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NLB has 4 million+ ebook checkouts in 2019, according to OverDrive

(9 Jan 2020)  According to the OverDrive data, the number of e-books borrowed rose 15% in the year to 211 million; digital audiobooks borrowed jumped 30%, to 114 million, and 59 million children’s/young adult checkouts took place, a gain of 27% over 2018. National Library of Singapore is among the top 10 libraries which have […]


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KKR to acquire digital reading platform OverDrive

(24 Dec 2019)  KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire OverDrive, Inc. (“OverDrive” or the “Company”), 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. Serving a growing […]


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Overdrive powers hundreds of library ebook clubs globally

(18 October 2016, Frankfurt, Germany)  Publishers, authors and libraries have helped create a worldwide phenomenon by establishing more than 170 digital Book Clubs in 31 countries and on six continents in 2016. At the Frankfurt Book Fair (stand B7 in Hall 6.2), OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, will present […]


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80% of US schools use eBooks or digital textbooks

(2 April 2016) Overdrive has just published a new survey that takes a look at digital penetration in schools in the United States. They take a look at what medium is the most popular and what type of tech devices diligent young scholars are employing to get the most out of their education, says Michael […]


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OverDrive launches the first two public library digital collections in Japan

(14 July 2015) This week Ryugasaki Public Library launched their OverDrive digital collection, becoming the first Japanese public library to do so. Ryugasaki offers their users everything from children’s and young adult literature, graphic novels, manga and nonfiction titles for health and fitness, arts and crafts and much more. In the coming days, Itako Public Library will also launch […]


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Rakuten to acquire OverDrive for $410 million

(19 March 2015, Tokyo) Rakuten, Inc. one of the world’s largest internet services companies, today announced it has agreed to fully acquire OverDrive Holdings, Inc., operator of OverDrive, Inc., a leading eBook and audiobook content marketplace and sharing economy pioneer, for a total consideration of $410 million in cash. “OverDrive is a widely-respected pioneer in […]


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OverDrive’s 10 most frequently asked questions

(2 January 2015) In 2015, more people will use your OverDrive-powered digital library than ever before. To help you stay on top of growing traffic, Overdrive has rounded up the ten most frequently asked questions: 1. How to return digital titles 2. How to reset a download link 3. How to get started 4. How […]


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OverDrive adds more than 200 new publishers to Global eBook catalog for schools and libraries

(8 October 2014) OverDrive, a leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, announced today that more than 200 publishers have joined the company’s network in 2014, 64 of which represent partners outside of North America. Now offering content in 40 languages in more than 50 countries, OverDrive continues to grow […]


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OverDrive adds bestselling Japanese eBooks for libraries and schools worldwide

(13 May 2014)  OverDrive has announced an alliance with top Japanese publisher aggregator MediaDo which will enable distribution of popular and bestselling Japanese content, including manga and adult fiction, through the OverDrive network of libraries and schools worldwide. In addition, the new venture extends the OverDrive platform and catalog of more than 1 million eBook […]


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Libraries reach 102 million digital checkouts during record-breaking 2013

(Cleveland, OH, 14 January 2014)  OverDrive announced today that 2013 was a banner year for libraries and schools with record numbers in digital engagement. Available eBook and audiobook titles, website visitors, eBook discovery and digital checkouts all increased substantially over 2012. A surge in mobile device usage highlights the demand for on-the-go access, with more […]


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OverDrive to provide digital content to Chinese libraries and retailers

(13 September 2013) The China National Publications Import & Export Corporation (CNPIEC) and OverDrive have signed an ePublications Import License Agreement. With this agreement in place, OverDrive can make OverDrive’s catalog of digital content available in China to libraries and retailers. OverDrive will be working with Chinese libraries, schools, universities and retailers in China to […]


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