Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 9 • October 2000
OverDrive Provides E-Book Authoring Tools and Publisher Portals

OverDrive, Inc. has announced the release of its ReaderWorks Standard software, which is available as a free download at OverDrive’s Web portal ( ReaderWorks Standard is an authoring tool that allows educators, authors, publishers, business professionals, and others to convert their documents, text, images, or Web content into Micro-soft Reader eBooks. ReaderWorks Publisher, a customizable, commercial e-book product, is also available.

OverDrive also announced the launch of a series of private Content Management Portals. These Web portals enable publishers to directly control and manage the conversion process from print; desktop publishing; HTML; and other file, image, and text formats into Open eBook repositories for Microsoft Reader or Print on Demand applications. Using the Web portals, 33 publishing companies from around the world successfully delivered hundreds of e-books, converted using OverDrive’s ReaderWorks software, to for the August 8 launch of its Microsoft Reader eBookStore.

Harlequin, Yale University Press, IDG Books Worldwide, and Time Warner are among the publishers who use the private Web portals. According to the announcement, the Web portals provide publishers with convenient, secure access to all their digital assets. They also provide an effective method to manage the e-book development process, which requires new presentation formats, re-engineering of certain book components such as tables of contents and copyright pages, and new marketing information.

“Our Web portals permit each publishing client to directly manage their digital assets through critical stages of production, approval, and delivery from their desktop with standard Web browsers,” said Steve Potash, president of OverDrive. “Recognizing the significant investment by publishers in page design, layout, and quality control to produce the print book, the Web portals provide a dynamic, interactive link between publishers and Over-Drive to review e-book assets, request changes, and approve titles. We ensure each e-book created is provided the careful review and inspection by the publisher it deserves.”

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

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