CLEVELAND, OH:Sept. 14, 2000 OverDrive, Inc., a worldwide leader in eBook tools and services announced today that it opened its 3e Education Program website to provide free software to the education market.
The "3e Education Program" stands for eReading, eWriting and eBooks and any school, university, or other educational institution may apply through the website for the free products. The ReaderWorks software will provide teachers, students and education professionals with the ability to create eBooks for Microsoft Reader with ClearType. Through its website at the URL www.overdrive.com/readerworks/edu, OverDrive will distribute to educational institutions worldwide over 10,000 units of ReaderWorks Publisher software and 500 units of ReaderWorks Software Developers Kit (SDK). The program has a combined retail value of over $2.5 million.
OverDrive is the developer of ReaderWorks software that converts documents and images to the new Microsoft Reader eBook (.LIT) format. ReaderWorks Publisher is an easy to use PC software application that provides tools for developing Microsoft Reader eBooks from HTML, text files and images. It provides the ability to customize the cover, Table of Content and other aspects of the eBook. System requirements include a PC operating Microsoft Windows 98 or higher.
"We are delighted to contribute software products that will enable classrooms around the world to express themselves in the new eBook medium that Microsoft Reader represents," stated Steve Potash, OverDrive president. "Throughout our partnership with Microsoft, we have been very impressed with their commitment to education" he added.
"OverDrive's donation of eBook authoring software to further the utilization of Reader within the educational market segment is a generous initiative and helps promote the transition to away from paper in this important market," stated Dick Brass, vice president of technology development for Microsoft. "We're looking for teachers, students and other educators to find creative outlets for using the Reader format for course work, book reports, term papers, and more," Brass added.
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. It's 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 (Nasdaq:MSFT) 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 Microsoft.