NEW YORK (4/22/02) - Kluwer announced today the launch of an eBookstore for academic and research professionals. The site, located at ebooks.kluweronline.com, features eBook titles in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) in numerous subject areas, including biology/medical science, chemistry, computer science/electrical engineering, physics/materials science, and social sciences.
Each title has been securely packaged and protected for online distribution and downloading using digital rights management technology through Adobe Content Server. Customers can purchase and download their titles on PCs, laptops and Macs. Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1, available at no cost from www.adobe.com, is used to view the titles. With Adobe's technology, each font, layout and illustration contained within the title is reproduced clearly and accurately in Adobe PDF. A built-in dictionary, two-page layout feature and the ability to resize fonts enable a high quality, interactive reading experience.
"We're pleased to offer our world-renowned print publications in e-format to scientists, researchers, academics and professionals," said Peter Hendriks, Kluwer's Vice President of Commercial Operations. "It will provide our customers with multiple options to reach Kluwer's content."
"Adobe PDF-based eBooks give consumers a visually-rich reading platform that renders complex content clearly and accurately," said James Alexander, Director of eBooks at Adobe. "Using Adobe Content Server, Kluwer can confidently distribute rights-protected eBooks to the scientific and research communities and satisfy their demands for quality and portability."
The eBookstore launched today allows individuals to purchase books using a credit card. Over 150 titles are currently available, with dozens being added each week. Kluwer is also developing an eBookstore offering the same titles that will allow institutions to purchase site licenses.
OverDrive, Inc., (www.overdrive.com) a leading provider of eBook, DRM and digital marketplace technology, supplied Kluwer with end-to-end solutions and services for this online initiative, including the conversion of hundreds of printed titles into Adobe PDF format, retail storefront and backend infrastructure, and a global content clearinghouse for uploading and storage of digital inventory.
Kluwer, located in the Netherlands, Boston and New York, is one of the leading scientific publishers and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer nv. Kluwer annually publishes more than 1500 book titles by reputed researchers from all over the world, and leading authors from all scientific subject areas publish regularly in Kluwer's 750 scientific journals. The electronic platform, Kluwer Online, reaches millions of researchers in more than 50 countries.
About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a multinational information services company with annual sales of approximately EUR 3.7 billion, employing approximately 19,000 in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company's core activities are Legal, Tax & Business, Health & Science and Education information. Wolters Kluwer shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam.
OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com) is a leading provider of eBook, DRM and media marketplace technologies enabling the secure management and distribution of digital media over global networks. As a strategic partner with Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Adobe Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE), OverDrive delivers proven technology for trusted fulfillment and resale of premium content from the world's leading media companies. As a Principal Member of the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), OverDrive is strategically focused on driving specifications and standards for the emerging and rapidly evolving electronic publishing industry. The company was founded in 1986, and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.