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Content Reserve is a secure, web-based, wholesale distribution service for the sale and delivery of digital media to OverDrive's global network of libraries, schools, and retailers. Content Reserve provides publishers a single location to manage their inventory of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, and video.

How to apply for a Content Reserve Publisher Account:

  • To apply, complete the Publisher Application. Upon approval, you will be sent a memo detailing the commercial terms and access to the Content Reserve Distribution and Publisher Service Account Agreement.

How a Content Reserve Publisher Account Works:

  • Once a publisher has been approved and has accepted the Content Reserve Distribution and Publisher Service Account Agreement and fee structure, the publisher is granted access to Content Reserve via private login ID and password. OverDrive works with the publisher to confirm a wholesale discount (Distributor Cost) that will be used to determine the amount the publisher is paid for each digital product sold.
  • Member publishers can then supply metadata, cover art, and digital content files in supported formats (WMA and MP3 for audiobooks; PDF, PRC, LIT, and EPUB for eBooks; WMA for music; and WMV for video) to create an OverDrive-hosted global wholesale digital repository.
  • Member publishers set the SRP (Suggested Retail Price) and end-user DRM (Digital Rights Management) permissions for each title. Based on the permissions set, Content Reserve applies DRM from Microsoft® Corporation, Adobe® Systems, and others to securely deliver digital titles.
  • OverDrive receives and processes electronic orders from Content Reserve Network Accounts (i.e., libraries, schools, and/or retailers) based on the price and terms set by the publisher. OverDrive remits payment to publishers on a quarterly basis.
  • Publishers can access, monitor, and manage all digital products 24/7, including adding/deleting titles and updating prices or other metadata. In addition, member publishers can access detailed transaction reports on-demand via the Content Reserve publisher portal.

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