New York, NY (May 31, 2005) - childrenselibrary.com, the number one source for children's eBooks from major publishers, announced today a non-exclusive distribution agreement with OverDrive that will bring the company's acclaimed collection of children's eBook titles to nearly a thousand libraries nationwide. These include New York Public Library, Seattle's King County Library System, Cleveland Public Library, Denver Public Library, and hundreds more.
childrenselibrary.com is a 2005 Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards Program Finalist. The vast childrenselibrary catalog includes over 2,000 of the finest children's eBooks from leading publishers and licensors, including hundreds of multimedia eBooks. childrenselibrary.com is acclaimed as the foremost producer of children's picture books in eBook format, but also includes hundreds of non-fiction, middle grade and young adult (YA) titles among its selections. Among their titles are high quality eBook versions of works originally published in print by Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, HarperCollins, Penguin USA, Scholastic, and Little Brown. Notable selections for early readers include beloved classics such as "The Wizard of Oz" (with photos from the MGM classic film), "The Brother's Gruff," and "Eency Weency Spider". There are also modern favorites like "Shrek" and "Barney", and for teens, the graphic novels of Ray Bradbury, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe."
"This agreement further extends access to our unique collection of beloved children's books, for pre-K through YA, to millions of library patrons," stated Byron Preiss, CEO of childrenselibrary. "The OverDrive Digital Library service provides parents, teachers, and children access to great learning and literature in portable and easy-to-use formats from the websites of their local public library," Mr. Preiss added. "As a co-pioneer with my long-time friend Steve Potash in this field, we are excited about increasing the availability of titles to library patrons."
"childrenselibrary represents the best in children's literature and takes advantage of interactive features that are only available in eBooks. The quality of their children's eBook collection is unmatched and the interactive tools make them a pleasure to read," said Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive.
OverDrive's Digital Library Reserve (DLR) provides library patrons with online access to the most comprehensive collection of popular digital media. More information is available by visiting http://www.childrenselibrary.com or http://www.dlrinc.com.