Media Do International Inc. announced today that it will expand its offering of Japanese titles available on its OverDrive platform. OverDrive is a digital reading service available to libraries and schools around the world.
Exclusive titles include classic children’s comedy manga The brave frog, a Fujio “Gag Manga King” Akatsuka anthology, literary classics, guides to photography, solo camping, travel, and more. Patrons at participating libraries can read and enjoy titles through OverDrive’s Libby library reading app and students at participating schools can read through the Sora student reading app. For a limited time, all OverDrive titles in these categories are available for libraries to purchase at 25% to 50% off.
OverDrive’s Golden Week Japanese content sale coincides with Japan’s annual celebration of national holidays known as Golden Week, which begins on Friday, April 29.and and runs until Thursday, May 5and and includes Shōwa Day (April 29), Constitution Day (May 3), Greenery Day (May 4), and Children’s Day (May 5).
“The expansion of the OverDrive catalog provides libraries, educators and readers with access to an exceptionally diverse and substantial selection of Japanese-language titles from renowned authors, creators, artists, scholars and storytellers. works provide libraries with compelling content to engage the large Japanese diaspora living overseas, bilingual readers and those learning Japanese as well as dozens of manga fans,” said Daihei Shiohama, President and CEO of Media Do International.
“Manga is one of the most popular categories for libraries and English versions of popular series such as BAKI, KILL LA KILL, PERSONA 3 and 4, SHAMAN KING, SHOKU-KING, STREET FIGHTER, GTO and many more. ‘others appeal to a vast legion of avid manga readers who are also library patrons and Libby app users’, adds Winnie Li, Business Development Manager for OverDrive.
OverDrive serves 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries with the largest digital catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, videos, and other publishing industry content. In North America, OverDrive partners with approximately 90% of public libraries and over 52,000 schools and is one of the most widely used digital e-book platforms.
Source: press release