BBC Audiobooks and OverDrive Announce Distribution Agreement

Feb 20, 2009

BBC Audiobooks announced a distribution agreement with OverDrive, a global distributor of digital audiobooks, eBooks, and more to libraries, to enable BBC Audiobooks content to be made available as downloads to library borrowers. The agreement will see 1500 titles available initially, with a rolling program in place thereafter to make the latest BBC Audiobooks recordings available for library borrowers. The OverDrive platform will allow libraries to pick and choose which titles they purchase. The titles available cover a range of genres published by BBC Audiobooks from popular Radio 4 dramas through to best-selling titles. Once added to a library’s custom download website powered by OverDrive, BBC Audiobooks downloads can be borrowed by anyone who is a member of the library. A library borrower can browse their library’s digital catalogue for titles, check out the digital audiobooks they want using their library card, and download them to their home computer using the free OverDrive Media Console software. The borrowed titles can then be transferred to a compatible MP3 player, and at the end of the lending period, the files automatically expire.