Rakuten OverDrive and Libreka present the OverDrive eBook and audiobook platform in German-speaking countries (DACH)

Rudolstadt, 03/18/2019 – Rakuten OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform, is cooperating with German digital distribution service provider Libreka to bring its e-book and digital audiobook catalogue to public libraries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Libreka is one of the largest distributors in Germany, representing over 40,000 publishers and more than 1,000 national and international trade partners. This news will be announced at the Library Congress and Book Fair in Leipzig.

“We are excited about the opportunity to combine Libreka’s market experience and expertise with the strength of OverDrive’s platform and digital book knowledge of our global team,” said Claudia Weissman, Vice President, Global Library & Education, OverDrive. “With its established presence in the DACH region, Libreka brings a unique and valuable understanding of the e-book market as well as a strength in customer service”.

OverDrive’s partnership with Libreka offers many benefits for public libraries and publishers in the DACH region. Libreka was founded in 2006 and has extensive technical knowledge of eBooks and the DACH region, enabling them to provide a high quality service to OverDrive’s library customers. Libreka’s experience with publishers and in-depth knowledge of German-language content will also benefit customers.

“The initial feedback from the libraries is excellent,” said Balázs Csonka, COO of Libreka. “And we have been supplying OverDrive with German-language e-books for worldwide distribution to libraries for a long time. We are pleased to support OverDrive with our industry expertise and our ability to build relationships with libraries and publishers in Germany”.

This partnership strengthens OverDrive’s international presence and offers a strong position in the DACH region. With OverDrive offices in the US, Canada, UK and China and partners such as Libreka in many countries around the world, OverDrive now serves libraries and schools in 76 countries.