January 21, 2018

InfoTech: OverDrive Supporting IDPF’s Epub Ebook Standard

By Michael Rogers

  • In early 2008 customers can access ebooks in epub format via Content Reserve
  • OverDrive CEO also IDPF president
  • Standard allows publisher to produce in single format

OverDrive is the latest company to support the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF) epub digital publication standard for ebooks. Beginning in early 2008, its “global network of libraries, schools, and retailers will be able to access eBooks and digital publications in the ‘epub’ format through its digital media warehouse Content Reserve,” OverDrive said.

The move comes as little surprise, as OverDrive CEO Steve Potash doubles as IDPF’s president. Nonetheless, the epub standard is advantageous to publishers as it allows them to produce content in a single digital publication instead of producing multiple formats for competing platforms. OverDrive, an IDPF member, joins Hachette Book Group USA, Adobe Systems, Sony, and others behind the new format.