Full Text of OverDrive's Announcement
OverDrive’s browser-based OverDrive Read™ allows
seamless reading on any device with a modern web browser and now
optimizes the reading experience on desktop and mobile devices for
a variety of graphic children’s titles, comics, and other
illustrated titles as beautifully as the author and publisher
prepared for print. This EPUB3 fixed-layout breakthrough gives
OverDrive partners unprecedented access to thousands of
never-before-available eBooks, including highly-illustrated series
of DK titles such as Ancient Rome and Star Wars Jedi Battles, as
well as iconic and popular children’s titles like Corduroy and
Armadilly Chili from publishers such as Penguin and Albert Whitman
Over 100 public library and school systems are live with OverDrive
EPUB3 fixed-layout titles in their digital collections, including
the New York Public Library and Toronto Public Library.
Educational publishers are also leveraging the transformative
power of fixed layout, with Britannica Digital Learning alone
offering 250 early-learning titles.
“OverDrive further extends our leadership with open industry
standards utilizing HTML5 along with EPUB3 to open the door to a
new world of content for our library and school partners,” said
Alexis Petric-Black, OverDrive’s Manager of Publisher Account
Services. “The materials and solutions OverDrive partners invest
in have long-term compatibility due to this use of open industry
OverDrive has been a long-standing advocate for open eBook
standards, which allow eBooks to reach the largest audiences of
readers because they are not created in a device-specific format.
CEO Steve Potash was a founding member of the Open eBook Forum,
which produced the first open standard, the Open eBook Publication
Structure (OEB), in 1999. Under Potash and OverDrive’s
stewardship, the Open eBook Forum would become the International
Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), and in 2007 released EPUB2, a
replacement for OEB. EPUB3 was introduced in 2011.
“OverDrive has been a leader in the development and proliferation
of open industry standards for 20 years (including through the
widespread use of our APIs), because those efforts are tied so
intrinsically with our company’s mission: To help as many people
as possible discover and enjoy great eBooks,” Potash said.