WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 1, 2005) - Today, Jiggerbug (www.jiggerbug.com), an online audio book rental service, announced a new way to deliver their extensive collection of best-selling audio book titles to subscribers--digitally! Based on the Netflix model, current Jiggerbug subscribers enjoy quick and simple mail service delivery of their favorite book titles on either CD-ROM or cassette tape. The new service gives Jiggerbug subscribers the option to instantly download their favorite titles in an easy-to-use, take-it-with-you digital format. Powered by OverDrive technology, digital delivery is ideal for commuters, frequent gym goers, or anyone who wants to create more time in their day by multitasking with an entertaining best-seller, self-help title, or any of the thousands of book options available. Pricing for Jiggerbug's Digital Download service starts at $19.95 per month, and first-time users can try the service for free for two weeks.
Growing time demands make it difficult for many to enjoy the latest "must-read" titles. To bridge the gap between time and desire, Jiggerbug's audio books offer the ideal solution--allowing people to listen to their favorite book or subject during times that may otherwise be wasted (lengthy car commutes, gym time, etc.). By freeing-up the hands, Jiggerbug is freeing-up time for busy executives, multitasking moms and housewives, or anyone who wants to make more efficient use of their day. Audio books (available on tape, CD, or Instant Download) are also the ideal answer for the elderly, beginning readers, or anyone with sight restrictions. With the new Digital Download service option, ordering is as easy as: 1) choose a title and checkout, 2) instantly download the title for immediate playback, and 3) at the end of the loan, the title is automatically returned to the collection--with nothing more to do.
Powered by OverDrive, audio titles will be available in the industry standard WMA format for easy playback on your home computer or on hundreds of portable devices, including MP3 players. The OverDrive Audio Books technology contains advanced accessibility features that make it easy for blind and visually impaired listeners to enjoy titles. Users simply choose their favorite book from Jiggerbug's expansive collection of titles, and download the book for instant, on-the-go playback using an audio device, or listen offline on their PC.
"With podcasting and other forms of instant digital entertainment growing at near exponential rates, we know that our new Digital Download service will be well-received by this burgeoning and savvy group of users," explains Ryan Azevedo, CEO of Jiggerbug. "We are in the process of creating the world's largest repository of best-selling audio book titles and will continue to seek out new ways and technology to make these volumes of knowledge and entertainment readily accessible. With the addition of our new all-digital offering, we are one step closer to that goal."
"Our partnership with Jiggerbug brings download audio books to thousands of subscribers who may otherwise not have access to the materials," says Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, Inc. "It's an exciting opportunity and a perfect complement to Jiggerbug's service."
Designed to be fast, simple, and efficient, Jiggerbug offers members several options depending on readers' audio rental desires. Starting at just $19.95, unlimited rentals are sent one at a time. For fast "readers" who wish two books at the same time, a $24.95 per month membership is available. Additionally, for true book aficionados (heavy readers who want five or more at a time) a premium membership is offered at $39.95 per month.
About OverDrive, Inc.
OverDrive is the leading solution provider for digital media rights and distributes digital audio books, eBooks, and other digital content to retailers, wholesalers, and libraries in the US and the UK. OverDrive offers customized, web-based solutions that enable libraries to loan best-selling digital books and other forms of digital media to their patrons. Current customers include Cleveland Public Library, King County Public Library, Denver Public Library, New York Public Library, and San Jose Public Library, among many others. Strategic technology partners include Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems, Inc., Sirsi, Dynix, and Mobipocket. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and has been producing digital document solutions since 1986. For more information on OverDrive, Inc., please visit www.overdrive.com.
Jiggerbug is an online audio book rental company that has the foresight to know that although life is busy, there is still time to read. Offering unlimited rentals, Jiggerbug makes accessing books quick and easy. Started in 2002 by Internet Entrepreneur Ryan Azevedo and LA Auto Show owner, Lisa Kaz, Jiggerbug offers over 5,000 titles of audio books, home study courses, and seminars. Designed to be fast, simple, and efficient, rental orders are processed and delivered within two to four days. Returns are easier, using a postage-paid return envelope. Jiggerbug is located at 8721 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. For more information, visit www.jiggerbug.com.