SOURCE: OverDrive, Inc.

September 19, 2007 08:00 ET

Download eBooks Now Available Worldwide for Sailors, Marines, and Coasties

Navy General Library Program Offers Digital Library Access Anytime, Anywhere

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - September 19, 2007) - Navy Knowledge Online has enhanced its digital library with hundreds of educational and entertaining eBooks for Sailors, Marines, and their families to download. After announcing the addition of download video in August, the Navy's digital library has been so popular that they're expanding to include high quality content in all digital formats: audio books, music, video, and now eBooks. The Navy's digital library collection can be viewed at http://navy.lib.overdrive.com, but registered users must checkout and download through https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil.

Thousands of Navy personnel have checked out titles from the digital library, which is accessible worldwide. It allows users to download a wide variety of titles for listening and viewing on a PC or laptop, and then transfer to portable devices, such as Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and dozens of compatible MP3 players. The titles automatically expire at the end of the 10-day loan period and are returned to the Navy's digital library.

The new collection of eBooks offers nearly 400 titles, with heavy emphasis on foreign language and graphic novels. Foreign language learning audio books are consistently one of the highest circulating subjects in the Navy's collection, and the addition of eBooks in more than 10 languages was highly anticipated. Popular graphic novels, such as "The Time Machine" from Stone Arch books, and best-selling "Dummies" books for investing, grant writing, and small business, are also available to download.

"Our foreign language eBooks are the perfect enhancement to our foreign language learning audio collection which has been extremely popular with our users," commented Nellie Moffitt, Navy General Library Program Manager. "We were also looking for something entertaining, and what better than digital comic books, graphic novels, and juvenile fiction for all to enjoy?"

The Navy launched their digital library in 2005. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel and their families have global access to download audio books, eBooks, music, and video from one system, provided by OverDrive, the leading provider of digital media services for libraries.

Questions regarding this service should be directed to Sfly_nglp@navy.mil.

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