June 26th, 2004. Orlando, Florida - Ebooks Corporation (http://www.ebooks.com) today announced the launch of EBL (http://www.ebl.ebooks.com) at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference. EBL is a new ebook-lending platform designed to meet the demands of academic and research libraries.
Drawing on extensive experience in print and digital publishing and on advice from respected members of the library, publishing and technology communities, eBooks Corporation has developed a pioneering approach to ebook lending. Non-Linear Lending enables libraries to better meet the peaks and troughs of full-text demand.
EBL provides an intuitive interface for flexible purchase and lending of a growing collection of digital book titles that is designed to suit the specific needs of academic and research librarians. The new service allows publishers to provide their content through a choice of flexible lending models, including multiple concurrent use, unlimited access and short-term circulation. Additionally, individual ebook chapters can be set aside for reserve lending or inclusion within course packs.
Kari Paulson, General Manager of EBL, said, "We are confident that EBL will be a valuable resource for academic and research librarians, in large part because we have developed it in collaboration with such a committed and creative group of advising institutions. We are fortunate to have a brilliant technical team in Perth, who have packed EBL with functions that will delight library patrons and librarians."
The collection comprises content across all subject areas, with an initial focus on recent publications, principally in the areas of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). Leading global academic publishers have signed on to EBL, including Taylor and Francis, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Kluwer and World Scientific Press.
In addition to providing an elegant platform for acquisition management, EBL has entered into partnerships with leading book distributors, Blackwell's Book Services and Dawson Books, in North America, the UK and Australia, respectively.
International advisors in the development of EBL have included: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research (Switzerland); Yale University Library (USA); Curtin University of Technology (Australia); North Carolina State University (USA); R2 Consulting (USA); Dawson Books (UK), Blackwell's Book Services (USA) and the Consortium of Australian University Libraries (Australia).
About Ebooks Corporation Ltd.
Ebooks Corporation is a global provider of electronic books. It has distribution agreements with publishers in the US, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company has longstanding working relationships with Adobe, Microsoft, Mobipocket and other stakeholders in the ebook industry. Ebooks Corporation hosts and securely distributes ebooks through its retail site ebooks.com (http://www.ebooks.com). EBL (http://www.ebl.ebooks.com) is a best of breed software platform that delivers a rapidly expanding catalogue of recent and relevant ebooks to academic and research libraries.