OverDrive, a supplier of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to libraries and schools, announced that the Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library. While LAPL is the first to offer the service, OverDrive is preparing to roll it out to their entire network, expanding to additional markets in North America and worldwide.
With OverDrive's service, video titles are hosted on the same platform as the library's ebook, audiobook, and music titles, creating an easy user experience where library patrons can browse, discover and borrow videos or other media titles all in one place. Streaming Videos can also be browsed, searched and sampled on the OverDrive Media Station, OverDrive's in-library touchscreen ebook kiosks, and sent directly to any device via email, QR code, or text message (SMS).
OverDrive is going live with several libraries as part of a limited pilot program starting this month.