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LibreDigital Service Delivers Breakthrough Browser For Publishers

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August 24 – August 31, 2006 Edition

LibreDigital Service

Delivers Breakthrough

Browser For Publishers

AUSTIN, TX/8/22/06—LibreDigital, a new division of NewsStand, Inc., has announced it has launched the first service that allows book publishers to digitally capture and deliver controlled book content online. The new LibreDigital Warehouse service enables leading publishers, such as HarperCollins Publishers, to quickly and easily bring top titles to the web, where consumers can search the entire content of a book and preview a percentage of its text and illustrations. The book publishing milestone is made possible using the ASP-based LibreDigital Warehouse solution, a one-stop-shop for publishers looking to simplify the complexities of Internet distribution and partner management, while providing secure, controlled online content to help sell books to millions of consumers.

LibreDigital: Although the Google book scanning project will continue for books whose copyrights have expired, publishers want to continue to protect their copyrighted material. The new LibreDigital Warehouse solution, which is used by HarperCollins Publishers in their recently announced “Browse Inside” program, helps with this. It gives consumers a way to search the entire content of a book and preview a percentage of its contents online – while preventing it from being printed or copied in an unauthorized way. Another benefit for readers is the quality of the content is up to par with what the publishers deliver in print. And most important, by giving book publisher’s a way to control copyrighted content served on the web, the new technology can help ease the tensions between the book industry and Google. In addition, the new technology makes it easier for bookseller’s to tap into the publisher’s online catalog, for improved online marketing.

Here’s a quick list of HarperCollins authors with Look Inside spotlights: Browse Inside launched with a number of authors including Isabel Allende, Paulo Coelho, Bernard Cornwell, Michael Crichton, C.S. Lewis, Lisa Scottoline, and Robin Sharma.

“The ability for people to easily search an entire book’s content and preview chapters online before they buy it, brings the experience of traditional casual book shopping to the Web,” said Brian Murray, Group President, HarperCollins Publishers. “We believe LibreDigital’s service is an important tool for helping our authors, distributors and independent booksellers better market and sell titles on the Web, while giving us control over the permissions and presentation quality of copyrighted material.”

The unique LibreDigital Warehouse service enables book publishers to display valuable content online in a high-quality, highly-searchable format, while maintaining tight controls over digital rights and permissions. As part of the service, LibreDigital can securely and easily digitize book content, make the content viewable on websites anywhere in the world, and directly interface with search engines and online booksellers. Features offered by LibreDigital include content digitization, asset ingest, automated tagging, digital rights management, digital content display, search, and page view control.

After digitizing a book’s content using LibreDigital technology, publishers can provide their distributors and consumers a way to search and virtually preview book content online. For publishers, the new service offers a better way to meet the increasing digital demands of Internet consumers, while also helping book sellers of all sizes to improve their book marketing capabilities and protect the valuable copyrighted works of today’s leading authors.

“The world of bringing book content online is here to stay,” said Craig A. Miller, General Manager of LibreDigital. “The work we’re doing today is a big step in helping the industry find a balance between making book content easily accessible, while ensuring that literary copyrights of authors are adequately protected.”

About LibreDigital, a Division of NewsStand, Inc.

LibreDigital, a division of NewsStand, Inc., offers book publishers and their partners a fast, secure and high-quality service to deliver searchable book content on the Internet, while protecting author’s and publisher’s rights to their copyrighted works. LibreDigital is the exclusive provider of digital warehouse services to HarperCollins Publishers. For more information, please visit www.libredigital.com.

NewsStand, Inc. is the leading digital partner for premier publishers of newspapers, magazines and books and is one of eContent Magazine’s Top 100 Companies. Currently, the company delivers digital content and delivery solutions to over 200 magazine and newspaper titles as well as book publishers in more than 120 countries. NewsStand is a privately held company headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in New York City Germany, and the United Kingdom. Investors include Adams Capital Management, Noro-Moseley Partners and the New York Times Company.