November 28, 2015

OverDrive Acquires, a Marketplace for K-12 Teacher Created Resources

OverDrive has acquired New Jersey-based, a company/platform that supplies teacher-created K-12 educational materials. Teachers can open their own “shop” to sell the materials they develop.

From OD:

OverDrive announced today that it has acquired, a leading online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. enables teachers to not only browse free and low-cost instructional resources, but also to create their own “shop” where others may purchase their original was founded by Debbie and Steve Esemplare as a way to solve a need in the education space for shared classroom resources and an easily-accessible, collaborative environment. Debbie is a former New York City kindergarten teacher and Steve is a software developer. Together, they have grown to be one of the most widely-used online marketplaces for teacher-created educational materials.

Debbie and Steve will continue to lead efforts while leveraging OverDrive’s reach in the K-12 market.

“This type of exposure for our shops is an absolutely amazing opportunity and something we could not pass up,” said Debbie Esemplare. “Giving teacher authors the biggest platform we can to share their resources has always been, and will always be, one of our primary goals.”

More than 550,000 teachers use as a collaboration, inspiration and marketplace hub for thousands of free curriculum materials as well as a growing catalog of more than 90,000 affordable educational resources aligned with Common Core state standards, subjects and targeted grade levels. users the slogan, “Where teachers find, share, and sell teacher created, classroom tested resources.”

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