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Ingram Digital Structures For Further Growth

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March 14 – March 20, 2008 Edition

Ingram Digital

Structures

For Further Growth

LaVERGNE, TN/3/10/08–Ingram Digital, an Ingram Content company, has announced that it is enhancing the structure of its organization in order to meet the increasing demands of its growing roster of customers.

"With this new structure, Ingram Digital will effectively deliver the rapidly expanding catalogue of digital content management and distribution solutions it has been developing over the past twelve months," said James Gray, President and CEO of Ingram Digital.

Ingram Digital was launched in 2006 and has quickly accelerated to become one of the leading independent eContent distributors and suppliers of digital content management, hosting, and distribution solutions for publishers, retailers, libraries, higher education institutions and resellers worldwide.

The company reached a number of significant milestones in 2007 including initiating its operations in EMEA with the opening of new offices in the UK and appointing more than 60 new positions, worldwide. Solution highlights included: VitalSource commemorating the billionth book distributed in its VitalBook format, MyiLibrary reaching the 100,000-title mark on its aggregated library eBook platform, and CoreSource being selected by leading US publishing group Macmillan as the single platform for managing and distributing its digital assets worldwide.

"We had a remarkable year in 2007 with the addition of more customers and an extensive expansion of our services," said Mr. Gray. "As our industry and the needs of our customers continue to evolve in the digital arena, we fully intend to continue our success in 2008 and deliver on our mission of being the number one independent aggregator and distributor of eContent, worldwide. To that end we have expanded our company structure to ensure we can continue to offer our customers the best in digital content solutions, regardless of their size or market need."

Four new business units have been created within Ingram Digital, each delivering solutions specific to the requirements of the markets they are focused on:

Education Solutions – will focus on the individual sales of content from publishers to students in professional, higher and scholastic education markets, utilizing the VitalSource file format, VitalBook. William Chesser, already VP of Sales and Marketing for VitalSource, has been appointed as Vice President and General Manager, Education Solutions. Institutional Solutions – will focus on selling and delivering eBooks to academic, public, government and corporate libraries via the MyiLibrary aggregated online eBook platform. 2008 will also see an expansion of audio and eBook download solutions for Ingram Digital’s library customers. Rich Rosy, formerly VP of Business Development for Asia Pacific, is Vice President and General Manager, Institutional Solutions. Retail Solutions – will help publishers and online retailers market, promote, sell and deliver eBooks and digital audio books to consumers. Andrew Weinstein, who has served in a number of senior executive

positions for both Ingram Digital and Lightning Source Inc. (another Ingram Content company) has been appointed Vice President and General Manager, Retail Solutions. Content Solutions – is concentrated around the digital asset management and distribution ‘warehouse’ of Ingram Digital and is tasked with supplying content solutions not only for the other business units, but also publishers from all market sectors and regions. Its services will include the Ingram Digital Content Hub (the digital archive) as well as CoreSource (Ingram Digital’s asset management solution). It will also oversee key Ingram Digital partnerships such as the Microsoft Live Search Books program. Tyler Ruse, previously of Structured Publishing and Code Mantra, has been recruited as Vice President and General Manager, Content Solutions.

In support of the new business units, Ingram Digital has also developed a new central support team tasked with presenting Ingram Digital’s technologies and services to the publishing industry – and marketing Ingram Digital and its solutions to publishers, customers and end-users. Made up of three departments: Publisher Business Development, Custom Solutions, and Marketing. Martin Marlow, formerly VP of Product and Marketing, will head up the new division as Vice President of Marketing and Publisher Business Development. The existing technology, human resource and finance team structures of Ingram Digital will remain unchanged. Mark Carden, SVP & General Manager, MyiLibrary, Ltd., will continue to lead Ingram Digital’s expansion in Europe, drawing on the global and local resources within this new organizational structure.

"Ingram Digital has expanded rapidly and experienced great success," said John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Ingram Content companies – Ingram Digital, Ingram Book Group, and Lightning Source Inc. "A key o this success has been the support system from our other Ingram Content companies and the services we provide to our publishers, retailers and consumers. More importantly, our customers are now seeing the money-making opportunities in the digital frontier and recognizing that the systems for achieving new revenues are more affordable, organized and available than ever before."

About Ingram Digital

Ingram Digital is an Ingram Content company, and was recently named as one of the 100 eContent companies that matter most by EContent magazine. Together with Ingram Book Group and Lightning Source Inc., the Ingram Content companies provide a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram Digital provides publishers and other content owners with a comprehensive offering of digital content accession, storage, management and distribution services. Ingram Digital currently has several solution platforms – including MyiLibrary and VitalSource Technologies – which serve the institutional and educational markets respectively. In addition, Ingram Digital also serves the retail market with full eBook and audio book downloads as well as various search-and-discovery and marketing tools such as widgets. For more information, visit www.ingramdigital.com