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July 9, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Fathom, OverDrive Partner to Make Learning Available as E-Books

Fathom has partnered with OverDrive (http://www.overdrive.com), a provider of e-book technology services, to allow visitors to the Fathom Web site (http://www.fathom.com) to download thousands of lectures, interviews, articles, and learning materials in Microsoft Reader format. Fathom's member institutions' faculty, researchers, and curators present a wealth of knowledge across every area of interest—from business to global affairs and from the arts to technology. As a result of this partnership, visitors to the Fathom Web site will be able to search or browse on any subject and find online learning material from over a dozen institutions like Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science and download these materials to their computer, laptop, or Pocket PC. (For more information on Fathom, see the April 10, 2000 NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17822).

"The technology developed with Fathom is actually quite revolutionary," said Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive. "With a connection to OverDrive's ReaderWorks servers—and no additional software—we are dynamically converting Fathom's JHTML files into Microsoft Reader eBooks. The extension of this e-book technology, pioneered by Fathom, is available so that any Web site can offer users the benefits of reading off-line using Microsoft Reader."

OverDrive provides Open eBook (OEB), .LIT, XML, Adobe PDF, and print-on-demand (POD) conversion services for the e-publishing industry. Its products for e-book authoring include its free online service at http://www.ebookexpress.com and ReaderWorks for commercial e-book authoring and on-the-fly e-book authoring from Web sites. OverDrive also operates http://www.contentreserve.com, a global wholesale digital book service for secure distribution of e-books and POD files.

Source: Fathom



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