Blackwell's Chooses ebrary's Technology to Showcase Books Online
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackwell's Book Services (www.blackwell.com), a leading book supplier to the library market, today announced that it has partnered with ebrary(TM) (www.ebrary.com), 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 presses. 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 www.ebrary.com. 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 www.ebrary.com. NOTE: ebrary and ebrarian are trademarks of ebrary, Inc. CONTACT: Marty Moe of ebrary, +1-650-230-0752, or email@example.com; or Tish Wagner of B2PR, +1-770-725-0585, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for ebrary; or Matt Nauman of Blackwell's, 800-547-6426, ext. 1298, or Matt.Nauman@Blackwell.com. Tell Us What You Think -- Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X96772761
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