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Lightning Source Enters Global Strategic Relationship with HaperCollins

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LaVergne, TN (February 20, 2001) – Lightning Source Inc.SM, a pioneer in digital content management and fulfillment, today announced that it will provide eBook fulfillment services to HarperCollins, one of the world’s leading publishers. The new agreement with HarperCollins is the latest in Lightning’s extensive list of publishing relationships. The deal will allow HarperCollins customers to order HarperCollins eBooks through Lightning’s eBook fulfillment service.  Those eBooks will add substantial, high-quality content to Lightning Source’s growing eBook library – one of the fastest-growing in the industry. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, general interest books, religious and spiritual books, and others. The new global agreement covers titles from the HarperCollins General Book Group, HarperCollins Children’s Book Group, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, and HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand. “One of the keys to the success of eBooks lies in having superior content,” said Lightning Source President and CEO Ed Marino. “The availability of HarperCollins titles as eBooks will help broaden the appeal of eBooks to a wider range of readers.” “We are pleased to enter this new strategic relationship with Lightning Source,” said David Steinberger, HarperCollins President of Corporate Strategy and International. “Lightning’s well-earned reputation for leading-edge digital technology and established track record in digital fulfillment were key to our choice of Lightning as an eBook fulfillment partner." Lightning Source, a pioneer provider of eBook and print-on-demand (POD) fulfillment services, electronically stores books and other content in its digital library, which currently offers more than 20,000 titles. Lightning Source has long-term relationships with more than 900 publishers, and has received commitments to add more than 50,000 titles to its digital library. “HarperCollins has demonstrated a strong commitment to eBooks,” said Marino. “We are extremely pleased to be able to support their global eBook publishing program.”

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