SOURCE: OverDrive, Inc.

June 22, 2005 07:30 ET

World's Greatest Classical Music Available via Download From Public Library Websites

Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky Available 24/7 With Internet Connection and Library Card

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 22, 2005 -- McCormick Place, 2005 American Library Association Annual Conference -- OverDrive, Inc. announced today at the commencement of the annual conference of the nation's librarians in Chicago (Booth #1244) that it has expanded its partnership with Naxos of America, Inc., the world's leading independent classical music label, to add thousands of Naxos titles to its Digital Library Reserve catalog for libraries. Audiophiles will be able to visit the websites of leading libraries to browse, select, and download digital versions of the world's greatest classical recordings for listening on a PC, PDA, Smartphone, and supported MP3 audio players. Leading public libraries coast-to-coast already offer a similar service for Naxos Audio Books.

The Naxos Music Library contains over 5,000 thousand classical works brought to life by internationally recognized performers and orchestras. The company has earned wide acclaim for their historic productions including two Grammy Awards, more than 20 Grammy nominations, and dozens of other international awards.

"The Naxos classical music collection contains the historic and cultural music of our time. The digital format permits our library to develop a rich catalog of important, high-fidelity audio titles that preserve, educate, and share these important works," said Cynthia Orr, Collection Manager for Cleveland Public Library.

OverDrive's digital media platform makes it possible for patrons to browse their library's online digital collection and checkout the works anytime of day from anywhere in the world. Audio titles are downloaded directly to a user's computer where they can be listened to or then transferred to a portable MP3 player. At the end of the lending period, typically 14 to 21 days, the digital files automatically expire and are made available for the next patron. Many of the Naxos Classics include an associated eBook with biographical notes that provide in-depth background and historical information about the composition.

"Naxos narrated audiobooks have been providing thousands of hours of enjoyment for patrons from public library websites with the convenience of downloading them from home," stated Jim Sturgeon, CEO of Naxos of America, Inc. "Today's announcement adds digital versions of the most important works of classical music ever recorded to this service from your local public library," he added.

For more information on the project and a listing of libraries currently using OverDrive's Digital Library Reserve service, visit

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