Did you know that Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks already in your download collection are compatible with the Sony Reader?
Today, OverDrive and Sony Electronics, Inc. solidified their relationship by announcing a marketing agreement. Read the full press release. This is good news for libraries because it’s a win for “open standards” for eBooks. Sony and OverDrive are promoting the new EPUB (XML) re-flowable format, offered at hundreds of OverDrive-powered libraries, that will be compatible and optimized with many new devices in addition to Windows and Mac.
We’re also anticipating announcements later this month from Sony on a less expensive Reader and other lower priced products are expected to follow. The key to this story is EPUB support by OverDrive. This is the only eBook format libraries will need and it will eventually be compatible with most portable devices (iPhones, Blackberries, etc.) and many e-Ink readers.
If your ‘Virtual Branch’ does not currently offer eBooks and you have questions about the format, feel free to contact our Collection Development Specialists. Send Karen and Lindsey an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.