Blackwell's Chooses ebrary's Technology to Showcase Books Online

Jun 10, 2002, 01:00 ET from ebrary

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackwell's Book Services
 (, a leading book supplier to the library market, today
 announced that it has partnered with ebrary(TM) (, a leading
 provider of information distribution and retrieval technology, to enable
 libraries to make more informed buying decisions.  Under terms of the
 agreement, Blackwell's will license ebrary's technology platform to enable
 libraries to openly browse through select, full-text titles online before
 purchasing books in print.  ebrary's platform will be integrated with
 Blackwell's Collection Manager workflow system, which provides automatic
 ordering and access to more than two million bibliographic records
 representing the top scholarly and academic titles in the world.
     "ebrary offers unique technology that enables an unlimited number of
 librarians to simultaneously peruse full-text books online before making
 collection development decisions," said Dan Halloran, President and CEO of
 Blackwell's Book Services.  "Additionally, because ebrary is based on the
 portable document format (PDF), books maintain the exact look and feel of the
 documents that we sell in print.  ebrary's technology also delivers one page
 at a time, which eliminates the need for libraries to download the entire
 document prior to viewing.  We are very pleased to integrate ebrary's
 technology with our Collection Manager system."
     "Blackwell's is a world renowned leader in the library market, providing
 more than 15,000 academic, research and public libraries throughout the world
 with books and value added bibliographic products.  They are also at the
 forefront in combining traditional bookselling expertise with the latest
 developments in library technology," said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary.
 "We are all very proud that Blackwell's chose ebrary.  In addition to
 benefiting libraries, it will also provide a new outlet for publishers to
 showcase their works online and is enormous validation for our technology."
     About Blackwell's
     Blackwell's Book Services (BBS) provides a full range of traditional
 library bookselling services integrated with the latest in library technology
 and technical services.  The company specializes in the supply of books and
 value-added bibliographic products and services to over 15,000 academic,
 research and special libraries in over 120 countries around the world.
 Blackwell's Book Services firm order service covers virtually the entire
 publication output of close to 50,000 scholarly, professional, and trade
     Blackwell's Book Services headquarters are located in Lake Oswego, Oregon,
 with offices in Oxford, England, Sydney, Australia and Blackwood New Jersey.
     About ebrary
     ebrary is a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval
 technology.  The company has developed a unique, scalable platform that
 enables organizations to securely and cost-effectively distribute high-value
 documents over networks.  Based on PDF -- the printing and publishing industry
 standard -- ebrary's technology enables documents to be both downloaded and
 streamed, which greatly reduces download times and bandwidth costs.
 Additionally, it protects intellectual property and brand integrity, enables
 word-level interaction and advanced search within and across PDF documents.
 ebrary's technology is customizable and integrates with existing databases and
 website content.  More than 115 of the world's leading publishers use ebrary's
 platform to securely distribute books and other high-value documents to online
 markets.  ebrary is privately held and is funded by Random House Ventures LLC,
 Pearson plc and The McGraw-Hill Companies.  For more information visit
     About ebrarian
     ebrary's customizable ebrarian service for libraries and other
 institutions combines technology with copyright-protected books, periodicals,
 reports, images, maps, and other online documents provided by more than 115 of
 the world's leading publishers.  The ebrarian solution enables libraries,
 institutions and other organizations to give their users access to
 authoritative materials and customizable research tools that allow them to
 automatically access additional materials, biographical information, maps,
 translations, definitions and more when words or phrases are selected.
 ebrarian integrates with existing catalog systems and digital resources.
 ebrary's publishing partners benefit from new sales and marketing
 opportunities on the Internet.  For more information visit
     NOTE:  ebrary and ebrarian are trademarks of ebrary, Inc.
     CONTACT:  Marty Moe of ebrary, +1-650-230-0752, or;
 or Tish Wagner of B2PR, +1-770-725-0585, or, for ebrary; or Matt
 Nauman of Blackwell's, 800-547-6426, ext. 1298, or
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