Seattle, Washington and Cleveland, Ohio USA – July 13, 2001 – CyberRead announced today that it will provide secure distribution of Microsoft® Reader eBooks utilizing MIDAS Technology® from OverDrive a world leader in eBook technology services and an authorized provider of Microsoft eBooks digital rights management (DRM) technology.

“CyberRead is pleased to be one of the early adopters of this exciting technology for readers,” said CyberRead founder and CEO Marilyn Jenkins.  “One of our goals is to help make good books easy to find and easy to buy in electronic formats. This technology goes a long way to make that possible.”

“CyberRead is one of the true pioneers in eBook retailing and OverDrive is delighted to be providing our MIDAS technology to enable the secure distribution of CyberRead’s Microsoft Reader eBook titles,” said Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO.

The addition of the Microsoft Reader format allows visitors to the CyberRead eBookstore to select and purchase eBooks from the comprehensive inventory of titles provided by a variety of publishers and authors. OverDrive’s Midas Technology provides the DRM for all of the CyberRead’s Microsoft® Reader eBook titles. .

Microsoft® Reader is an eBook reading application designed for Windows-based computers and Pocket PCs using ClearType display technology.  Microsoft Reader delivers an on-screen reading experience that offers the convenience and quality of paper with the added advantages of digital distribution.


About OverDrive, Inc.  ( is a worldwide leader in Open eBook (OEB), .LIT, XML, PDF and Print on Demand (POD) conversion and services for the ePublishing industry. OverDrive’s products for eBook authoring include its free online service at and ReaderWorks for commercial eBook authoring and “on-the-fly” eBook authoring from Web sites.  The Company provides secure eBookstore hosting and digital rights management as part of its MIDAS Technology incorporating Microsoft Digital Asset Server from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). OverDrive also operates, a global wholesale digital book service for secure distribution of eBooks and Print-on-Demand files.

About CyberRead: CyberRead, established in 1999, is an eBook company offering trade and independent published books, magazines, novels, and comic books offered in eBook format. CyberRead is working to offer all of its current and future eBook titles in various formats including, but not limited to, Microsoft® Reader, Adobe eBook Reader, Palm OS, HiEbook, and Franklin’s eBookman. The bookstore is located at and offers customers an easy to use book selection, with instant download capability, search functions, featured eBooks, forums, and free classics. Visitors can stay up-to-date by joining our newsletter “The Next Page”.  All eBooks in CyberRead’s eBookstore are copyright protected using the latest technologies.


Marilyn Jenkins