OAK BROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 28, 2001--Follett Higher Education Group, the leading higher education bookstore operator, has selected Microsoft Reader as the inaugural format for efollett.com's eBookstore. Distributing electronic books in Microsoft Reader format is a major step in advancing Follett's digital content delivery and services to the higher education market.
From within the efollett.com eBookstore, students will be able to easily download a version of the Microsoft Reader for free enabling them to purchase and download eBook titles. Follett is working with OverDrive, Inc. to distribute content using Microsoft Digital Asset Server (DAS) -- ensuring secure distribution.
The new eBookstore, which opens this week, will offer students hundreds of popular eBook titles for immediate purchase and download.
"We are proud to be working closely with Microsoft to deliver Microsoft Reader eBooks to our higher education customers,'' said Jim Baumann, Follett Higher Education Group President & CEO. "While we recognize that it will take time for the eBook market to grow, we believe that digital delivery of content is the natural next step in the evolution of higher education course materials -- Microsoft Reader will help us be a leader in this market.''
"We're proud that Microsoft Reader will be joining Follett in making this important move into the world of eBooks,'' said Steve Stone, General Manager for Microsoft Reader Product Group at Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT - news). "This announcement reflects the growing momentum of eBooks, which promise to revolutionize the way students obtain books, as well as the benefits that they derive from them. ''
"Follett has selected an exceptional format in which to enter the eBook market,'' said Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, Inc. "OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) is proud to enable these efforts with our comprehensive products and services.''
Students can download Microsoft Reader at no charge from the eBooks tab on http://www.efollett.com/. Microsoft Reader is a PC software application designed to deliver an on-screen computer reading experience that, for the first time, approaches the quality of reading on paper. It is the first product to include ClearType display technology, a Microsoft innovation that greatly improves font resolution on LCD screens for users of desktop or laptop PCs running the Windows operating system as well as selected handheld reading devices. In addition to incorporating the latest ClearType technology, Microsoft Reader strictly adheres to the traditions and benefits of fine typography. It provides a clean, uncluttered display; ample margins; full justification; proper spacing, leading and kerning; and powerful tools for bookmarking, highlighting, annotation, and searching. Free Encarta Pocket Dictionary plugs right in to supply quick lookup functionality.
About Follett Higher Education Group
Follett Higher Education Group is the leading contractor of campus bookstore services and the foremost supplier of textbooks and other course materials in North America. Follett serves more than four million students and over 300,000 faculty through more than 655 stores. Follett's virtual bookstore, efollett.com, is the leading Internet provider of educational products and services for higher education. Follett's mission is to help all college bookstores become world class, multi-channel academic retailers and to support higher education by being the preeminent provider of academic and collegiate products and services.