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BookSurge and ebrary Join Forces to Offer Expanded Delivery Services for Digital Content

Press release from the issuing company

CHARLESTON, S.C.--Jan. 10, 2005-- BookSurge, the global leader in inventory-free international book distribution with print and sales facilities in nine countries, and ebrary(R), a leading information services and technology provider serving more than 3.2 million library patrons worldwide, announced today the joint development of a print-on-demand offering, initially focused on the library market. The initiative will enable libraries throughout the world to purchase authoritative content in print from leading publishers, without astronomical shipping costs or lengthy waits for delivery. For publishers, the partnership brings new revenue streams and the ability to cost-effectively reach the international library market. Under terms of the agreement, BookSurge will integrate its Global Publishing System (GPS) with the ebrary Dynamic Content Platform (DCP)(TM), which combines patent-pending software with more than 60,000 full-text books and other authoritative, digital content from more than 200 leading publishers. Libraries that subscribe to ebrary's DCP will have the option of enabling patrons and staff to purchase select ebrary titles in print through BookSurge's international print-on-demand facilities. "ebrary's growing network of international partners and library customers in more than 60 countries, as well as its extensive content database, fits with BookSurge's global vision for the future of digital content delivery -- customization and perpetual, local access. Through our joint product development, customers can choose the format of delivery that best suits their needs. We are delighted to work with a company as innovative and customer centric as ebrary," said Robert Holt, CEO of BookSurge LLC. Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary added, "We are very excited to partner with a pioneer in print-on-demand technologies and global distribution such as BookSurge. The GPS platform provides the ideal compliment for an innovative content delivery product serving ebrary's growing customer base worldwide and the needs of the library marketplace."