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ebrary to Tap International Markets Through Partnerships with Major Resellers
Coutts, iGroup and E-libro.net to Distribute the ebrarian Service to Libraries Worldwide

April 22, 2002 – Mountain View, CA – ebrary™ (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services, today announced that it has partnered with three international resellers to distribute its ebrarian™ for Libraries service to global markets. Under terms of the agreements, Coutts Library Services, which has been selling products and services to libraries since 1969, will resell the ebrarian service to libraries throughout the U.K., Europe, North America and the Middle East; iGroup, one of the largest providers of information services in the Asia-Pacific, is distributing the service throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand; E-libro.net, a leading provider of information services for the Spanish language market, is distributing the ebrarian service throughout Latin America and Spanish language libraries in the U.S. Additionally, E-libro is licensing the ebrarian platform to market the service to Spanish speaking customers and is providing ebrary with Spanish language content to distribute via its online channels.

“As an ebrary distributor and customer, we are very excited about this new service. Among other benefits, ebrarian integrates with libraries’ existing catalog systems and digital resources and allows simultaneous, multi-user access to full-text books and other documents from world-class publishers – the majority of which were published within the past two years,” said Eduardo Varela-Cid, editor of E-libro. “As an ebrary publishing partner, we are pleased that we can now distribute our Spanish language content to vast online markets in a highly secure, copyright protected environment.”

“iGroup is extremely excited in the partnership with ebrary. As a major provider of information services in the Asia Pacific region, we are constantly looking for new and innovative products to offer our customers,” said William Ho, Director of iGroup. "We believe the market is now ready for digital content. We are also certain that with ebrary's rich collection and its unique subscription model, our customers too will be excited with the service.”

In a related press release issued April 2, ebrary announced that six regional library networks are distributing the ebrarian service to more than 6,000 member libraries in the U.S. combined. The press release is available at www.ebrary.com.

“One of the greatest potentials that the Internet has to offer is the democratization of information, not just locally but internationally as well,” said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary.“With these new partnerships ebrary will begin the process of opening new markets to valuable ideas and authoritative information that has never before been available online, worldwide.”

ebrarian for Libraries: Multi-User Access to Quality Content at an Affordable Price

ebrary offers an affordable solution for desktop delivery of valuable books and other documents from more than 100 leading publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, Yale University Press, Taylor & Francis, John Wiley & Sons and many others that integrates with libraries’ existing catalog systems and other digital resources.

Key features and benefits of ebrarian include the following:

Co-branded Website – The ebrarian service is delivered via a custom website, which ebrary creates, hosts and maintains. Co-branded websites never contain advertisements, and they can be customized with libraries’ logos and branding.

Integration – ebrarian integrates with libraries’ digital resources and catalog and administrative processes, specifically through full MARC records for all titles in the ebrary repository.

Authoritative Content from World-Class Publishers – With tens of thousands of titles under contract, ebrary is continuously expanding its collection in key subject areas and will offer periodic content updates to libraries at no additional cost. The majority of ebrary’s titles were published within the past two years.

Customizable Research Tools – ebrary InfoTools™ make it easy for patrons to instantly link to knowledge resources including definitions, biographical information, maps and translations as well as digital resources within the library. Patrons can instantly access these resources when words or phrases are selected. The ebrarian solution also features online annotations, highlighting, bookmarks and more.

Accounting and Reporting Tools – Libraries can use real time activity reports to gain information on usage and transactions in order to make more informed collection development decisions.

PDF Technology – ebrary’s product is based on the portable document format (PDF), which is used by the majority of printing houses worldwide. This enables ebrary to efficiently and cost-effectively grow its collections. PDF technology also ensures that documents maintain the look and feel of the originals, which enhances patrons’ experience.

Pricing and Availability

ebrarian for Libraries is available now to organizations worldwide. Special regional network and consortia pricing is available. ebrary charges an annual license fee for implementation, technology license and maintenance. Exact pricing varies depending on the type of library and its size (FTE). For more information call 650-230-0700 or visit www.ebrary.com.

About Coutts Library Service

Coutts Information Services Ltd has evolved from the merger of BMBC Ltd (UK), Coutts Library Services Inc (USA) and John Coutts Library Services Ltd (Canada). The group formally came together in August 2000 to create a global library supply company. The Group supply books from UK, USA, Canada (both English & French to academic, medical, government, public reference and corporate libraries throughout the world. Coutts Information Services Ltd operates offices and distribution centres in the UK, Holland, Canada and USA, and has representatives worldwide. For more information visit www.couttsinfo.com.

About iGroup

The iGroup consists of several companies prominent in the Asia-Pacific information industry. iGroup was incorporated in 1999 to share resources and to serve our clients and partners by providing a common identity across all countries. From a presence in three countries in the early 80's, the iGroup has established itself in 12 countries, from India in the west to Australia in the east. We employ more than 250 people and work with several hundred clients. We also work with the growing number of consortiums and informal groups of libraries in Asia. We bring to both partners and clients alike a wide range of services and a broad coverage of Asia Pacific. Today iGroup is among the largest providers of information services in the region, whether it be databases, e-books, e-journals or e-learning solutions.

About E-libro.net

Based in Miami, Florida, E-libro.net is the leading digital e-publisher in the Spanish book market. Since 1998, E-libro.net has amassed the most complete collection of e-books in the Spanish region with some of the most prestigious publishers and authors in Latin America and Spain. Some of the most important authors that E-libro.net includes Laura Esquivel, Isidoro Blaisten, Mario Benedetti, Fernando Soto Aparicio, Sabato, Mempo Giardinelli, Jose Bianco, Marcos Aguinis and others. Its online e-book store is one of the most visited by Spanish-speaking users. E-libro.net is privately held and is funded by El Cid Editor, Inc. For more information, please visit www.e-libro.net.

About ebrary

ebrary is a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services. The company’s customizable ebrarian solution combines powerful software with copyright-protected books, journals, periodicals and other online documents provided by more than 100 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. ebrary’s publishing partners benefit from new sales and marketing opportunities on the Internet. ebrary is privately held and is funded by Random House Ventures LLC, Pearson plc and The McGraw-Hill Companies. For more information, visit www.ebrary.com. <

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