Overdrive is primarily responsible for the digital infrastructure for libraries to loan eBooks, audiobooks and videos to their patrons. The company has announced that 2013 has been a year of exponential growth and that they have signed up over 500+ new libraries to join the eBook revolution.
Joining the international OverDrive network in 2013 are booksellers in Malaysia, Turkey, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Canada, Germany, Norway and Taiwan. The most recent addition was Big W, one of the largest brick-and-mortar department store chains in Australia. This is Big W’s first time offering eBooks to customers.
“OverDrive’s network has grown to 27,000 libraries and schools in 36 countries, providing tremendous discovery opportunities for readers around the world,” said Claudia Weissman, VP of International Sales at OverDrive. “Awareness and engagement with local libraries and schools has skyrocketed as eBook and audiobook circulation continues to reach new milestones each month.”
Overdrive is poised to grow even further in the coming year, with a new agreement signed with China. The China National Publications Import & Export Corporation and OverDrive signed an E-Publications Import License Agreement in an official signing ceremony a month ago.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.