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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].

April 27, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Founder and CEO Receives 2020 Dively Entrepreneur Award. Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio named OverDrive founder and CEO Steve Potash the recipient of the 2020 Dively Entrepreneur Award. The George S. Dively Entrepreneurship Award is presented annually to an individual or company in Northeast Ohio based on substantial success as an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial company. It also spotlights a history of innovation, solid financial performance, and achievements in the marketplace. [Full Announcement].

April 6, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Celebrates National Library Week with the Marvel Universe. In support of National Library Week, OverDrive partnered with Marvel to create nine original images depicting many of Marvel's most famous characters sharing their love of (digital) reading and libraries. [Full Announcement].

March 31, 2021

Overdrive Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to Keynote OverDrive’s International Conference. OverDrive, the leading supplier of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a global network of schools, public libraries, government and corporate knowledge centers, announced that Dr. Carla Hayden will present the day 1 keynote at Digipalooza '21, August 3-5, 2021. Since 2006, Digipalooza has been the leading industry event bringing together a global community of librarians, educators, publishers and technologists sharing insights, trends and best practices for expanding access for all communities and readers. Digipalooza 21 will be held as a virtual three half-day online event featuring programming and networking opportunities throughout. [Full Announcement].

February 10, 2021

Overdrive Readers Across the US Fall in Love with Nationwide Digital Book Club. Nearly 16,000 public libraries and tens of thousands of readers across the United States join together to enjoy the latest Together We Read: US digital book club selection. From February 10 to 24, readers with a valid library card can borrow and discuss author Kate Clayborn's award-winning witty romance ebook and audiobook, Love Lettering, for free with no waitlists or holds. Readers can access the digital book by downloading the award-winning Libby app and then participate in an online discussion. [Full Announcement].

January 22, 2021

Overdrive New choice report studies academic collection development, reveals shift to ebooks. As digital books become more essential in colleges and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic librarians are adopting the ebook format at a vastly accelerated rate. To better understand ebook collection development in academic libraries, Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), conducted a research study to shine a much-needed light on the ways academic libraries are responding to the increased demand for digital content. Highlights include data showing that ebooks are an established part of academic library collections, many academic librarians' overarching acquisition model favors ebooks over print and both libraries and patrons have fully integrated ebooks into their workflows and practices. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 2021

Overdrive Over 100 Public Libraries Exceed 1 Million Digital Book Checkouts in 2020. A record 102 public library systems from around the world empowered readers to borrow over 1 million ebooks and audiobooks from their digital collections in 2020. This represents the most systems ever to reach this milestone through OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform. Contributing factors include increased digital book usage due to the pandemic, elevated interest in social justice titles and BIPOC authors and strong circulation growth for children's and young adult titles because of remote learning. [Full Announcement].

January 7, 2021

Overdrive 33% growth for digital books from public libraries and schools in 2020 sets records. Librarians and educators achieved record levels of digital book circulation in 2020. Readers worldwide borrowed 430 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in the past 12 months, a 33% increase over 2019. This significant growth was influenced by the pandemic, social justice and remote learning. Data was reported by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for 65,000 libraries and schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

December 15, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive Education Announces Top Ebooks, Audiobooks Downloaded by Students from K-12 Schools In 2020. With K-12 students accessing digital books more than ever due to remote learning, OverDrive Education announced the most-read ebooks and audiobooks worldwide in 2020. Data is based on usage of ebooks and audiobooks from 38,000 schools in 71 countries. OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for schools, reported tens of millions of digital books were borrowed and read on the Sora student reading app, nearly triple the total in 2019. [Full Announcement].

December 2, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive significantly expands magazine catalog for libraries worldwide, supplied by ZINIO. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, is now offering more popular digital magazines than ever before. As a result of the company's acquisition of RBdigital earlier this year, over 3,000 in-demand magazines supplied by ZINIO are now available through the OverDrive platform in the Libby app. All magazines are available in unlimited simultaneous use for public, academic and corporate libraries. [Full Announcement].

