November 25, 2020

OverDrive Begins Offering More Than 400 Kodansha Comics’ Manga eBooks to U.S. and Canadian Library Partners

Kodansha Manga eBooks became available to academic and public libraries via OverDrive earlier this week.

From Kodansha:

MediaDo has signed a contract with Kodansha Advanced Media LLC (an affiliate of Kodansha Ltd.) under which [our emphasis] MediaDo and its exclusive partner, OverDrive, will distribute Kodansha Comics’ eBook manga titles to the world’s largest network of digital libraries, including public and academic, in the United States and Canada.

Kodansha Advanced Media will make available more than 400 books from over 50 series in this distribution agreement, including the enormously successful graphic-novel series Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama which has more than 52 million copies in print and has spawned television, film and video game versions. “Fairy Tail” by Hiro Mashima, another extremely popular series, has more than 25 million copies in print and has also been adapted for film and television.

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MediaDo has been entrusted to distribute Kodansha Advanced Media’s contents to North American eBook stores since June 2015. MediaDo and OverDrive announced their strategic partnership in May 2014, providing access to the world’s largest network of libraries that offer eBooks to their users.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Japan: Free Online Manga Browsing Helps Sell Printed Publications (10/14/14)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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