|OverDrive, Inc., a provider of e-book, digital rights management (DRM),
and media marketplace solutions, has introduced Digital Kiosk, an all-in-one
online vending machine for the sale of protected digital content. OverDrive
supplies complete merchant account services and DRM technology with each
ready-made Digital Kiosk, enabling publishers and retailers to protect
and sell e-books, audiobooks, music, and digital media over the Web.
Digital Kiosks provide a complete retail system with a catalog, a shopping
cart, real-time credit card processing, secure hosting, and 24/7 technical
support. According to the announcement, anyone can open a Digital Kiosk
to merchandise, protect, and sell e-books, newsletters, reports, journals,
music, video, and audiobooks using DRM technologies from Microsoft Corp.
and Adobe Systems, Inc. Digital Kiosk shoppers can purchase and download
products to PCs; laptops; Pocket PCs; and portable media players, such
as Windows Media Player.
"Now any publisher can sell e-book and digital audiobook products directly
from their own Web site," said Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO. "The one-time
setup fee for a fully featured Digital Kiosk is less than $5,000, including
DRM, and [is] ready to generate revenue immediately. Kiosks also include
a retail account with OverDrive Content Reserve (http://www.con
tentreserve.com), providing access to an extensive inventory of resalable
premium content from over 300 publishers, including HarperCollins, Random
House, and McGraw-Hill."
Digital Kiosks feature a Direct Buy Link in which each product has its
own unique URL. Publishers, agents, and authors can promote product sales
by applying a Direct Buy Link to a specific title in Web pages, e-mail,
print ads, and materials.
Digital Kiosk also includes the following:
According to the announcement, Digital Kiosks are the result of OverDrive's
success in providing media marketplace solutions, including retail storefronts
for divisions of London-based WHSmith, Paris-based Vivendi Universal, and
Follett Corp. in the U.S. OverDrive is a partner with Microsoft and Adobe
Systems and is a principal member of the Open eBook Forum, which is focused
on driving specifications and standards for the electronic publishing industry.
Professionally designed Kiosk templates (skins) branded with company name
Support for international use, including processing of global currencies
Flexible merchandising and promotions for featured titles
Web-based administration and management of the Digital Kiosk store
Real-time merchant credit card services for MasterCard, Visa, and American
DRM services for suppliers who wish to manage licensing rights and protect
Source: OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland, 216/573-6886; http://www.overdrive.com.