Palm Reader eBooks Head for the Library
Palm Digital Media, a subsidiary of PalmSource, today announced a new version of the Palm Retail Encryption Server Software. The software provides libraries with an easy way to let patrons check out Palm Reader eBooks. The announcement came at the Open eBook Forum's Tablet PC Digital Publishing Conference held today at McGraw-Hill Auditorium.
The software's Digital Rights Management (DRM) process uses a hardware identification number assigned by the Palm Reader eBook application to a handheld or desktop computer. The server uses this ID to lock an eBook to a specific device and assign an expiration date to the eBook, beyond which the user will not be able to open it. This DRM protects the eBooks against unauthorized distribution.
OverDrive, Inc., a leading provider of eBook, eCommerce and Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions, is adding the newserver software to its Digital Library Reserve service for public, academic, and corporate libraries for the secure lending of Palm Reader eBooks.
"Palm Reader eBooks are in great demand worldwide," said OverDrive Senior Vice President Ray Leach. "We are excited to offer thousands of premium titles from best-selling authors in Palm Reader format ready for libraries to build their digital collections. Since Palm Digital Media provides free eBook software for PC and Mac desktops and notebooks, handheld computers, and the new Tablet PC, libraries and institutions can use Palm Reader eBooks to serve the needs of a wide range of patrons."
"Libraries can now let users of handheld computers check out eBooks, and provide all computer users with access to one of the largest collection of titles available from major publishers," said Jeff Strobel, director of Palm Digital Media. "This technology brings them one step closer to full implementation of an electronic book system that will offer equal access to anyone."
A user simply opens a library-enabled version of the Palm Reader eBook application, and taps or clicks on About Palm Reader. There the user will find a device ID number that he or she must provide to the library system. The library patron is then able to download a book, which can only be read by that device for the number of days specified by the library. The software and service will be available early next year.
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