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Volume 19, Issue 4 April 2002
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Microsoft, OverDrive Debut ReaderWorks 2.0

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 2.0:

  • The ability to create Microsoft Reader eBooks directly from Microsoft Word documents

  • 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 e-book files

  • Enhanced support for external HTML tags

  • Improved support for Open eBook (OeB) and XML tags
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.

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 display.
In addition, leading corporations and publishing and production houses worldwide use OverDrive ReaderWorks to automate e-book production throughout their enterprises.

Source: Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA, 425/882-8080; http://www.microsoft.com.

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