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."
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Tish Wagner of B2PR, +1-770-725-0585, or email@example.com, for ebrary; or Matt
Nauman of Blackwell's, 800-547-6426, ext. 1298, or Matt.Nauman@Blackwell.com.
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