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February 12, 2009 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Publishers Join EPUB eBooks Distribution Channel Through OverDrive

OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global distributor of digital books for libraries and retailers, announced a growing list of leading publishers from around the world who are selling ebooks in the emerging EPUB format through OverDrive. Publishers include Random House (U.S. and U.K.), Hachette Book Group (U.S.), Hachette Livre, Harlequin Mills and Boon, Pan MacMillan, Palgrave MacMillan, Penguin (U.S. and U.K.), Simon & Schuster (U.K.), Bloomsbury, Pearson Education, Zondervan, HarperCollins (U.S. and U.K.), and many more.

OverDrive provides digital distribution through its secure, web-based, wholesale distribution service, Content Reserve (www.overdrive.com/contentreserve). OverDrive’s Content Reserve enables publishers to sell and deliver ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to library, school, and retail channels worldwide. Operating continuously since 2000, OverDrive’s Content Reserve currently holds 150,000 titles and serves nearly 1,000 publishers with direct links to 8,500 library, school, and retail locations in 30 countries.

As an early proponent of EPUB, OverDrive has gained significant experience in the ingestion and distribution of EPUB ebooks. As a result, OverDrive has identified leading service bureaus that provide a high level of technical proficiency in the conversion and workflow management of EPUB ebooks. These firms can help publishers who need assistance with offering EPUB: 

EPUB ebooks are enhanced for mobile reading with reflowable text to fit any screen size. The standard format for ebooks and other digital publications was developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (www.idpf.org) and adopted by leading publishers and technology firms as the industry standard for ebooks. OverDrive, an IDPF member company, was an early proponent of the industry standard for ebooks and has developed streamlined systems for distribution of EPUB files in its retail and library channels.

Source: OverDrive, Inc.



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