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September 24, 2020

(Overdrive) 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.

September 14, 2020

(Overdrive) 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.

July 15, 2020

(Overdrive) 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.

June 23, 2020

(Overdrive) 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.

June 9, 2020

(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.

May 7, 2020

(Overdrive) 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.

April 30, 2020

(Overdrive) 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.

February 25, 2020

(Overdrive) 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.

February 20, 2020

(Overdrive) OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the hiring of Angela Arnold as General Manager of OverDrive Education. Arnold brings decades of e-business development and go-to-market skills to drive adoption of its student reading solutions and digital content sales to schools and libraries. In this new role, she reports to OverDrive founder and CEO Steve Potash.

January 31, 2020

(Overdrive) LexisNexis Legal and Professional announced comprehensive updates to its LexisNexis Digital Library platform, which now has a completely redesigned interface and a number of beneficial new features that subscribers have been asking for. The LexisNexis Digital Library, a platform offering one of the largest collections of legal eBook publications, now includes a more personalized home page for individual users, better tools for managing notetaking and offline reading capabilities that are tailored to legal librarians and legal professionals.

January 23, 2020

(Overdrive) As public libraries have continually innovated throughout the years with programming and services, they’re now competing for and winning online attention in the digital world. On the heels of record-breaking digital circulation and patron growth in 2019, public librarians enter 2020 with a series of effective programs to help readers discover and benefit from a great book.

January 15, 2020

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive announced today that 73 public library systems from the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand each enabled readers to borrow over 1 million ebooks and audiobooks from their catalogs in 2019. This represents the most systems ever to reach this milestone led by Toronto Public Library serving over 6 million titles for the year. Contributing factors to these records include online marketing, award-winning reading apps, strong growth for audiobooks and a 27% increase in circulation of children’s and young adult digital book titles.

January 8, 2020

(Overdrive) Due to their creative efforts in curation, managing multiple lending models and engaging patrons, librarians helped drive public library circulation of digital books to record highs in 2019. Libraries and schools around the world enabled their patrons and students to check out 326 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in the past 12 months, a 20% increase over the previous year. Publishers and authors benefited from the library’s role as valued discovery channel which resulted in record library sales of digital titles across all genres for all audiences. This data was reported by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for over 43,000 libraries and schools worldwide.

December 24, 2019

(Overdrive) KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire OverDrive, Inc., the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, from Rakuten USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rakuten, Inc. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

November 4, 2019

(Overdrive) CLEVELAND – November 4, 2019 – Public library patrons can join millions of readers worldwide in a riveting tale of survival during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From November 4–18, booklovers can borrow Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones’ powerful debut novel, I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, from their public library as an ebook or audiobook with no waitlists or holds. Readers may join by visiting their local public library’s website or downloading the Libby app, borrowing with a valid library card and discussing online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. Hundreds of schools around the world are also participating – students can read the digital book through their school’s website or Sora classroom reading app.

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