OverDrive Introduces Browser-Based eBook Reader
Global eBook distributor OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, “OverDrive Read.” Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read is a new choice for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools. OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to read eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device.
Based on the technology developed by recently-acquired Australian eBook firm Booki.sh, OverDrive Read will provide new options for millions of readers who access eBooks from OverDrive’s global network of retail, library and school catalogs. To view a demo title using OverDrive Read, please visit https://penelopiad-18893a.booki.sh/.
“OverDrive Read’s use of open web standards will enable online communities to accelerate discovery and socialization of eBooks,” said Erica Lazzaro, OverDrive’s director of publisher relations. “It will enable OverDrive’s catalog of premium eBooks from over 1,000 publishers to be easily integrated across retail, school and library catalogs for standard computers and connected mobile devices.”
When launched, OverDrive Read will support EPUB and PDF eBooks on a range of dedicated e-Ink eReaders, smartphones, tablets and computers.
Read the full press release at EdNet Insight.