September 20, 2021

OverDrive Acquires Australian eBook Distribution Company

From an OverDrive Announcement: is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular eBooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives.

[Clip] eBooks live “in the cloud,” are browser-based and do not require the user to first install any software or app. This enables users with PC, Mac®, Linux, iPhone®, iPad, Android and many other mobile devices to instantly access protected titles for both online and offline use. To leverage the success of the browser-based platform, OverDrive will expand the distribution and digital bookstore platforms as well as integrate HTML5 and EPUB reading technologies into OverDrive library and school services.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.