OverDrive expands foreign-language materials

January 18th, 2012 · by spolanka · No Comments

From an OverDrive press release:  OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, has added thousands of foreign-language materials in dozens of genres to its broad catalog of more than 700,000 digital titles available across the globe. OverDrive’s online catalog, Content Reserve, which contains digital books in more than 50 languages, recently added popular and bestselling titles in Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian and Turkish with thousands of Spanish eBooks coming soon.

Recently signed global distribution agreements include:

Spanish: Santillana USA (www.santillanausa.com) offers popular adult fiction and nonfiction, including Agua para elefantes (Water for Elephants), Come reza ama (Eat, Pray, Love) and Conquistadora. Plus popular children’s content, such as Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Middle and high school Spanish titles will make learning an adventure—great for school libraries.

Russian: MintRight (www.rumvi.com), the leading distributor of Russian language eBooks, has chosen OverDrive to distribute popular and bestselling fiction and nonfiction EPUB titles, including Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Cecilia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You.  Other notable Russian authors include Vasily Aksenov, Konstantin Dushenko, Alexander Green, Alexander Skryagin, Vladimir Voinovich and Roman Kartsev. Genres range from Russian folklore to modern literature. All titles boast worldwide rights, so Russian speaking populations across the world can enjoy.

Swedish: PubLit (publit.se) also partnered with OverDrive recently to provide more than 500 popular fiction titles in the Swedish language, including Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, to public libraries worldwide.

Italian: Simonelli Editore (www.simonel.com) offers hundreds of Italian-language works in a wide range of genres, such as nonfiction, biography, health and fitness, reference, fiction, suspense, mystery, thriller, historical fiction and romance. Bestselling titles include Il Corsaro Nero by Emilio Salgari, Colombe maligne by Maria Santini, and Dieci giornalisti e un editore by Luciano Simonelli.

Portuguese: Emooby (www.emooby.com) is the first publisher dedicated to publishing eBooks in Portugal. Notable titles include Derecho A La Ternura by Armando José Sequera, La Eterna Quimera by Jesús García Pérez, and Ser Felices Para Siempre by Ricardo Gil Otaiza. In Content Reserve, libraries will find Portuguese-language content in genres such as juvenile and adult literature, fiction, poetry, fantasy, short stories, science fiction, historical fiction and suspense.

Turkish: More than 200 Turkish-language digital audiobooks are available from SesleKitap (www.seslekitap.com). These WMA audiobooks include classic titles such as Alice Harikalar Ülkesinde (Alice in Wonderland), 80 Günde Dünya Turu (Around the World in 80 Days), and Alaaddin.

Content is also available to libraries and schools from OverDrive in several other languages. More than 9,000 Chinese fiction, nonfiction, lifestyle, cooking, gardening and self-improvement titles have been added to OverDrive’s broad eBook catalog. Additional languages already in the catalog include French, German, Greek, Japanese, Ukrainian and many more.

OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 18,000 libraries, retailers and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone, iPad, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android™ and BlackBerry®. To find a library near you, visit search.overdrive.com.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel 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

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