From an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network
(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) – Consumer Electronics Show – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, Zune®, Sony® Reader™, nook™, and DROID™ by Motorola®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
“During 2009, OverDrive dramatically expanded its global network with the addition of 1,700 retailers, publishers, and libraries,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “We’re enhancing on-the-go access to content through new digital book apps for Android™ and Windows Mobile® phones available now, and apps for iPhone and BlackBerry® coming in 2010.”
Notable online retailers who have recently signed with OverDrive include Read Without Paper in Australia (www.readwithoutpaper.com), Livraria Cultura in Brazil (livrariacultura.com.br), Txtr in Germany (www.txtr.com), InfiBeam in India (www.infibeam.com), Digitalbok.no in Norway (www.digitalbok.no), and Books on Board in the UK (booksonboard.co.uk). These international booksellers join Borders.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and WHSmith.co.uk in offering digital audiobooks or eBooks supplied via OverDrive.
OverDrive has also expanded its catalog of non-English eBooks and audiobooks with titles available in dozens of languages, including a growing collection of Chinese-language eBooks and audiobooks. International publishers that have recently signed with OverDrive include iMinds (Australia), ChineseAll (China), Penguin Canada, The Floating Press (New Zealand), and Kaplan (US). OverDrive currently distributes hundreds of thousands of eBook, audiobook, music, and video titles from top publishers, including Hachette Book Group, Harlequin, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Brilliance Audio, Blackstone Audio, and Penguin.
OverDrive currently powers more than 10,000 libraries worldwide, including institutions in New York City (ebooks.nypl.org), Singapore (singapore.lib.overdrive.com), Toronto (toronto.lib.overdrive.com), and Taipei (taipei.lib.overdrive.com). In 2009, dozens of libraries in the UK joined OverDrive’s global network, including London Borough of Bexley libraries (bexley.lib.overdrive.com) and Liverpool City Council libraries (liverpool.lib.overdrive.com). To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com), a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling North America on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads.
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH. www.overdrive.com