Cleveland, OH:Nov. 14, 2000 - From schoolhouses in the Australian Outback to above the Arctic Circle, eBooks are expanding reading opportunities for educators.
Now, wherever there is a PC and an Internet connection, teachers can create and access an ever-expanding list of books...in electronic form. In a world filled with interactive video games and websites, eBooks seem natural to kids, and they help make learning fun and easy.
To facilitate this reading revolution, OverDrive, Inc. is donating $2.5 million of ReaderWorks eBook authoring software to educators and libraries worldwide. Through the 3e Education Program, which stands for eReading, eWriting and eBooks, OverDrive is committed to encouraging reading and writing by allowing students and educators to take advantage of emerging eBook technology. Application for the software donation program can be found at the 3e Education website: www.overdrive.com/readerworks/edu.
ReaderWorks authoring software allows teachers, educators and students of all ages to easily transform their term papers, book reports, and other content into eBooks for the Microsoft Reader with ClearType(TM). The software allows users to create their own cover art and content, which makes reading, writing and learning more exciting. Students throughout the world will be able to share their stories, experiences, and cultures in an eBook form that can be easily shared through the Internet and the World Wide Web.
3e Education Program participants have seen a difference in their students. Once the kids learn the basic steps of the software, they are amazed at seeing their writing put into book form complete with cover art and by-lines. Educators say that there is a sheer pleasure in seeing students give their thoughts and ideas life.
OverDrive, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a worldwide leader in eBook authoring, content management, and Digital Rights Management tools and services for the ePublishing industry. Its ReaderWorks and Open eBook Format (OEB) products are sold through its website at www.overdrive.com/readerworks. OverDrive has successfully developed and delivered thousands of commercial titles for leading trade, reference, education and business publishers.
About Microsoft Corp and Microsoft Reader
Microsoft's (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) Microsoft Reader with Clear Type technology was introduced in April 2000 with the release of Windows-powered PocketPC devices. On August 8, 2000, Microsoft announced the release of a desktop computer version of Reader, which, like the PocketPC version, provides computer users with a reading experience very near that of paper. Reader can be obtained as a free download at www.microsoft.com/reader/.
About International Education Week
The International Education Week website, which provides useful resources to assist in planning and implementing International Education Week activities, can be found at: http://exchanges.state.gov/iep/.