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 creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools. Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device.
Demos will be available at BEA and ALA.
The technology comes via Book.ish, the Australian company OverDrive acquired during March, 2012.
Browser-based eBooks improve discovery and social options for authors and publishers to more directly connect with readers. To that end, OverDrive Read creates a URL for each title where preview, review copies, browsing and sampling can be widely and easily promoted.
Note: The Booki.sh web site and web-based cloud ebook reader (free) continues to be available. It allows users to read DRM-free EPUB titles. It works on most web browsers, iOS, Android, and more. FAQ and links here.