OverDrive Announces New eBook & Digital Distribution Services for 2010

Overdrive just posted a press release that detailed their 7 new initiatives. It's rather long, so I'm just going to quote the critical parts. From the press release:

-Content Reserve® Plus: OverDrive's global distribution platform will integrate third party digital catalogs to add their eBooks, databases, music, video, and enhanced multimedia content to OverDrive's network of retail and institutional accounts.

-OverDrive Catalog Apps: OverDrive catalog apps, REST APIs, web services, RSS and other tools utilizing XML and open standards will enable mobile app developers and wireless devices to directly manage eBookselling, catalog access, discovery, and eCommerce support for customers of digital books directly from OverDrive-powered retail eBookstores, library catalogs, and other digital collections.

-OverDrive MIDAS® 2.0 and eBook Category & Customer Management (ECCM): OverDrive's eCommerce bookstore platform, MIDAS, is enhancing its subscription and continuity sales services to include eBook Clubs, metered content sales, and new customer retention and loyalty programs, for its multi-national, multi-language, and multi-currency platform.

-OverDrive Reciprocal®: OverDrive's consolidated bookshelf service will provide readers a single location for access, preferences, permission-based contact from publishers and authors across numerous eBook formats, audiobooks, interactive titles, subscriptions, and suppliers of premium media.

-OverDrive First GearTM: Enhanced DRM-free eBook and audiobook excerpts for streaming or offline reading with direct "buy-it-now" options and coupons dynamically customized into each title. First Gear will also be able to connect readers with retailers, publisher and author websites, and fan communities.

-OverDrive DashboardTM: A series of desktop and mobile apps that provide publishers, booksellers, librarians, and readers with valuable information -- instantly -- including real-time statistics and charts for their catalogs and collections.

-OverDrive Digital Kiosk & Library eBook Devices: OverDrive will release the next version of its OverDrive Download StationTM software, which provides direct access to eBooks and other popular media inside hundreds of schools and libraries.

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