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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].

February 20, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive Hires Arnold as General Manager for K-12 Education Unit. 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. [Full Announcement].

January 31, 2020

Overdrive LexisNexis launches new digital library experience in collaboration with 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. [Full Announcement].

January 23, 2020

Overdrive Record Number of Readers Turn to Public Libraries for Digital Books. 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. [Full Announcement].

January 15, 2020

Overdrive Record number of library systems achieve 1 million+ digital book checkouts in 2019. 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. [Full Announcement].

January 8, 2020

Overdrive Public Libraries Reach Record-High Ebook and Audiobook Usage in 2019. 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. [Full Announcement].

December 24, 2019

Overdrive KKR to acquire leading digital reading platform 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. [Full Announcement].

November 4, 2019

Overdrive Libraries and schools worldwide join largest global digital book club with compelling tale of survival. 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. [Full Announcement].

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