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Harry Potter eBooks Now Available for Library and School Lending Worldwide via OverDrive

From an OverDrive press release:

Libraries and schools powered by OverDrive now lending J.K. Rowling’s popular series
in eBook and digital audiobook formats

Cleveland, Ohio, March 29, 2012 – Ever since the Harry Potter phenomenon cast a spell on readers worldwide, fans of J.K. Rowling’s groundbreaking series have been eager for the chance to check out the novels in digital format from libraries and schools. Now, library patrons and students worldwide can borrow and enjoy their favorite Harry Potter titles on all major eReading devices, thanks to an agreement between Pottermore—the online home of Harry Potter—and OverDrive, the leading eBook supplier to libraries and schools.  The seven-book series is now available in eBook and digital audiobook format at more than 18,000 libraries and schools in more than 20 countries.

To find a participating library or school in the OverDrive network or to launch a digital collection in your library or school, visitwww.overdrive.com/harrypotter.  OverDrive enables libraries and schools to increase reading and literacy with access to Harry Potter and more than 700,000 eBooks, audiobooks, music and video across a full range of subjects.

“Harry Potter has had an unprecedented impact on multiple generations of readers,” said Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive.  “Now that the stories are available for lending in digital formats, libraries and schools worldwide have a powerful new way to reach readers of all ages. Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks have the potential to immerse a new wave of readers in J.K. Rowling’s captivating adventures and inspire a lifelong passion for books and reading.”

The Harry Potter collection is available in EPUB eBook format (and Kindle in the U.S.) as well as MP3 audiobook format.  Initially available in English, additional versions will be available in French, Italian, German and Spanish soon. Readers can access this exciting content  on all major devices, including PC, Mac®, Sony® Reader, Kindle® (U.S. only), NOOK™, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, BlackBerry®, and Windows® Phone.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital 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

Contact:
David Burleigh
OverDrive, Inc.
+1 216-573-6886 x218
dburleigh@OverDrive.com

Articles of Interest: Pottermore version

Great reads today about the launch of e-book sales from Pottermore.

Pottermore Shop (for ebooks, U.S. site)

Announcements:  Potter Available on Nook and Kindle – Digital Book World

You Can Buy the Harry Potter E-Books Now – Here’s What You Need to Know – paidcontent.org

Harry Potter Digital Checkouts Start Thursday – Digital Shift

Why Pottermore Could Change Everything – Digital Book World

What’s the greater fear for publishers? Amazon or Piracy? The Shatzkin Files

Confirmed:  Harry Potter eBooks Are NOT DRM-Free in Kindle Format (or any other bookstore) – The Digital Reader

Pottermore and OverDrive reach exclusive distribution agreement

Big news from an OverDrive Press Release today – they have entered into an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Pottermore.  I’m thrilled to see these popular books become available for library lending sans the exclusive agreements.  Here is more from the press release:

Pottermore, the online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooks created by J.K. Rowling and partnered by Sony, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries.  Under the terms of the agreement, OverDrive, a leading global distributor of eBooks and digital audiobooks, will manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries for the Harry Potter collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks in English and more than 20 other languages to OverDrive’s growing network of over 18,000 public and school libraries worldwide.

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