SOURCE: OverDrive, Inc.

November 03, 2005 07:27 ET

Pasadena & Glendale Public Libraries Are First in Nation With Download Classical Music

Audiobook, eBook, and Digital Music Library Showcased at California Library Association Annual Conference

PASADENA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 3, 2005 -- At The California Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference that opens this weekend, California librarians will be viewing and listening to the Pasadena / Glendale Digital Library, a service that launched today and becomes the first public library in the nation to provide high-quality digital classical music titles for download alongside best-selling eBooks and audiobooks. The service at http://pas-gdl.lib.overdrive.com offers immediate download access to audio books by best-selling authors Dean Koontz and Nora Roberts, eBooks by Candace Bushnell and Lisa Scottoline, and the most beloved recordings of all time from the Naxos Music Library including:

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons & Wind Concertos
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker & Swan Lake
VERDI: Opera Choruses
PUCCINI: Madame Butterfly
MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos 20 and 21
HAYDN: String Quartets Op 76, Nos 2 - 4
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto
BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos 5 and 6
"The new Pasadena / Glendale Digital Library service provides our communities with 24/7 access to several forms of popular download media," stated Bryan Sands, Information & Technology Manager for the Pasadena Public Library. "We provide download self-help and education eBooks for reading and print, audiobooks for commuters, and high fidelity classical music recordings for our audiophile's enjoyment," he added.

Using Pasadena or Glendale library cards, patrons can checkout and download a variety of popular fiction, self-help, business, children's, and reference titles and read them on their PCs and Macs or listen to them on Pocket PCs and MP3 players that support protected Windows Media format. Similar digital book libraries are now in use by Los Angeles Public Library, San Jose Public Library, and hundreds of others.

The service was developed for the libraries by Digital Library Reserve and book and music content is licensed through OverDrive, Inc., a leader in digital services to publishers, retailers, and libraries. OverDrive has partnered with leading publishers including HarperCollins, Time-Warner Book Group, Brilliance Audio, Blackstone Audiobooks, and library automation leader SirsiDynix. CLA attendees can view live demonstrations of the Pasadena / Glendale Digital Library service in OverDrive's Booth # 225 at the Pasadena Conference Center.

"OverDrive is dedicated to providing librarians with growing sources of premium digital media," stated Claudia Weissman, Director of Business Services for OverDrive. "The portable digital formats for eBooks, audio books, and digital music offer countless advantages for readers, business travelers, and students. Users find the fact that there is no need to return items extremely convenient; when the loan period is over the file expires and the materials are automatically checked back in," Ms. Weissman added.

About OverDrive - Digital Library Reserve (DLR):

OverDrive & DLR provide digital media solutions for leading retailers, publishers, and libraries in the US and abroad. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information visit www.dlrinc.com.

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