MightyWords Premium Digital Content Now Available to Retailers Worldwide


FRANKFURT, Germany – Oct. 9, 2001 –From its exhibit booth, Hall 1 Booth J 1-1 1101, at the largest international book fair, the FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR, OverDrive®, Inc. today announced that Content Reserve, the Global Digital Content Marketplace, has extended its secure distribution services for publishers and resellers to fully support Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) for the Adobe Acrobat® eBook Reader.  Content Reserve now provides any website the ability to resell Acrobat eBook titles and provide catalog information and digital rights management for the products. OverDrive also announced a global wholesale-distribution agreement with MightyWords for the company’s extensive PDF-based digital content library.

“We are excited that distribution, fulfillment, and DRM services for Adobe eBook products are now available to our international network of publishers and resellers,” said Steve Potash, chief executive officer of OverDrive. “Plus, MightyWords’ powerful collection of thousands of premium titles in business and technical categories provides a ready warehouse of must-have, need-to-know, Adobe PDF-based eBooks for websites to offer readers worldwide.”

“OverDrive has always been a leader in providing e-commerce and security solutions to content industries,” said James Alexander, director of eBooks for Adobe. “With the company now embracing Adobe’s eBook solutions, OverDrive’s international network can tap into the benefits brought by Adobe PDF-based eBooks. These include advanced representations of graphics, CoolType technology, a two-page layout, electronic bookmarks, quick text search, access to the Web and an interactive dictionary.”

Chris MacAskill, chief executive officer of MightyWords, said, “OverDrive has assembled an impressive network of distribution partners who bring eBooks to business and computing professionals and leisure readers alike.  By partnering with OverDrive, we extend our reach to the international and educational markets, allowing OverDrive retail distribution customers to purchase, download and print eBooks that help them solve a problem or perform their jobs better.”

Since opening earlier this year OverDrive’s Content Reserve B2B digital marketplace has grown to over 275 publishers and 100 retailers from the US and dozens of other countries. Last week in London www.WHSmith.co.uk, the interactive arm of the UK’s number one bookseller WHSmith with over 200 years retail experience, opened its eBookstore to offer thousands of eBook titles from Content Reserve including those published by MightyWords.


About OverDrive, Inc.: (www.overdrive.com) is a worldwide leader for secure hosting, eCommerce, Digital Rights Management and conversion services for publishers and retailers. OverDrive operates www.ContentReserve.com, a global wholesale digital distribution service for eBooks. With world headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, OverDrive operates an eBook Technology and Conversion Center in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  OverDrive deploys eBook DRM technology for Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT) and Adobe Systems (Nasdaq:ADBE).

About MightyWords:  MightyWords (www.mightywords.com) is the premier source for mid-length, need-to-know digital content in the business and technical categories. MightyWords and its distribution partners bring to market material — including technical briefings, executive white papers, research reports, business essays and health resources — that until now has been unavailable to the public because its length or subject has not adhered to traditional publishing and distribution rules.


Dawn Clark

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