May 22, 2022

OverDrive Will Make Transactional Pricing Available With New Streaming Video Content From Warner Brothers

OverDrive has announced that transactional pricing (what they call pay-per-checkout)  will be available for hundreds of streaming video titles from Warner Brothers.

This is the first time that OverDrive has offered content using this pricing model. The deal with Warner Brothers was formally announced yesterday.

Other distributors of content to the public library market including Hoopla, Freading, and Freegal offer transactional pricing.

At this point the transactional pricing/pay-per-checkout model will be available only for the Warner Brothers video titles but we wouldn’t be surprised to see OverDrive offering it with other content/formats in the future.

The Warner Brothers video will be available to public and government library partners in the U.S. and Canada and should become available in the OverDrive Marketplace in the coming weeks.

Here’s a few of the titles that will be available for lending:

  • I am Sam (Academy Award nomination for Best Actor: Sean Penn),
  • Natural Born Killers (Starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, Golden Globe nomination for Best Director: Oliver Stone)
  • Insomnia (starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, Directed by Christopher Nolan)
  • Life as a House (SAG Awards nominations for Leading Actor: Kevin Kline; Supporting Actor: Hayden Christensen)

We will update this post when we learn more.

About Gary Price

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.