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Cambridge to Launch Ebooks Collections
Nov 30, 2007 (08:11 AM EST)


LONDON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On the first day of the major Online Information Conference in London this week, Cambridge University Press announced that it will use Ebooks Corporation's eb20 platform to deliver ebooks to academic libraries. In response to the growing demand for digital resources from academic institutions, Cambridge University Press will launch its own ebook product, Cambridge eBook Collections, in December. Cambridge Collections will feature subject-based collections of ebooks, and collections will be sold on a perpetual access, unlimited multiple concurrent user basis. The initial release of Cambridge eBook Collections, available to Asia Pacific only, will include specialist collections of humanities, science and business ebooks.

Andrew Brown, Managing Director Academic & Professional Publishing said, "Cambridge University Press has been at the forefront of digital publishing innovation since the birth of the Web. The launch of Cambridge eBook Collections marks a new milestone in fulfilling the Press's promise to pro- vide flexible, instant access to readers around the world. Our authors can be confident that their works will reach the widest possible scholarly audience, and our institutional customers will have access to a growing range of high value academic works.

"We have worked with Ebooks Corporation for many years as a trusted technology provider, and chose their eb20 platform because it combines the twin virtues of robustness and immense simplicity," he added.

Ebooks Corporation's Director of Technical Services, Suzanne Cole said, "We're delighted that Cambridge University Press has selected eb20 as their technical platform for Cambridge eBook Collections. Cambridge is a leader in academic digital publishing and eb20's intuitive user interface and strong security will be an ideal platform for the purpose."

More details

eb20 is a browser-based online ebook reader that was originally developed by Ebooks Corporation for use by the customers of its consumer ebook service, www.ebooks.com . One of its main features is that eb20 combines ease of use with strong anti-piracy measures. Until now, strong copy-protection has meant a clumsy and complicated end-user experience.

Initial Subject Collections will include: -- Language & Linguistics -- Economics -- Business and Finance -- Physics -- Maths

About Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press was founded by a royal charter granted to the University of Cam-bridge by King Henry VIII in 1534. It is the oldest printer and publisher in the world, having been operating continuously since 1584, and is one of the largest academic publishers globally. Its purpose is to further the University's objective of advancing learning, knowledge and research. The Press currently publishes over 2,500 titles and 150 journals a year, which are sold to some 200 countries across the globe.

About Ebooks Corporation

Ebooks Corporation is a public company that has specialized in the production and distribution of digital books since 1997. The company has partnerships with all of the world's leading trade, professional and scholarly publishers. The company has a multi-channel market strategy, distributing its collection of over 100,000 titles to consumers via the retail portal, eBooks.com, and to academic and research institutions via EBL: The eBook Library. Ebooks Corporation also provides advisory and technology services to global book publishers and retailers.

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CONTACT: Hannah Perrett, Sales & Marketing Manager, e-publishing ofCambridge University Press, +44-0-1223-325741, hperrett(at)cambridge.org,or Suzanne Cole, Director, eb20 Technical Services of Ebooks CorporationLtd, +61-0-8-9385-5851, sccole(at)ebookscorporation.com

Web site: http://www.eBooks.com/ http://www.cambridge.org//