OverDrive is getting ready to exhibit at Frankfurt Book Fair later this week, and today they put out a press release tooting their own horn. While I would normally be inclined to ignore their press release, after I researched the figures I realized that there were indeed a few newsworthy details.
OD now boasts 27,000 partner library and schools in 36 countries around the world, and it was around this time last year that OD claimed 19,000 partners. In other words OverDrive has added 8,000 new partners in the past year.
Just to put that into perspective, OverDrive’s 3 main competitors (3M Cloud Library, Axis360, and MyiLibrary) have, between the 3 of them, fewer than 8,000 partner libraries. This means that in the past year OD has added more new partners than all 3 of its competitors combined.
Do you know how I gripe about the major publishers not wanting to sell ebooks to libraries on reasonable terms? Something tells me that doesn’t really matter as much as I might think.
And in related news, OverDrive also reported that they have signed 100 new publisher partners from 18 nations, including Hardie Grant Publishing (Australia), Xinjiang Juvenile Publishing House (China), Scottish Book Source Limited (U.K.), and TED Books (U.S.). They now have a catalog of over 1.8 million ebook and audiobook titles in 64 languages.