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STM Publishing Giants Rally Behind EBL

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Top STM Publishers Join eBooks Corporation’s New Library Offering.
PERTH, Australia
Friday, 12 March 2004

Six of the world's principle Science, Technology & Medical publishers announced today that they are participating in the launch of eBooks Corporation's landmark new library service, EBL.

Cambridge University Press, Kluwer, Oxford University Press, Springer, Taylor & Francis and World Scientific will all provide titles for EBL. At launch in June 2004 EBL will carry titles across all disciplines, including the deepest, most comprehensive and most up to date range of STM ebooks currently available to the library community.

Aimed at academic and research libraries, the EBL model features enhanced functionality including multiple concurrent access, online and offline access, read aloud, chapters for reserve circulation, short term circulation and document delivery solutions.

eBooks Corporation, whose ebookstore eBooks.com has been at the forefront of the electronic book industry since 2000, embarked on the eBook Library project at the promptings of library customers, including Curtin University and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Working closely with CERN, Curtin , North Carolina State University and Yale, the EBL model was developed and presented to leading international STM publishers for review and evaluation.

“We are determined to offer greater flexibility to libraries and their patrons while protecting the interests of authors and publishers”, said EBL's General Manager, Kari Paulson. “In addition to this the short term circulation and virtual photocopying features redirect revenue that was traditionally absorbed by library staffing costs, freight and photocopying back to publishers and their authors.

About eBooks Corporation Ltd

eBooks Corporation is a global provider of digital books. It has distribution agreements with publishers in the US , UK and Australia , The company has long standing, close working relationships with Adobe, Microsoft, Palm and other stakeholders in the ebook industry. eBooks Corporation hosts, and securely distributed eBooks through its retail site (www.ebooks.com). eBooks Corporation is expanding distribution to library (www.library.ebooks.com) wholesale (www.ebookengine.com) channels.

Media Contacts:

Kari Paulson, General Manager, EBL
+61 (0) 8 9385 5166 ¦ kari.paulson@ebooks.com

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