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Hoover High School Launches e-Book Library

9-August (HHS) - Students at Hoover High School will have a powerful new resource at their disposal when classes resume later this month. The school has partnered with OverDrive, the leading distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools around the world, to launch a digital library for students and teachers. Hoover High School’s digital library supplements its existing print collection with a selection of popular and educational eBooks and audiobooks accessible on all major eReading devices, including Kindle®, Nook™, iPhone®, iPad®, Windows® and Mac®.

Hoover High School librarian Sonya Jordan has high hopes for the school's OverDrive service, which is on track to launch when classes resume on August 20.

"This will help us reach students who've been using eReaders for years and who've fallen in love with their devices," says Jordan. "As it is, we'll have teachers assign a book in class and the students will say, 'I'll just buy that on my Kindle.' Now, we'll be able to engage those types of students with the school library."

Jordan expects that the digital collection will be a hit with students and cause circulation to rise. "So far, the students who have caught wind that we'll be offering eBooks have been really excited," she says. "We feel we'll see a boost in circulation when students start using OverDrive. Our students are so involved in extracurriculars and volunteer work, a lot of them don't have time to stop in the library. This allows students to benefit from library resources without actually coming in to the facility—though, when they do come in, we're here to help them!"

Given funding shortages affecting Alabama schools, the launch of this digital collection constitutes a big win for students, teachers and the community at large. On August 14, OverDrive representatives Adam Sockel and Beau Livengood will visit Hoover High School to train staff in advance of the launch of digital collection. The training session will provide excellent photo and interview opportunities. Hoover High School librarians Sonya Jordan and Crystal Camp are also available to speak about the school’s ongoing initiatives to maximize use of digital resources.

OverDrive provides Next Generation eBook distribution services for more than 19,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Kindle® (U.S. only), Sony® Reader, Nook™, Android™, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry®. To find a library near you, visit search.overdrive.com.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. www.overdrive.com

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