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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.

October 16, 2019

(Overdrive) In support of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Libraries’ report, Public Libraries: The Case for Support, Rakuten OverDrive presented evidence in the House of Lords in Parliament on 15 October. This report calls for sustainable UK library funding by providing data and research on libraries’ positive impact on users, communities and the local economy.

October 7, 2019

(Overdrive) Readers nationwide can now borrow and discuss the first ebook selection of the Libraries Transform Book Pick, a new digital reading program from the American Library Association and Rakuten OverDrive. From Oct. 7-21, 2019, book lovers across the U.S. can borrow an ebook copy of the inventive and riveting saga “After the Flood” by Kassandra Montag at their public libraries without waitlists or holds. Readers will only need a library card and the award-winning Libby app to download and read the ebook, then discuss via social media.

September 18, 2019

(Overdrive) On September 18, booklovers around the world can celebrate Read an Ebook Day by enjoying an ebook and sharing their love for reading via social media with their community members.Now in its sixth year, this international holiday was created to celebrate the ease and convenience of digital reading and modern storytelling. To participate, readers choose an ebook and then join the conversation on social media by sharing what they’re reading and why they love ebooks using the hashtag #ebooklove. Participants can also win a Kobo Clara HD eReader device by sharing their #ebooklove on any social media platform.

July 23, 2019

(Overdrive) Public libraries worldwide can now serve their readers faster and keep them coming back by using the “Lucky Day” feature with their OverDrive ebook and audiobook collection. Lucky Day allows libraries to designate digital copies of high-demand, waitlisted titles in their collection as immediately available for patrons. Participating libraries’ patrons can “skip-the-line” and instantly find, borrow and read these titles on a first-come, first-served basis through the Libby app. Libby is the award-winning one-tap reading app from Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.

July 16, 2019

(Overdrive) Traveling in the car during summer vacations or rush hour can be tedious, but now drivers can enjoy listening to audiobooks more easily and safely than ever – and for free. Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app available from 90 percent of public libraries in North America, is now compatible with Apple CarPlay. This feature allows iPhone users with a valid library card to quickly access and control audiobooks through their vehicle’s dashboard display and listen through the sound system. The Libby app, which is also compatible with Android Auto, was created by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.

June 25, 2019

(Overdrive) Following the completion of a successful year-long pilot program, Rakuten OverDrive today announced the July 1st availability of curated Indie Author Project (IAP) ebooks to their partners worldwide. The IAP ebook collections feature award-winning titles from across the world that are hand-selected by Library Journal, Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA), and a network of hundreds of librarians participating in the IAP’s regional indie ebook contests. This is a royalty-paying program to the selected authors, and it is the latest development in the transformation of deeper mainstream public library involvement in the indie book world.

June 18, 2019

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook service for libraries and schools, released data detailing a dramatic increase in reading by K-12 students. Ebook and audiobook reading increased over 240% when students connected their Sora classroom reading app to their local public library versus students solely accessing their school collection. In addition, student time spent reading ebooks and audiobooks nearly doubled since Sora was introduced to K-12 schools in September 2018. More information can be found here.

(Overdrive) Library patrons can travel through history along with millions of readers during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From June 17–July 1, booklovers can borrow LP Fergusson’s harrowing wartime love story, A Dangerous Act of Kindness, from their public library as an ebook with no waitlists or holds. Readers may join by visiting their local library’s website or downloading the Libby app, borrow the title with a valid library card then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. More than 19,000 libraries around the world are participating.

April 16, 2019

(Overdrive) A study released by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries worldwide, reveals that technology has helped Americans find more opportunities to consume books. The shift towards digital content has allowed readers to continue to enjoy books anytime, anywhere on any device – even despite constant demands for attention from the outside world. The study found that over the past year, 43 percent of respondents have read ebooks and 34 percent of respondents have listened to audiobooks – and 87 percent of those respondents are consuming audiobooks while doing other activities.

March 30, 2019

(Overdrive) On March 27 in Washington, D.C., OverDrive Founder and CEO Steve Potash, his wife and co-founder, Loree, and OverDrive’s Executive VP of Publisher Services & General Counsel Erica Lazzaro were sworn in by all nine Supreme Court Justices. They are now admitted to appear and practice law before the Supreme Court. With this honor, Steve, Loree and Erica are qualified to practice before all nine justices.

March 26, 2019

(Overdrive) Marvel Entertainment has teamed up with Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, to offer 600 graphic novel and comic collection titles to OverDrive’s network of 43,000 library and schools worldwide. Patrons and students of participating public libraries and schools will be able to borrow digital versions of renowned series including Avengers, Black Panther, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more. Visit overdrive.com to find a library or school near you. Marvel Entertainment joins OverDrive’s catalog of millions of ebooks and audiobooks including over 31,000 graphic novels and comics from prominent publishers such as DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW, Valiant, Izneo and Titan Comics.

March 19, 2019

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform worldwide, is partnering with the German digital distribution service provider Libreka to bring its ebook and digital audiobook catalog to public libraries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Libreka is one of the largest distributors in Germany representing over 40,000 publishers and more than 1,000 domestic and international trading partners.

January 15, 2019

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive announced today that 65 public library systems exceeded 1 million or more digital book loans in 2018, the most ever to reach this milestone. This illustrates how libraries have transformed using digital lending of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. The total number of libraries represents a significant increase from the 58 systems that surpassed 1 million checkouts in 2017. These libraries are based in the US, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.

January 8, 2019

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for over 43,000 libraries and schools worldwide, reported that 2018 public library spending and usage of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines reached record levels. Libraries served over 274 million digital books to card holders in the past 12 months, a 22% increase over the previous year, which is the highest growth rate since 2015.

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