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Volume 19, Issue 8 September 2002
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WHSmith Online Launches Palm Reader eBookstore  

OverDrive, Inc. has announced that its partner WHSmith Online, a division of U.K.-based book and magazine retailer WHSmith, has launched an eBookstore that is the first online bookseller to offer e-books in the Palm Reader format. More than 4,000 Palm e-book titles from leading U.K. and U.S. publishers, including HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, St. Martin's Press, and Time Warner, are available for immediate purchase and downloading from the WHSmith eBookstore (http://ebooks.whsmith.co.uk).

The WHSmith eBookstore is powered by OverDrive. Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO, said: "WHSmith has a long history as one of the premier booksellers in the world, and we're honored to be partnered with them. Our solutions make it easy for PDA, wireless, and mobile customers to instantly purchase and download the most popular new releases for immediate enjoyment on their hand-held devices."

Palm Reader, which is available for downloading at no charge from the WHSmith eBookstore, runs on Palm Powered handhelds using Palm OS 3.0 and higher and on Pocket PC handhelds. Most Palm Reader e-books take less than 2 minutes to download and require only a few hundred kilobytes of available memory on the reader's hand-held computer.

WHSmith has over 1,500 stores worldwide that employ more than 32,000 people in 13 countries. It is reportedly the number-one book and magazine seller in the U.K. WHSmith Online is the interactive arm of WHSmith and offers 2.1 million products on its Web site.

Source: OverDrive, Inc., Cleveland, 216/573-6886; http://www.overdrive.com.

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