SAINT-LAZARE, QUEBEC, October 8 /CNW/ - Gibson Library Connections (GLC),
a leading provider of eBooks to the Canadian library community, today
announced that it has greatly expanded its product line and customer base
since licensing the ebrary platform in 2005. Among other achievements, GLC's
growing roster of customers now exceeds 35 Canadian institutions including
over one third of the universities in the country, representing more than
500,000 end users. In 2007, the company estimates it will increase its revenue
by more than 300% over the previous year.
"Gibson Library Connection built its business line from the ground up
using the ebrary platform, and we are excited to see such a tremendous return
on our investment," said Gary Gibson, President of Gibson Library Connections.
"We chose the ebrary platform based on its affordability, flexibility, and
rich functionality such as InfoTools."
"It is extremely gratifying to be able to help an innovative company like
GLC be successful through our technology," said Monica Nogueira, ebrary's
Global Director of Business Development. "We look forward to continually
enhancing our platform to enable publishers, libraries, and other
organizations to cost-effectively, securely, and efficiently distribute and
archive their eContent online."
In June 2005, Gibson launched the Canadian Electronic Library (CEL) with
the Canadian Publishers and Canadian Public Policy Collections using the
ebrary platform. At the time, the Publishers Collection included approximately
2,000 titles from a dozen publishers, which GLC licensed to Canadian libraries
under a subscription model.
"It was extremely quick and easy for us to get our business up and
running on the ebrary platform," said Gibson. "The content submission process
is straightforward, and it includes excellent DRM features. And, since ebrary
provides a hosted service, there were no development or overhead costs."
By the end of the year, CEL will include more than 14,000 titles making
it Canada's largest collection of eBooks for libraries. The selection includes
nearly 7,000 current in-copyright titles from 50 major Canadian publishers
such as McClelland & Stewart, Irwin law, University of Toronto Press, and
McGill-Queen's University Press. CEL customers may choose among pre-selected
databases or purchase titles individually.
In 2008, GLC plans to migrate to ebrary's forthcoming standalone licensed
product, which will be implemented and maintained in Canada.
In a separate press release issued today, ebrary announced that Duke
University Press has licensed its platform to host and deliver a new eBook
product. The press release is available at
For more information about the ebrary platform, please email
About Gibson Library Connections
Gibson Library Connections is a publisher and distributor of digital
content serving the Canadian library market. As a distributor, GLC represents
a select number of international publishers, including ebrary, providing
Canadian libraries with a trusted local source for selection and acquisition
of valuable electronic resources. GLC's publishing activities are centered on
the Canadian Electronic Library.
About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)
ebrary(R) is a leading provider of eContent services and technology. The
company helps libraries, publishers, and other organizations disseminate
valuable information to end users, while improving their research and document
The company has developed a flexible eContent platform, which customers
may use in a number of different, integrated capacities: ebrary customers may
purchase or subscribe to eBooks and other content under a variety of pricing
and access models, and they may license the ebrary platform to distribute,
sell, and market their own content online. All options are delivered using a
customizable interface and include the ebrary Reader(TM) with InfoTools(TM)
software, which enable integration with other resources to provide an
economical and efficient way to utilize information.
ebrary currently offers a growing selection of more than 120,000 eBooks
and other titles from more than 260 leading publishers and aggregators.
For four consecutive years, ebrary has been named to the EContent 100
list of "companies that matter most" in the digital content industry.
Founded in 1999, ebrary is privately held and is headquartered in Palo
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