An important breakthrough for the Finnish ebook in Russia
PRESS RELEASE 29 NOVEMBER 2007
Ellibs Oy, a Finnish company specialising in the sales, marketing and technology of ebooks, has concluded a significant partnership agreement with the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (GPNTB), the first in Russia to introduce Ellibs Oy’s virtual library.
The Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology is the leading supplier of library systems in the country, as well as an important publisher of non-fiction. The objective of this partnership is to agree on deliveries of Ellibs’ library system to Russia and, on the other hand, the global distribution of Russian non-fiction through Ellibs’ ebook store.
An ebook refers to an electronic book downloaded over the web, which can be bought or borrowed from a library similarly to a printed book. In case of a library, the book automatically returns to the library after the lending period has elapsed. The advantages of a digital book include immediate availability and versatile search properties: for example, an ebook allows you to look for information as if using a search engine.
“In Russia, great investments are being made in the digitalisation of library collections, and a number of associated projects are under way in the country. We believe that the services offered by us and our unique DRM technology will win us a good foothold in the Russian library market. Especially as regards non-fiction, ebooks are rapidly emerging as an alternative and backup for traditional printed books”, says Managing Director Jarmo Heikkilä from Ellibs Oy.
For more information please contact:
Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology
Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (www.gpntb.ru)
The National Public Library for Science and Technology works under the Russian Ministry of Education and Science e.g. as the national centre for domestic and foreign scientific and technical literature and correspondence. The library is an information centre with a high level of automation, whose scope of activities also includes the introduction of new library technologies.
Ellibs Oy is a company specialising in the sales, marketing and technology of ebooks. Ellibs offers its customers automated services relevant to electronic publication and management of materials. Its partners include a number of non-fiction publishers, libraries and companies both in Finland and Europe. The Ellibs store already features some 15,000 ebooks, with the selection increasing daily.
Ellibs Oy is part of the Lingsoft Group