OverDrive to Release eBook Reading Apps
(Press Release) Cleveland, OH, May 19, 2010—OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), a leading distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content for libraries, schools, and retailers, announced that it will release a series of apps that will combine eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive and multimedia content into one user-friendly application. The apps will be available for both mobile and desktop operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry. Millions of end users will benefit from a single software solution for all OverDrive-supplied content, as well as on-the-go access to eBooks from OverDrive-powered library and retail catalogs.
“The significant investments that libraries and retailers are making in premium eBook collections will have even greater value when users can access titles on their mobile devices,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “Existing eBook collections, as well as upcoming interactive and multimedia content in a variety of genres, will be compatible with apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile operating systems.”
Android devices will be the first to experience OverDrive’s app with integrated eBook reading features. The app will enable wireless downloads of premium, copy-protected eBooks, as well as enhanced accessibility and usability features such as text-to-speech. This and other mobile apps are being developed under a license agreement with Adobe and using the Adobe Reader Mobile 9 SDK. All OverDrive apps will support EPUB, PDF, and eBook content protection functionality, including library lending and expiration.
For a preview of the OverDrive eBook apps, as well as other service enhancements, visit booth 3258 at BookExpo America, May 26-27, in New York City (http://bit.ly/bgVSmL). OverDrive will also exhibit in the IDPF Digital Book Zone, booth 2323, at BEA.
OverDrive distributes best-selling and new release digital books to more than 10,000 libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide—with support for Windows, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, nook, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Android. To find libraries and booksellers that are members of OverDrive’s network, visit http://search.overdrive.com. OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com), a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling North America on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads.