Media Do International Inc. announced today that it will be expanding its offering of Japanese titles available on its OverDrive platform. OverDrive is a digital reading service available to libraries and schools worldwide.
Exclusive titles include classic children’s humor manga The Gutsy Frog, a Fujio “Gag Manga King” Akatsuka anthology, literary classics, guides to photography, solo camping, travel, and more. Participating libraries’ patrons can read and enjoy titles through OverDrive’s Libby library reading app and participating schools’ students can read through the Sora student reading app. For a limited time, all OverDrive titles across 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 observance of national holidays known as Golden Week, which takes place beginning Friday, April 29th and runs thru Thursday, May 5th 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 acclaimed authors, creators, artists, academics, and storytellers. These works provide libraries with compelling content to engage the large Japanese diaspora living abroad, bi-lingual readers and those learning Japanese as well as scores of manga fans,” says DaiheiShiohama, President and CEO of Media Do International.
“Manga is one of the most popular categories for libraries and English language versions of popular series such as BAKI, KILL LA KILL, PERSONA 3 and 4, SHAMAN KING, SHOKU-KING, STREET FIGHTER, GTO and many more appeal to a vast legion of avid manga readers who are also library patrons and Libby app users,” adds Winnie Li, Business Development Executive of OverDrive.
OverDrive serves 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries with the publishing industry’s largest digital catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, video, and other 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 eBook platforms.