|Microsoft Corp. and OverDrive, Inc., providers of e-book, digital rights
management (DRM), and digital media technologies, have announced the introduction
of ReaderWorks 2.0, a suite of e-book authoring and conversion tools for
creating Microsoft Reader eBooks with Microsoft ClearType display technology.
According to the announcement, ReaderWorks 2.0 products include the
following new and enhanced features that take advantage of Microsoft Reader
OverDrive also offers OverDrive Connect, an ASP that enables Web site content
to be instantly delivered to visitors as Microsoft Reader eBooks. By adding
a link from a Web site to the OverDrive Connect Server, readers can immediately
download any article, document, manual, or Web page to their computer,
notebook, or Pocket PC. With optional DRM technology, premium content and
copyrighted material can be securely wrapped and protected for distribution.
The available Software Developers Kit (SDK) can be used to automate the
e-book process and convert documents, Web site pages, and entire libraries
into the Microsoft Reader eBook format.
The ability to create Microsoft Reader eBooks directly from Microsoft Word
Navigation Workspace and Tour Wizard tools for creating custom tours through
an e-book title
Table of contents support for Microsoft Word Bookmarks and additional styles
Flexible e-book cover page options, including support for building smaller
Enhanced support for external HTML tags
Improved support for Open eBook (OeB) and XML tags
ReaderWorks Standard 2.0 is available at no charge. ReaderWorks Publisher
2.0 has a suggested list price of $149 and is on sale for $119 for a limited
time. Current ReaderWorks 1.0 users are eligible for a variety of free
and discount upgrade deals. OverDrive also offers an SDK to enable the
automation of e-book production throughout the enterprise. The ReaderWorks
products can be downloaded at http://www.overdrive.com. Microsoft Reader
2.0 can be downloaded for free at http://www.microsoft.com/reader.
According to the announcement, morethan 250,000 people and thousands
of schools and publishers worldwide have used OverDrive ReaderWorks to
build Microsoft Reader eBooks with a clean, dynamic layout and print-like
In addition, leading corporations and publishing and production houses
worldwide use OverDrive ReaderWorks to automate e-book production throughout
Source: Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA, 425/882-8080; http://www.microsoft.com.