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OverDrive Adds Hachette eBooks to Catalog

Digital book distributor OverDrive has signed a partnership with the Hachette Book Group to make its entire eBook catalog available to more than 22,000 libraries and schools globally.

The eBooks will become available at OverDrive-powered libraries and schools in the U.S. and Canada on May 8th. This includes more than 5,000 Hachette eBooks from authors including: David Baldacci, Sara Zarr, Sandra Brown, James Patterson, David Sedaris and Kate Atkinson.

“Hachette Book Group offers many of the most beloved authors and series in the world and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them to our OverDrive network,” explained Erica Lazzaro, director of publisher relations at OverDrive, in a statement. “We’ve worked hard to support and advocate for libraries by adding the top publishers and most popular eBooks and audiobooks, and bringing Hachette into the fold reaffirms the important role that libraries play in connecting readers with books and authors.”

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OverDrive To Add Video & Audio Streaming From Libraries

OverDrive, the eBook distribution platform that supports eBooks check outs at more than 22,000 libraries across the country has plans to add a feature to its app that will let you stream videos and audio files from your local library.

While libraries offer DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, they have not previously been able to lend digital editions of video and audio content. The new feature will let libraries distribute videos, audiobooks and music on any device with a web browser and an Internet connection. It is pending publisher approval, however, so the selection could end up being limited.

Here is more from OverDrive: “Scheduled for launch later this year, OverDrive’s streaming services are secure and will extend the reach of libraries’ digital collections thanks to virtually unlimited device compatibility. Users will enjoy quick and easy access to their library’s catalog of OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music on any device with a web browser and an Internet connection. The streaming technology will dramatically enhance discovery and access to libraries’ existing collections of WMV and WMA titles, pending publisher approval.”

OverDrive App Has 16M Downloads in 2012

OverDrive, a company that powers eBook distribution for schools and libraries, reported today that its number of registered user sessions was up 93 percent, in 2012 as compared to 2011. According to a new report from OverDrive, the company had 192 million registered visitor sessions last year, which was a huge spike from the prior year. According to the report, OverDrive Media Console’s app had 16 million downloads in 2012 and mobile visits now represent 47 percent of all visits.

OverDrive also reported that 70 million digital titles were checked out from its platform in 2012 and that 2.7 billion digital pages were viewed, which was up 65 percent from 2011. The OverDrive catalog, which is available at a network of more than 22,000 libraries and schools, now includes 1 million pieces of media. This includes eBooks, audiobooks, and music and video titles, 300,000 of which were added in 2012. Read more

Digital Book Distributor OverDrive Has Record Year

Digital book distributor OverDrive has a record year last year, as the company expanded its services in retail, OEM, library, and schools in more than 20 countries. In 2010,  the company added a record 185,000 eBook, audiobook, music, and video titles wto its catalog.

The company expanded its catalog so broadly by forging new partnerships with publishers including Macmillan, Random House Germany, Random House India, Macmillan Education, Faber Factory, and Carlton Books Ltd. These publishers joined OverDrive’s existing partners, Books on Tape, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Harlequin, Marvel Comics, McGraw-Hill and TOKYOPOP.

Earlier this week, OverDrive launched an iPhone app in which consumers can download library books directly from their local libraries to their phone.

John Grisham eBook Hits Top Three For Library Downloads

While Stieg Larsson’s eBooks continue to be the most popular adult fiction downloaded from libraries, John Grisham’s The Confession climbed to No. 3 last month in OverDrive’s “Most Downloaded Books from the Library Lists.”

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love; Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler remained the Top 3 library downloads in the adult non-fiction category. AndStephenie Meyer’s three Twilight titles continued to hold the Top 3 most downloaded eBooks in the juvenile fiction category in November.

Decision Points, the new memoir by former president George W. Bush joined the list as the second most downloaded audiobook in the adult non-fiction category. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell was number 3.

Follow this link to check out all of the most popular downloads from libraries lists for November.

OverDrive To Upgrade iPhone App

Digital book distributor OverDrive has a new iPhone app coming out and the above video is a preview of it. OverDrive currently has an audiobook iPhone app, but the new one will work for eBooks and audiobooks.

The new app lets you find nearby libraries to link to the digital catalog for the library, so you can download books from your local library directly to your phone.

The app is currently slated for release in early December. It will support OverDrive-supplied ePUB files and OverDrive MP3 audiobooks. OverDrive also has plans for a new iPad app and an Android app to follow these

OverDrive Partners For Investment

EBook distribution company OverDrive has raised some new capital. Private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, a company that finances technology firms, has signed on to invest an undisclosed amount of money in OverDrive. The investment, which is subject to regulatory approval, will help finance “additional resources” for OverDrive, according to a press release.

OverDrive is best known for distributing eBooks in libraries and in retail stores throughout the U.S. The company distributes eBooks, audiobooks, music and video to more than 11,000 retailers, libraries and schools and even runs a digital book mobile. OverDrive distribues content from publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin, Hachette, McGraw-Hill and John Wiley.

Larry Handen
, managing director at Insight Venture Partners had this statement: “We are particularly excited about OverDrive’s strong growth, market leadership, and commitment to customers. Our investment coincides with the 20th consecutive quarter of continuous profitability. This is a tribute to the company’s management team.”

OverDrive Extends Its Business To Europe

OverDrive, an eBook distributor for retailers, schools and libraries, is expanding its presence in Europe. The distributor has hired publishing veteran Johanna Brinton to serve as the Director of Business Development for Europe.

In her new position, Brinton will manage OverDrive’s EU publisher services, retail and e-commerce businesses.

As part of its international expansion, this week OverDrive will be previewing enhancements to its distribution services at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This includes new eBook and audiobook apps for Windows and Android devices, as well as for the iPhone and iPad.

Recently OverDrive extended its library by partnering with Project Gutenberg to distribute public domain books to libraries.

Stieg Larsson And Twilight Dominate eBook Downloads At Libraries

Stieg Larsson dominates eBook library downloads in September, according to digital book distributor OverDrive.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest were the top 3 adult fiction eBooks on OverDrive’s ‘Most Downloaded Books from the Library’ list for September 2010.

The top three adult nonfiction eBook titles for September were Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler.

When it comes to juvenile fiction, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books dominated. Breaking Dawn, Twilight and Eclipse were the top 3 juvenile eBooks downloaded through OverDrive.

Follow this link to see the top audiobook downloads.

Libraries Educate Members On eReaders

Libraries are getting more on board with eReaders these days. OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile has been demonstrating how to download digital books from public libraries at various locations across the nation. Sony is launching a new eBook tutorial program in libraries. And this week, a library in Fall River, MA, is hosting a tutorial on how to use Barnes & Noble’s Nook eReader.

The Herald News reports: “On Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Tiverton Essex Library, 238 Highland Road, will host staff members of Barnes & Noble to demonstrate, answer questions and provide an opportunity to experience the Nook eBook reader.”

Does your local library have eBooks yet?