OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, today announced a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com) that will enable libraries to offer access to Disney’s comprehensive library of books online. Young library patrons and their parents will be able to enjoy — for the first time — unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages with just an Internet-connection and library card. The extensive library features hundreds of digital books available at the click of a mouse, including favorites from popular Disney franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Cars, and Hannah Montana, along with many other classic and contemporary Disney stories.
“Disney Digital Books subscriptions allow libraries to provide instant, simultaneous access to Disney’s magical reading experience through their existing OverDrive-powered website,” said Erica Lazzaro, licensing counsel for OverDrive. “This interactive, browser-based service is the first multimedia offering of its kind for libraries and will enable them to reach more young readers with premium content.”
“Disney Digital Books takes innovation and technology and merges it with Disney characters and stories for a revolutionary experience,” said Yves Saada, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We are thrilled to help libraries continue to provide children with new ways to experience books and foster a love of reading.”
Disney Digital Books is an innovative way for children to experience the joy of reading in a robust and safe online environment. The site offers children of all ages, reading levels, and interests a broad selection of books and features including Look and Listen titles that allow children to hear a story read aloud; a Story-Builder feature so kids can create and share their own stories; and an age-appropriate dictionary that lets children click on any word to hear it read aloud, select unfamiliar words, and read simple definitions.
Libraries will be able to add a subscription to Disney Digital Books using their OverDrive Content Reserve account. Users will authenticate on the existing OverDrive-powered library website, and then the Disney Digital Books website will launch in their browser. The service is PC and Mac® compatible and does not require a download.
OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 10,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac, iPod®, iPhone®, iPad™, Sony® Reader, nook™, Windows Mobile®, Android™, and BlackBerry®. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive 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.