(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 its global footprint and expand and diversify its catalog of more than 2.5 million in-copyright digital titles.
Earlier this year OverDrive and MediaDo formed a strategic alliance to extend the OverDrive global eBook catalog into the Japanese market, as well as make popular and bestselling Japanese content available to OverDrive’s worldwide network of 30,000 libraries and schools. Through this agreement, Japanese Manga titles, including Arpeggio of Blue Steel, are now live at pilot libraries in the U.S. Initial publishers available through MediaDo include LEED, Group Zero Ltd., Shonen-gahosha, Kaoru tada/minato-pro, M’z-plan, and Thirdline.
This year alone, OverDrive expanded their global network with 127 newly-added international library and school partners in 24 countries. As a result, OverDrive is now supplying eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools in Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Philippines, India, Qatar, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Hungary, Australia, Thailand, U.K., and Columbia, among others, and serving millions of readers and students. New partners such as De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (Phillipines), Dainfern College (South Africa), Baja Libros (Uruguay), and National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan) have all launched digital books services with OverDrive in 2014. In support of global diverse communities, libraries and schools partnering with OverDrive are able to integrate a complete non-English user interface to search, browse and borrow titles.
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