MILTON KEYNES, U.K. – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that it has expanded its CoreSource platform to include direct distribution to the British Library, making it easy for publishers to comply with United Kingdom legal deposit law.
"The principle of legal deposit has been well established for over four centuries, and has helped the British Library build an unrivalled collection of publishing," said Andrew Davis, Legal Deposit & Digital Acquisitions Manager at the British Library. "Through new legal deposit regulations, we are now beginning to build a comprehensive library of electronic publications, and we are pleased that Ingram's CoreSource platform will help us achieve that."
Publishers and distributors in the U. K. have a legal obligation to send one copy of each of their printed books and paper publications to the Legal Deposit Office of the British Library within one month of publication. Beginning 6 April 2013, publishers will also be able to submit non-print works including e-book content to comply with new legal deposit regulations.
Ingram has developed a distribution option within its CoreSource platform to allow publishers to seamlessly submit content to the British Library and comply with e-book submission legal requirements. Many publishers use the CoreSource platform for digital asset management in the U.K., and Taylor & Francis and Kogan Page will be among the first to use the platform to furnish the British Library with e-book content. The British Library intends to work with up to 25 U.K. e-book publishers in 2013 as it begins to scale up digital collecting under the digital legal deposit regulations.
"Ingram's market leading CoreSource platform helps publishers deliver e-books efficiently to destinations worldwide, all from one system," said David Taylor, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition International, Ingram Content Group. "We are pleased that it has a role in helping the British Library ensure that our nation's published digital content is collected and preserved for future generations."
The CoreSource platform from Ingram is an easy-to-use, online solution for storing, managing, and distributing digital content. The platform delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organization to any channel partner or organization globally.
Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 26,000 publishers use Ingram's fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com
About the British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk- every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.
About UK Legal Deposit
By law, a copy of every U.K. print publication must be given to the British Library by its publishers, and to five other major libraries that request it. This system is called legal deposit and has been a part of English law since 1662. From 6 April 2013, legal deposit also covers material published digitally and online, so that the Legal Deposit Libraries can provide a national archive of the U.K.'s non-print published material, such as websites, blogs, e-journals and CD-ROMs.
The Legal Deposit Libraries are: the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, the University Library, Cambridge, and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. For more information on legal deposit see: http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/introduction/index.html