Monday, June 25, 2012

Student eBook Use Accelerating in Schools

Thousands of K-12 schools engage students on tablets, smartphones and eReaders

(San Diego, Calif.) - June 25, 2012 -

Schools across the United States and around the world are reaping the benefits of lending eBooks and audiobooks, with usage taking off in school libraries, media centers and classrooms.  OverDrive, a leading supplier of school eBooks and audiobooks, is supporting reading programs and literacy campaigns in more than 3,000 schools for millions of students worldwide. [snip].

OverDrive supplements existing school library collections with digital content available to students anytime, anywhere, on all major eReading devices, computers, tablets and smartphones, including Kindle (U.S. only). The OverDrive children's and young adult catalog encompasses more than 300,000 popular and educational titles—including the Harry Potter series—from publishers like Scholastic Audio, Lerner Publishing Group, Capstone Press, ABDO, Disney Digital Books, Encyclopedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, Saddleback Educational Publishing, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Random House. Currently, OverDrive supplies schools in 41 states and 16 countries.


Building on the success of its eBook platform also in place at more than 18,000 public libraries, OverDrive's Next Generation service enhancements will extend the value for schools during the 2012-'13 school year. The browser-based eReading experience OverDrive Read™ will give readers instant access to eBooks, both online and offline. Similarly, Streaming Audiobooks will enable on-demand access via the OverDrive Media Console apps for Windows®, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry®. School librarians will find powerful tools in the all-new Content Reserve collection development portal, which will integrate Lexile scores, Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader program, and the Fountas & Pinnell assessment system.

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