Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 7 July/August 2001
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ebrary Announces Company News

ebrary has announced the commercial availability of ebrarian, a solution for channel partners that will enable online organizations to increase profitability and Web site traffic. In other news, ebrary has announced that it has signed agreements with 12 university presses, Springer-Verlag, DSI Publishing Group, and Learning Network.

According to the announcement, ebrarian lets publishers, Internet portals, academic institutions, libraries, e-learning companies, large corporations, and other organizations provide high-value, focused content to attract and retain customers, increase sales, and make their Web site properties more valuable to advertisers. ebrary's channel partner strategy also operates additional channels to help increase online access and sales.

Channel partners can target specific markets by making their own content securely available online, by accessing relevant content from ebrary's collection, or by combining content from both. Partners can also determine what payment models are appropriate to their businesses. ebrarian supports a customizable business model that allows publishers and channel partners to specify how much content can be viewed or purchased, as well as the price of acquiring content.

ebrarian is powered by ebrary InfoTools, which provides exploration and comprehension capabilities. Users can interact with content down to the word level to obtain definitions, translations, biographical information, maps, and more; navigate through the content; and access additional materials available on the Web via an intuitive interface. ebrarian also uses Adobe PDF technology to present content true to the original design of the printed document.

In addition, ebrarian's real-time activity reports on document viewing, usage, micro-transactions, and purchases provide data for channel partners to make informed buying and marketing decisions while protecting user privacy.

ebrarian is available now to channel partners in the U.S. and U.K. Pricing will vary according to organizations' individual requirements, including customization and hosting services.

University Presses
ebrary has signed content-distribution agreements with 12 university presses. These new content providers are MIT Press, University of California Press, Stanford University Press, Columbia University Press, University of Texas Press, University of North Carolina Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of Hawaii Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Marquette University Press, Purdue University Press, and University of Utah Press.

Under terms of the agreements, the university presses will provide ebrary with thousands of titles ranging from business and finance to anthropology and zoology. Many of these works will be available to ebrary's online channel partners as part of ebrarian and will also be available on the site.

ebrary's partnership with scientific publisher Springer-Verlag will provide it with collections of authoritative mathematics and statistics titles that will be available to channel partners via ebrarian as well as the site. According to the announcement, the relationship enables Springer-Verlag to securely and efficiently tap new online markets and benefit researchers, professionals, students, and other Internet users worldwide.

DSI Publishing Group
DSI Publishing Group, a division of Digital Scanning, Inc., a provider of conversion and scanning services, will make its collection of Early-American history reproductions available online through

"Not only does ebrary enable us to share our valuable collection with a wide audience of Internet users, it also gives us competitive advantage," said Kate Crane, vice president of DSI Publishing Group. "By distributing our historical documents through ebrary, we achieve new revenue opportunities and greater exposure on the Web. We're extremely excited to be a part of and look forward to working with the company as we continue to grow our collection."

Learning Network
Learning Network, a consumer-education source, will use ebrarian for channel partners. With ebrarian, Learning Network will enable its community of students, professionals, and lifelong learners to find and access the authoritative, educational information they need on the Internet, according to the announcement.

Learning Network will leverage ebrarian to securely distribute its own authoritative educational and reference content online via its network of Web sites. Additionally, the company will provide its users with access to ebrary's online collections of copyright-protected books, periodicals, journals, and more.

Source: ebrary, Mountain View, CA, 650/230-0700;

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