PORTE DE VERSAILLES, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 15, 2001-- eBook companies from around the world are convening this weekend at the Paris Book Fair (Salon de Livre). Paris provides an international setting for the Annual Meeting of the Open eBook Forum, the leading standards body and trade group for the industry. Technology leader OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com) who helped organize the OEBF Annual meeting, will demonstrate best practices for eBook production, Digital Rights Management (DRM) and eBook inventory management at the Paris events and at the London Book Fair.
On Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 9:00 am OverDrive CEO Steven Potash will conduct a 2-hour clinic at eBook Europe 2001. He will demonstrate authoring, copyright protection and inventory management of eBook titles in Microsoft Reader and other popular formats. Mr. Potash will share lessons learned from OverDrive's free, web-based eBook authoring site www.ebookexpress.com. The Company will also exhibit at the London Book Fair, March 25-27.
OverDrive was instrumental in the launch of several major US retail eBookstores including www.barnesandnoble.com and www.previewport.com. The company manages content conversion and secure delivery of titles for dozens of leading publishers including divisions of McGraw-Hill and Random House. OverDrive also provides secure wholesale distribution services from eBook publishers to booksellers.
"OverDrive is uniquely equipped to provide end-to-end solutions to US and International eBook publishers and eBook retailers,'' stated Claudia Weissman, OverDrive's International Manager. OverDrive is a deployment partner for Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ:MSFT - news) products and provides DRM technology for eBookstores operated by Vivendi Universal Publishing in Paris, France (www.epocket.fr), KF Media in Stockholm, Sweden (www.epan.se), and www.pocketmanager.com in Dublin, Ireland. "OverDrive's ePublishing technology is actively used in over 100 countries. Dozens of new secure eBook retail stores are preparing to open soon using OverDrive back office and infrastructure support,'' Ms. Weissman added.
Publishers and booksellers are invited to meet OverDrive at the Paris and London Book Fairs and attend public sessions of the Open eBook Forum. For more information or an appointment please contact Dawn Clark by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling OverDrive at 216-573-6886 ext 207.
For 15 years OverDrive, Inc. has been a B2B technology leader for the commercial publishing and eBook markets. Its tools and content conversion services support all eBook formats including XML, Microsoft Reader (LIT), Adobe eBook (PDF), Open eBook Specification (OEB), Gemstar RocketBook and SoftBook and for Print on Demand (POD). OverDrive is a contributor to the Open eBook Specification (www.openebook.org) and CEO Steven Potash serves on the OEBF Board of Directors. MIDAS Technology provides a .NET approach and ASP business model for deploying Microsoft Digital Asset Server. OverDrive is a proud sponsor of the 2001 Frankfurt eBook Award (www.iebaf.org) and the BookExpo America 2001 Educational Programs. OverDrive, Inc. is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with data centers in the Caribbean and European offices in Amsterdam. The Company enjoys a partnership with Autotext of Denmark and Sweden (www.autotext.dk) and BookZone, Inc., the Net's largest publishing community (www.bookzone.com) of Scottsdale, Arizona.