Wednesday, 19 September 2012

eBooks, audiobooks & other digital content – contract signed

The Libraries Board on behalf of the SA Public Library Network has recently signed a contract with OverDrive for the provision of a state-wide digital content solution that will give library customers access to eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content.

This contract is the culmination of three years of research, consultation, negotiation and project management.

OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content.

OverDrive currently hosts an extensive range of premium digital titles from a range of publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, AudioGO, Harlequin, and Bloomsbury. OverDrive’s digital distribution services are utilized by more than 19,000 libraries, schools, and colleges worldwide. For two consecutive years, OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry.

With a network of more than 19,000 libraries and millions of readers, OverDrive is a global leader in eBooks for libraries and offers support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets. OverDrive offers 24/7 access for customers by using an existing library card.

In the coming weeks the team at PLS and network representatives will work closely with OverDrive to deploy the digital content solution. We have our first meeting with OverDrive next week, after which we will have a better understanding of project timelines. 

And what will the service look like to library customers?

One option is to have an interface similar to that used by public libraries in WA - which you can view here.

Teresa Brook
Acting Associate Director
Public Library Services


  1. I understand that the WA State Library have purchased one copy of the titles they selected and that they will buy extra titles if the demand exists. Will we be following the same procedure?

    1. Hi Coral
      We will be working with collections staff from the public library network to identify the titles we will purchase (& how many copies of each). This will happen in the next few months. I do know that Overdrive has an "alert" mechanism to let you know if there is a queue for certain titles & this can assist in alerting us as to whether we need more copies of specific titles.