OverDrive released some impressive 2011 statistics earlier this week. Clearly, anyone dealing with ebooks is having a very busy year and the numbers show it. But OverDrive did share some additional numbers with LJ on Friday after the opening of the exhibition hall at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas.
The most interesting was the growth in the size of OverDrive’s network of libraries. Although now numbering 18,000 libraries worldwide in 21 countries, in the U.S. the number stands at 15,000 libraries (including schools). The interesting part is that last April this number was 11,000.
April was also the month Amazon announced that the Kindle would be integrated into library lending via OverDrive. So, in just about eight months OverDrive was able to effectively increase its customer base by over a third through its association with Amazon.
ALA is estimating that there will be about 425 exhibitors for the conference, with 3,269 personnel registered to work the 82,000 square feet of exhibit space.