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ebrary Announces New Partnerships, Expands Global Reach

Seven New Distributors Key to Securing ebrary Customers in 41 Different Countries

March 8, 2004 – Palo Alto, CA – ebrary® (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services, today announced that it has partnered with seven new international distributors to aggressively sell its online book databases and other products to libraries around the globe. To-date, ebrary and its growing roster of international partners have signed library customers in 41 different countries. With these new partnerships, ebrary is expanding its presence for the first time into several markets, including Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Southern Asia and South Africa, and solidifying its presence in others, including Western Europe and the Middle East.

“ebrary’s databases of full-text books, reports, maps and other documents are increasingly in demand overseas among librarians who need to cost-effectively and efficiently provide researchers with access to authoritative information,” said Mr. Andrea Test, Sales Manager, Databases and Electronic Publications Department, E.S. Burioni. “With ebrary, libraries can now offer powerful research tools and simultaneous, multi-user access to tens of thousands of full-text titles from the world’s leading publishers in a secure environment that integrates with their ILS systems and digital resources. We are very excited to offer ebrary’s innovative products to our customers.”

ebrary’s new international distributors include: Albertina icome Praha s.r.o. (Czech Republic, Slovakia); Edutech (Middle East, India); E.S. Burioni Ricerche Bibliografiche (Italy, Italian Speaking Switzerland); Integrated Information Networks (Iran, and Commonwealth of Independent States); Iscientia (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France); Lilita d.o.o. (Croatia); and Swets Information Services (South Africa).

Among the international distribution partners that ebrary has previously announced are Coutts (U.K); e-Libro Inc. (Latin America, Spain); iGroup (Asia); and PrioInfo Försäljningskontor (Scandinavia). Additionally, ebrary and Cyberlibris, a leading provider of educational technology and content in Europe, have sealed a strategic partnership to deliver a premium service centered around an innovative web-based platform that enables users at business schools and corporate training programs to gain permanent access to:
  1. a specifically customized portfolio of premium managerial and economics content sourced from major French and Anglo-saxon publishers, as well as respected international business experts and organizations.
  2. a rich set of interactive tools that bolster teaching and learning by enabling teachers, students and trainees to communicate smoothly and at their own pace.
“We are proud to have established partnerships with these highly esteemed companies, and we will continue to partner with leading distributors of electronic information products as we continue to expand ebrary’s global reach,” said Mohamad Al-Baghdadi, Vice President, International Sales at ebrary. “In addition to benefiting international libraries, which now have the convenience of subscribing to our full-text databases through local distributors, these partnerships also open the door to unprecedented new revenue opportunities for our publishing partners.”

About Albertina icome Praha s.r.o. (www.aip.cz )

Albertina icome Praha s.r.o. is the leading provider of electronic information resources in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia, with a customer base that includes most of the academic and university libraries, medical and other specialt libraries, government institutions, public libraries, and corporate information centers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Founded 1995, Albertina pioneered the consortium licensing concept in the Czech Republic and continues its leadership in the field through its participation in numerous consortium-based projects.

About EDUTECH (www.edutech.com)

EDUTECH is a leading provider of Knowledge Solutions to organizations committed to accelerating growth by fulfilling the potential of their people. Edutech serves the education and electronic information needs of educational institutions, government, military, and leading companies in every business sector throughout the Middle East and India. EDUTECH has partnerships with the world’s leading publishers and technology providers in education, training and information to provide a comprehensive range of solutions and services. EDUTECH is headquartered in Dubai Internet City and has offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Mumbai and Bangalore.

About E.S. Burioni Ricerche Bibliografiche (www.burioni.it)

E.S. Burioni is a leading distributor of electronic publication to the Italian library market, with a customer base that numbers all important academic, corporate, public and governmental libraries across the country. The company's mission is to supply academic institutions, research bodies, companies and professionals with high-quality information resources through leading edge technology.

About Integrated Information Networks (www.iingroups.com)

Integrated Information Networks (IIN) is the leading distributor of scientific, industrial, and trade information in the Middle East, Iran and the CIS. The company delivers up-to-date information from the most prominent international publishers, to academic institutions such as libraries, universities and research centers, corporations, professional societies and national libraries. In addition, IIN provides highly integrated solutions for comprehensive digital libraries, and establishes digital libraries for a wide range of organizations (e.g., Medical, Engineering), and at various levels, including national, regional, target-specific and campus-wide.

About Iscientia (IVS nv/sa ) (www.iscientia.com)

IVS nv/sa is a leading provider of reference and knowledge databases as well as instant document delivery services and full text solutions. IVS ( IScientia.com) provides crucial scientific, healthcare, business and engineering research information from the world’s leading publishers to professional and academic users enabling them to make results-oriented decisions. IVS is the preferred electronic information business partner of hundreds of academic, public, and corporate libraries throughout Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and France.

About Lilita d.o.o. (www.lilita.hr)

Based in Croatia, Lilita is a supplier of scientific, technological and business information and offers a substantial variety of information products and services to libraries, information centers, industry, individuals and others. The firm provides prompt, comprehensive information on a wide variety of subject areas and academic disciplines, including science and technology, engineering, medical and biosciences, earth sciences, astronomy, agriculture, business, economics, information technology and finance.

About Swets Information Services (South Africa)

Swets Information Services is one of the world’s largest providers of subscription and information management solutions. It offers a wide range of services to its 60,000 corporate, academic, R&D, medical, and government library and information center clients worldwide, whose ranks include over 30% of Fortune 500 companies. Swets Information Services works in partnership with 65,000 major publishers and suppliers of professional information. It has annual revenues in excess of US$1 billion and a staff of over 1,000 employees worldwide. Its head office is located in Lisse, the Netherlands, and it maintains offices in 23 countries across six continents.

About ebrary

ebrary is a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services. The company has developed a powerful system that cost-effectively and -efficiently creates highly interactive, online content databases, from which it produces numerous market-specific applications. ebrary was named to the 2003 eContent 100 list of leading companies in the digital content industry.

ebrary licenses its unique database technology to organizations that seek to reduce costs, increase revenues and improve efficiency by securely distributing their own content over the Internet. ebrary also uses its own technology to create databases containing content from leading publishers, which it then licenses to libraries and other institutions worldwide. ebrary currently offers over 40,000 full-text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports and other authoritative documents from more than 180 leading academic, trade and professional publishers. The company also operates a consumer-facing site– ebrary Discover – designed for individuals that do not have access to its database collections through their library. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Palo Alto, CA with offices in New York, ebrary is privately held and funded by Random House Ventures LLC, Pearson plc and The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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