the in-person conference of our nation's libraries, digital library leader OverDrive will announce tools and services to help librarians provide “Access for All.” In response to requests from industry leaders to leverage their digital collections to reach more readers, OverDrive will present Public Access Connect and other initiatives at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Booth #933 in Washington, D.C. from June 23-28. [Full Announcement].

June 14, 2022

Overdrive Vox Media Networks Seeker and NowThis streaming now on Kanopy. Kanopy announced a strategic distribution agreement with Vox Media. Students and patrons of participating universities and public libraries can now stream educational series from Vox Media brands Seeker by The Verge and NowThis. With this new offering, Kanopy viewers can empower themselves and understand the science shaping our planet as well as dive into what's happening and influential in the world right now. [Full Announcement].

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].