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Future of OverDrive
#1  PriamX 01-14-2020, 09:45 PM
I have a Kobo Aura One and I use the OverDrive feature to borrow books from my library quite extensively.

I read that Rakuten sold OverDrive off to KKR, and I'm wondering what the future of the relationship will be between Kobo and OverDrive. Is that a feature we may potentially loose?
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#2  jhowell 01-14-2020, 11:06 PM
KKR has agreed to buy OverDrive from Rakuten (press release). The sale has not yet occurred and no date has for that been disclosed.

It is way too soon to tell what impact the sale will have.
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#3  binaryhermit 01-15-2020, 12:03 AM
There was a thread about this that kinda died a couple days ago https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=325932
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#4  fjtorres 01-15-2020, 12:27 PM
Quote binaryhermit
There was a thread about this that kinda died a couple days ago https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=325932
It's not dead.
Just resting.

The deal won't close for months so what comes next Wednesday n-t be kniwn until after that. It'll be business as usual until then and, afterwards, until the contract between Kobo and Rakuten ends.
No immediate danger, if ever.
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#5  HLS 01-24-2020, 05:38 PM
I do not see a reason for things to change. Its a big selling point on KOBOs
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