NASHVILLE, TN and CLEVELAND, OH (June 2002) - Abingdon Press and OverDrive, Inc. announced today that Abingdon Press eBooks are now available for wider online distribution through OverDrive's Content Reserve Digital Content Network. Abingdon Press is the publishing arm of The United Methodist Publishing House. OverDrive, Inc. is a leading provider of eCommerce, digital rights management (DRM) and digital media marketplace solutions. Content Reserve is a global digital content clearinghouse with thousands of titles from over 350 publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic and Zondervan. Every Abingdon Press title will be protected from unauthorized distribution using DRM technology from Microsoft Corporation and Adobe Systems, Inc.
Abingdon Press, an imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, will be adding their religious titles to Content Reserve, including all of Lyle Schaller's church leadership books and many daily devotional titles. In addition to the Schaller selection, Abingdon Press will announce its eBook offerings with a new line of original church leadership books: The Convergence eBook series. The first three titles in the series are Unfreezing Moves by Bill Easum, Road Runner by Tom Bandy, and A Prophetic Compass for the Emerging Church by Tom Hohstadt. With the new launch of its eBook product offering, Abingdon will be the first to release the downloadable Microsoft Reader edition of The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.
"Abingdon Press is highly motivated to offer eBooks to retailers and consumers," said Paul Franklyn, Director of ePublishing for Abingdon Press. "Content Reserve's expertise in eBook fulfillment and digital rights management services is helping us build upon our established business and offer our customers the greatest selection of religious products available. Our objective now is to encourage more religious publishers to jump into the inevitable eBook movement."
Pamela Turner, OverDrive's Director of Content, said, "We're pleased to welcome Abingdon Press into our growing network of publishers. The addition of the Abingdon titles will enable our retailers, such as BarnesandNoble.com and WH SmithOnline, the ability to choose from a wider selection of religious content to offer their customers."
About Abingdon Press
Abingdon Press has a distinguished record in religious publishing for a broad ecumenical audience, and specializes in products for church leaders as well as scholars and students engaged in theological education and the practice of ministry. Abingdon Press offers a wide array of quality academic, professional, reference, and devotional titles to enrich the ministries of the church. Hundreds of new titles are published each year and are available directly from Abingdon Press, at Cokesbury Christian Bookstores, online at www.Cokesbury.com, and at other booksellers. The titles are also distributed through Ingram, Spring Arbor, and Riverside.
OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com) is a leading provider of eBook, eCommerce and DRM 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.