McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing Partners With ebrary for Delivery Of Courseware as Customized eBooks Online Education Leader to Use the ebrarian Technology Platform for Delivering

Custom eBooks With Unique Research Capabilities



    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ebrary(TM)
 (www.ebrary.com), the leading provider of software and services for the online
 delivery of copyrighted content, today announced that McGraw-Hill Primis
 Custom Publishing has selected the ebrarian(TM) software solution as a core
 technology for its customized Primis Online eBook courseware delivered to
 students via the Internet. McGraw-Hill's Primis Online is leading the way with
 eBook customization, offering over 450 market-leading textbooks from which
 professors can create custom courseware. Students can access these customized
 course materials from a cobranded website hosted by ebrary, or download their
 custom eBooks directly from the Primis Online site. In addition, Primis
 Online's worldwide community of professors and students will benefit from
 research tools that make every word a learning object and from the ebrary
 collection of high-quality content.
     "Our partnership with ebrary will enable students to access their course
 materials online from any computer at any time and avoid lengthy download
 times. Professors can enhance their Primis Online eBooks with word-level
 content interaction and can also supplement course materials with the ebrary
 collection of authoritative books and other documents -- most of which have
 never before been available on the web," said Ginny Moffat, vice president and
 head of McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing. "Needless to say, ebrary also
 provides great value to students, who have access to the information and tools
 they need to increase knowledge and comprehension. The ebrarian solution
 offers us many advantages."
     "Studies show that providing compelling, interactive content increases
 retention and is critical to the success of eLearning programs," said
 Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary. "We're extremely proud that Primis Online,
 the standard for educational custom publishing, has chosen our ebrarian
 solution as the platform for their eBook courseware. Not only will this
 agreement benefit Primis Online customers by providing superior learning
 resources, it will enable the company to further gain a competitive edge by
 making interactive content a reality."
 
     Dynamic eBooks for Greater Knowledge
     McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing provides custom solutions in print
 and electronic formats that enable professors to efficiently and affordably
 create the exact course materials they need using McGraw-Hill textbooks as
 well as their own course content. Professors select the appropriate material
 simply by visiting the Primis Online website (www.mhhe.com/primis/online) and
 choosing print or online delivery of their custom texts. Online delivery to
 this point has been through secure downloads.
     Under terms of the agreement with ebrary, Primis Online will integrate the
 ebrarian solution into the Primis Online site. Professors can make their
 custom eBook course materials available to students through a secure cobranded
 website hosted by ebrary. ebrary InfoTools, which provide powerful research
 capabilities at the word level, will be customized by Primis Online to allow
 students to select any word or phrase and link to additional course-related
 information. In addition, students can rapidly navigate through a displayed
 document based on simple paging, search results or a table of contents, as
 well as jump to specific pages.
     Primis Online will also leverage the ebrarian solution to give students
 and professors access to the ebrary collection of high-value,
 copyright-protected content from the world's leading publishers.
 
     The ebrarian Solution
     ebrary has developed a unique, customizable platform for content delivery
 and content-based eCommerce. Partnering with the world's leading publishers
 and academic presses, ebrary is also developing online collections in major
 vertical subject areas. Combining this high-value content with powerful
 research and comprehension software, ebrary offers a secure and flexible
 solution for eContent delivery.
     eLearning providers, publishers, special interest websites, Internet
 portals and libraries can tap new online markets and increase revenues by
 making their own content securely available online, accessing relevant content
 from the ebrary collection or combining content from both.
     The ebrarian solution includes ebrary InfoTools, which provide advanced
 eCommerce, research, comprehension and navigation capabilities at the word
 level.
 
     Price and Availability
     ebrarian is available now to customers and partners in the U.S. and U.K.
 Pricing varies according to the organizations' individual requirements,
 including customization and hosting services. For more information call
 650-230-0700 or visit www.ebrary.com.
 
     About McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing
     Primis Online is the largest educational database for the higher education
 market-featuring over 450 best selling McGraw-Hill titles that can be
 customized in print or digital eBook formats. McGraw-Hill Primis Custom
 Publishing is a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill
 Companies (NYSE:   MHP), a global information services provider meeting
 worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information
 markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's and Business Week.
 Founded in 1888, the corporation has more than 400 offices in 33 countries.
 Sales in 2000 were $4.3 billion. Additional information is available at
 www.mhhe.com/primis/online and www.mcgraw-hill.com.
 
     About ebrary
     ebrary develops software and services for the secure online delivery of
 copyrighted content. The ebrarian solution combines powerful research and
 comprehension software with a rich online library of copyrighted books,
 journals, periodicals and more that can be freely indexed by search engines
 via ebrary's open access model. Publishers, special interest websites,
 Internet portals, libraries and eLearning providers benefit from the ability
 to tap new online markets and increase revenues through the distribution of
 high-value content. ebrary is privately held and is funded by Random House
 Ventures LLC, Pearson plc and The McGraw-Hill Company. For more information,
 visit www.ebrary.com.
 
     NOTE:  ebrary, ebrarian and web (C)ontent are trademarks of ebrary, Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Marty Moe of ebrary, +1-650-230-0752, or marty.moe@ebrary.com;
 or Tish Wagnero of B2PR, +1-770-725-0585, or tish@b2pr.com, for ebrary; or
 Ginny Moffat of McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing, +1-630-789-5073, or
 Ginny_moffat@mcgraw-hill.com.
 
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