OverDrive, Inc., a digital library solutions provider of eBooks that can be read on PCs and PDAs, has announced that over 150 publishers have joined its Digital Library Reserve. Titles from Microsoft Press, Merriam-Webster, Barnes & Noble Digital Publishing, Tyndale House, Zondervan, Multnomah, Rough Guides, RosettaBooks, Peanut Press, and others will join eBook collections from Time Warner, HarperCollins Perfectbound, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic for libraries to loan their patrons.
Using the OverDrive system, eBooks can be selected and downloaded from the library's Web site for offline reading on PCs and PDA devices. The eBooks borrowed automatically expire and check themselves back into the collection. Cleveland Public Library, (http://dlc.clevnet.org/); King County Library System, (http://ebooks.kcls.org); and Wright Memorial Public Library (http://ebooks.wright.lib.oh.us/) are among libraries that currently provide the service. Library systems scheduled to offer eBooks to their patrons using OverDrive's service include MetroNet, Michigan; Youngstown, Ohio; Starkville, Mississippi; Essex County, UK; Burlington County, New Jersey, and others.
OverDrive's eBook collection for libraries contains contemporary fiction, thrillers, romance novels, classic literature, how-to, business and finance titles, children and young adult, study and reference guides, and more. OverDrive provides libraries with custom integration services including MARC records for their eBook titles from OCLC.