eBook Library Provides Online Resource for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs


CLEVELAND – August 28, 2002 – OverDrive, Inc., a leading provider of digital media and eCommerce solutions, announced today it has partnered with OfficeMax, Inc. (NYSE: OMX) to open the OfficeMax.com Digital BookstoreThe new online digital library at (www.ebooks.officemax.com) is stocked with best-selling titles in Microsoft Reader, Adobe Acrobat and Palm eBook formats ready to help business owners increase knowledge, boost productivity and manage their companies successfully.

The OfficeMax.com Digital Bookstore features top management, finance, computer and reference titles from HarperCollins, Random House, John Wiley & Sons, St. Martin’s Press, AOL Time Warner Book Group and other leading business and technology publishers.  All titles are available for immediate purchase and download to desktop PCs, laptops, Pocket PCs, Palm PDAs and other mobile devices.  OfficeMax.com customers are able to develop their own personal digital library from which they can securely retrieve their business titles 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The OfficeMax.com Digital Bookstore provides business customers with resources for winning,” according to Steve Potash, chief executive officer of OverDrive.  “OfficeMax is a leader in providing business tools and solutions to mobile business owners and professionals including those relying on PDAs, wireless services, and computing products.  The Digital Bookstore provides needed answers for those taking advantage of OfficeMax.com’s tremendous selection of mobile, software, and business tools and technologies,” Potash added.

“The OfficeMax.com Digital Bookstore enables our customers to access winning sales, marketing and management solutions as well as learn how to take advantage of the latest PC and software technologies,” stated Michael Feuer, OfficeMax’s chairman and chief executive officer.  “We are providing small businesses and mobile professionals with immediate access to guidance from best-selling business authors as well as to technology guides and “how-to” manuals from leading publishers.”

e-books featured on the OfficeMax.com Digital Bookstore include today’s leading business and management titles, including works by Peter F. Drucker (The Essential Drucker), Larry Downes (The Strategy Machine), and Geoffrey A. Moore (Crossing the Chasm).  Many titles contain “e-book extras” that are not available in print editions.

OfficeMax and OverDrive are both headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.


About OverDrive

OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com) is a leading provider of eBook, DRM and media marketplace technologies enabling the secure management and distribution of digital media over global networks. As a strategic partner with Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), Adobe Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) and Palm Digital Media (Nasdaq: PALM) OverDrive delivers proven technology for trusted fulfillment and resale of premium content from the world’s leading media companies. As a Principal Member of the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), OverDrive is strategically focused on driving specifications and standards for the emerging and rapidly evolving electronic publishing industry. The company was founded in 1986, and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

About OfficeMax

OfficeMax operates nearly 1,000 superstores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and a joint venture partnership in Mexico. In addition to offering office products, business machines and related items, OfficeMax superstores also feature CopyMax and FurnitureMax, store-within-a-store modules devoted exclusively to “print-for-pay” services and office furniture. Additionally, the Company reaches customers with an offering of over 30,000 items through its award winning eCommerce site, OfficeMax.com, its direct-mail catalogs and its outside sales force, all of which are serviced by its three PowerMax distribution facilities, 18 delivery centers and two national call centers

Media Contacts

Jennifer A. Jackson

OverDrive, Inc.

(216) 573-6886 ext. 207



Steve Baisden

OfficeMax, Inc.

(216) 471-3441