This week, a team of OverDrive executives lead by CEO Steve Potash is holding publisher and library meetings at the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF). The purpose of this trip is to continue to expand the size and breadth of OverDrive’s digital offerings as we increase the amount of Chinese language content available for libraries and schools around the world. In addition, we will continue to work to open opportunities for western publishers in the Far East. While at BIBF, Steve will be a keynote presenter with “Maximizing Digital Distribution to Libraries & Schools with Industry Standard EPUB eBooks,” discussing best practices for global distribution to the growing markets of libraries and schools around the world.
Over the last several years, OverDrive has made a significant investment to increase the amount of global content available for our library and school partners. We now offer 35,000+ Chinese titles from over 500 publishers in our online catalog, Marketplace, both in the U.S. and internationally. Additionally, Marketplace now features hundreds of thousands of titles from publishers in 63 countries and we add new titles each month in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese as well as Japanese, German, Spanish, Polish and many more languages. Titles include bestselling eBooks and audiobooks written in the native language as well as titles translated from English.
Libraries have responded by creating curated collections of community language content. Toronto Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library and Seattle Public Library all provide examples of digital collections featuring thousands of Chinese titles. This content can be found on OverDrive-website home pages and through the advanced search tool. You can see at these libraries that OverDrive also offers a multilingual user experience option in over 13 languages – this feature is available for libraries to add to their sites at no cost.
Throughout BIBF, Steve Potash and the OverDrive team will be discussing how eBooks have become a significant consumer trend and vital contributor to both library and publisher success around the world. If you’re in Beijing this week, be sure to connect with Steve and the team. We’ll also have a team at the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 19-21) if you’d like to schedule a meeting there to learn more about global distribution opportunities with OverDrive.