IT Certification Guide and Technical Titles Available in Popular eBook Formats


Loveland, CO & Cleveland, OH – August 19, 2002 Windows & .NET Magazine, part of Penton Media (NYSE: PME) today launched a new digital bookstore for the sale of Windows IT Technical Manuals located at  In addition to technical manuals published by the magazine, the site offers programming guides from leading IT publishers, including John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  Complete hosting and digital rights management (DRM) services for the eBookstore is provided by OverDrive, Inc., a leading developer of outsourced solutions for the secure distribution and fulfillment of digital media.

OverDrive also supplies the inventory of the Windows & .NET Magazine eBookstore with IT programming and certification titles housed in Content Reserve ( — the leading digital warehouse in the world with over 25,000 titles.  During the launch, the site will feature “The Insider’s Guide to IT Certification,” a how-to manual that offers tips on how to conserve resources and maximize time for those who are seeking certification in various programming technologies.

“eBook versions of our certification and IT technical guides provide the instant guidance Windows professionals seek,” stated Dave Bernard, custom media editorial director, Windows & .NET Magazine. “This is a great extension of Windows & .NET Magazine, which already is a reliable resource to more than 1.3 million IT managers and professionals every month.”

Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, said “We’re delighted to be working with Penton Media to add more value to their print publications through the addition of top-selling and informative downloadable eBooks to the Windows & .NET Magazine Web site.”

Digital Kiosks provide a complete retail system with catalog, shopping cart, real-time credit card processing, secure hosting, and 24/7 technical support. Shoppers can instantly purchase and download their eBooks to personal computers, laptops, Pocket PCs, and portable media players including over 350 million Windows Media Players distributed worldwide.


About Penton Media

Windows & .NET Magazine is published by Penton Media, (NYSE: PME) a leading, global business-to-business media company that produces market-focused magazines, trade shows and conferences, and Web sites. Penton’s integrated media portfolio serves the following industries: Internet/broadband; information technology; electronics; natural products; food/retail; manufacturing; design/engineering; supply chain; aviation; government/compliance; mechanical systems/construction; and leisure/hospitality. For more information, visit

About OverDrive

OverDrive, Inc. ( is a leading provider of eBook, DRM and media marketplace technologies enabling the secure management and distribution of digital media over global networks. OverDrive is a strategic partner to Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), Adobe Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) and Palm Digital Media, a business unit of Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM). The company is a Gold Sponsor of the Open eBook Forum. OverDrive was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

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