CLEVELAND – August 31, 2016 – OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook lending platform for libraries and schools, today announced an agreement with Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur Language Programs to be its exclusive international (outside the U.S.) digital wholesaler to public and school libraries and non-exclusively to U.S. public libraries and corporate libraries worldwide. The Pimsleur Language Program offers 50 languages for English speakers and has proven expertise in English as a Second Language (ESL) with programs in 14 languages. Learners spend just 30 minutes a day for 30 days to achieve intermediate-level proficiency and can learn Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and more. The Pimsleur Method allows users to effectively learn a language the way native speakers do by integrating vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation into everyday conversations.
"We're thrilled to make the Pimsleur Language Program catalog available for lending through our network of 34,000 libraries, schools and colleges worldwide," said Karen Estrovich, OverDrive's Director of Collection Development. "Millions of library patrons and students can now learn and speak a new language anywhere, anytime on any device."
The addition of Pimsleur strengthens a robust catalog of 3.3 million eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video titles from more than 5,000 publishers in 50 languages available through OverDrive. The Pimsleur language products will be offered through OverDrive in five lesson and 30 lesson packages.
Students can benefit from their school or district adding the Pimsleur Language Program to their digital catalog to supplement their language learning and ESL programs. More than 4 million students are enrolled in ESL programs in schools across the United States. Learning to speak and understand English has been associated with improved educational outcomes. These self-study courses can help students achieve that goal quickly.
OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform, supplying the industry's largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 34,000 libraries and schools worldwide. We support all major computers and devices, including iOS, Android, Chromebook and Kindle (U.S. only). OverDrive delivers all digital media on a single platform, and offers innovations such as OverDrive Read, the breakthrough EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, and Read-Along eBooks. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and is owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. For more information, visit www.overdrive.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our blog.