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Volume 18, Issue 6 — June 2001
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OverDrive Opens Content Reserve

OverDrive, Inc. has announced the launch of Content Reserve, a wholesale digital book service for secure distribution of e-books and print-on-demand (POD) files. Except for the wholesale cost of product and digital rights management (DRM) fees for goods sold, Content Reserve’s services for managing a publisher’s digital inventory and for retailers building an online e-book catalog are free of charge to members. In association with Content Reserve’s opening, OverDrive has published The eBook Industry Survival Guide, which is available for free in e-book format at

"Within minutes of logging into Content Reserve a member publisher can upload its e-book and POD titles into a reserve account, set pricing, select DRM terms, and upload marketing information to help retailers merchandise the title. The e-book is then immediately available for member retailers to sell worldwide," said Pamela Turner, Content Reserve’s director. "There is no cost for a publisher to open its reserve account and there is no charge for member retailers to build their e-bookstores from the Content Reserve database of books."

"OverDrive is playing a crucial role in helping make its e-books available through the broadest channels of distribution and in the broadest range of formats," said Laurence J. Kirshbaum, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Trade Publishing. "We’re pleased to be working with a company like OverDrive that shares our commitment to introducing more and more readers to the pleasure and convenience of e-books." [See "AOL Time Warner Introduces" on page 41.]

"Content Reserve was developed so a single copy of each e-book title can be used for secure fulfillment for retailer sales all over the world," said Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO. "Content Reserve manages all the pricing and marketing information and immediately alerts all member retailers to changes made by the publisher."

Content Reserve network members include Prentice Hall Business,, RosettaBooks,, W.W. Norton, Purdue University Press, McGraw-Hill Professional, iPublish,, Warner Books, Cambridge University Press,, and Princeton University Press.

Source: OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland, 216/573-6886;

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