November 10, 2020

Overdrive Free collection of simultaneous use Spanish-Language ebooks and audiobooks now available for schools. OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools worldwide, introduced a new way to help schools meet increased demand for digital content. To supplement remote and hybrid learning for Spanish-language readers, OverDrive Education donated 100 Spanish-language titles for young readers to over 38,000 schools around the world. This bundle includes high-interest Spanish-language ebook, audiobook and Read-Along titles with unlimited access for students of participating schools through September 30, 2021. [Full Announcement].

September 24, 2020

Overdrive With Print Supplies Disrupted, More Schools Adopt Digital Books for Remote Learning. With a record number of students going back to school online, educators are urgently turning to digital books in place of print for their established curriculum. In response to this need, OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools worldwide, today announced support for several major curriculum systems. This means that schools can provide instant access to assigned titles as ebooks and audiobooks for in-class and distance learning for all students. More than 35,000 schools have shifted to OverDrive Education for digital books as the company has significantly expanded its catalog to include grade-leveled class sets aligned to teaching units. To supply both required and recommended ebooks and audiobooks for the classroom, the company is collaborating with a variety of the most popular curriculum developers including EL Education, StudyForge and Schoolwide. [Full Announcement].

September 14, 2020

Overdrive Public libraries connecting readers through national digital reading event. Readers nationwide are actively borrowing and discussing the next Libraries Transform Book Pick, the annual digital reading event that makes a featured ebook immediately available for free from public libraries. From September 14th to 28th, booklovers across the U.S. can borrow – without waitlists or holds – an ebook copy of the ambitious and masterfully wrought saga Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma. With the award-winning Libby app and a valid library card, readers can download and read the ebook, then discuss via social media. [Full Announcement].

July 15, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive adds publishing and library industry leaders to Board of Directors. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced that Milena Alberti-Perez and Sari Feldman have joined its Board of Directors. The addition of the two distinguished executives follows the completion of the acquisition of OverDrive by KKR from Rakuten. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive to acquire RBdigital from RBmedia. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced today that it is acquiring the assets of RBmedia's library business, including the RBdigital platform in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. [Full Announcement].

June 9, 2020

Overdrive KKR Completes Acquisition of OverDrive. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the completion of its acquisition by KKR, a leading global investment firm. In December 2019, KKR announced that it had agreed to acquire OverDrive from Rakuten. [Full Announcement].

May 7, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive Professional provides Libby App to college campuses and the workplace. OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for public libraries and schools, announced the launch of OverDrive Professional, a new division that supplements corporate, academic and law libraries. With this launch, students, knowledge workers and researchers can now benefit from Libby, the award-winning reading app. Libby allows users to easily access their libraries’ ebooks and audiobooks to support their academic and professional development objectives. [Full Announcement].

April 30, 2020

Overdrive Sonos Speakers now stream library audiobooks for free with Libby App. OverDrive announced that the award-winning Libby app is now compatible with all Sonos wireless home sound systems. When a user connects Libby to their Sonos speaker system, they can enjoy popular audiobooks, learn a foreign language, or entertain the kids throughout the house by accessing tens of thousands of titles from their public library. To get started, users only need the Sonos app, the Libby app – available from 90 percent of public libraries in North America – and a valid library card. [Full Announcement].

February 25, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive unveils Vision 2030 Blueprint for the Next Decade. As the nation’s public librarians gather for the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Nashville, OverDrive announced its “Vision 2030.” This multi-year initiative will build on the success librarians are experiencing using digital books and mobile apps to reach and provide access to all parts of the community including underserved segments to help bridge the digital divide. In the OverDrive Booth #823 at the PLA Conference, OverDrive will provide detail on Vision 2030 and the key components designed to target 100 million new readers. In addition, public librarians will present how their libraries are currently using digital books and OverDrive technologies to achieve these goals. [Full Announcement].

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