Palm Digital Media has announced a new version of its server software that gives libraries an easy way to let patrons check out Palm Reader eBooks. It uses a hardware identification number assigned by the Palm Reader 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.
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.
“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.”
The software and service will be available early next year.
Palm Digital Media, Inc., a leading retailer of eBooks for handhelds, houses a library of almost 10,000 titles. It includes an extensive collection of classic literature, poetry, biographies, books about science and nature, sports and athletics, reference materials, and many of Random House’s critically acclaimed Modern Library and Bantam Classics titles.
There are versions of the Palm Reader for the Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows, and Macintosh.