Digital content services provider Ingram Digital Group, US, an Ingram Content company, has announced that it has been selected by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) as the preferred partner to establish a new co-operative eBook service for its publisher members. This agreement gives ALPSP's over 260 member organisations an easy and affordable way to create digital content and to distribute this to the global academic community.
ALPSP has selected Ingram Digital to provide a range of eBook services to ALPSP members, starting with the establishment of an ALPSP eBook Collection (AeBC) programme based on the Ingram Digital platform, MyiLibrary. ALPSP members will be invited to contribute titles to an ALPSP-branded range of subject-based eBook collections which will be offered to libraries and other institutions through the extensive network of MyiLibrary content distribution partners including Swets, the current provider of the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection. The Collection will also offer ALPSP members the opportunity to upload a range of content including unpriced grey literature and research reports, as well as providing a secure route for their members to access the eBooks published by the host society or association.
Contribution of content to the collections will be facilitated by Ingram Digital's existing agreement with Microsoft, which will give ALPSP members free access to scanning and digitisation services as part of the Microsoft Live Search Books programme.
In addition, ALPSP members will have access to Ingram Digital's full range of digital content solutions, including CoreSource, the digital asset management and distribution system which is optimised for content hosting, management, distribution, conversion and transformation across multiple eBook formats. From CoreSource, ALPSP member publishers will be able to flow content to Lightning Source Inc. to produce print-on-demand titles as well as enable digital content distribution to all markets and channels including both retail and institutional across all world wide markets.
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