OverDrive to Distribute MP3 Audiobooks Without DRM at Borders
OverDrive, a digital book distributor to online retailers, libraries and schools, announced that it will expand its catalog of download audiobooks to include titles in MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM). Borders Inc. will be the first bookseller to offer OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks without DRM, both online at http://Audiobooks.Borders.com and at Digital Centers inside select Borders store locations. These audiobooks will be compatible with nearly every mobile phone and MP3 player, including iPod and Zune.
OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks will go on sale in May and offer thousands of titles from publishers including Random House Audio, Blackstone Audiobooks, Hachette Book Group and Books In Motion.
“OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks will dramatically increase the market for download spoken-word titles through our global retail network,” says Erica Lazzaro, OverDrive senior licensing counsel. “Publishers, authors and customers will benefit from MP3 compatibility of audiobooks with millions of mobile phones and MP3 players, including the iPod.”