OverDrive to add more than 300 new PBS titles to its collection of 4,000 download video titles
(Cleveland, OH) – October 4, 2007 – Libraries will soon be able to lend quality educational and entertainment programming from PBS as downloads. A recently signed distribution deal between PBS (www.pbs.org) and OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) will allow libraries to select from more than 300 PBS programs, including episodes from the Emmy award-winning series American Experience and Frontline, to add to their online collections starting later this year.
OverDrive is the world’s leading provider of download media to libraries with 75,000 audio book, eBook, music, and video titles serving more than 5,000 library partners worldwide. Libraries can select the PBS titles from OverDrive to lend via download from their websites. Examples of award-winning programs include the science series Scientific American Frontiers, history series Empires and American Experience, the investigative journalism program Frontline, and kids’ series Cyberchase and Liberty’s Kids.
“We look forward to bringing our award-winning programs to the library market through OverDrive’s innovative download service for libraries,” said Andrea Downing, PBS Vice President of Home Entertainment. “Download video is an exciting new format for us and this outlet aligns with our goal of increasing distribution of our premium-quality programs.”
“PBS offers a wide variety of educational and entertaining programming that is ideal for libraries, making the relationship a natural fit,” said Erica Lazzaro, Senior Content Acquisition and Licensing Counsel at OverDrive. “Bringing these valuable programs to libraries will help them add to or create a quality download collection that their patrons will appreciate.”
To see if your library is a member of OverDrive’s network, and to find titles of eBooks, audio books, music, and videos available from public libraries, go to www.overdrive.com/search.
PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches 73 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for preK-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS’ premier kids’ TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org), continue to be parents’ and teachers’ most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
About OverDrive, Inc.
OverDrive is a leader in providing world-class infrastructure for downloading premium digital content. We deliver secure management, protection, and download services for hundreds of publishers and institutions (rights holders) and thousands of libraries, retailers, and distributors serving millions of end users. With a global catalog of premium digital titles–including current best sellers–of eBooks, audio books, music, video, and (coming soon) games & interactive software presentable in a single platform, OverDrive offers the industry’s best selection as well as the option to manage, protect, and distribute proprietary content. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH. www.overdrive.com