OverDrive, Inc., a digital media distributor, has launched School Download Library, a new service for students, educators, and parents to borrow and download audiobooks and ebooks.
School Download Library comes pre-loaded with a collection of 740 titles with simultaneous access to every title by all students. The collection includes hundreds of titles organized by grade level and age with many available in both audio book and ebook formats. After downloading free software on a computer, students search or browse School Download Library and then download and listen or read the selected title(s). The service requires an internet connection and a valid student library card. School Download Library titles can be listened to or read on laptops, computers, Pocket PCs, PDAs, Smartphones, and MP3 players. At the end of the loan period the download automatically expires. School Download Library features a selection of classics, modern literature, picture books, foreign language learning, and study guides. Some of the authors included in the collection are Jane Austen, H. G. Wells, William Shakespeare, Henry David Thoreau, James Joyce, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Sinclair Lewis, Douglas Adams, William Styron, Beatrix Potter, and Margaret Atwood.
In addition to the core collection, educators can add titles to School Download Library from over 50,000 audio book and ebook titles offered by OverDrive.