Shortcovers Adds 1.8 Million Titles Through Internet Archive`s BookServer Project

Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:00am EST

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Partnership Emphasizes Shortcovers` Commitment to Providing the Best Selection
of Books to Users on the Device of their Choice
TORONTO--(Business Wire)--
Shortcovers by Indigo Books & Music, Inc. (TSX:IDG), a leading global eBook
service, today announced that 1.8 million additional titles from the Internet
Archive will be made available free of charge through the Shortcovers store.
This partnership will give Shortcovers users access to Internet Archive`s
recently-launched BookServer project on their smartphones, eReaders and
desktops. 

Internet Archive has a library of 1.8 million public domain classics, academic
works, reference materials, and fiction and non-fiction titles. The collection
includes works in 180 languages, acquired from over 200 library partners and
scanning locations in five countries. Over 1,000 new books are added each day.
The partnership reaffirms Shortcovers` commitment to making eBooks instantly
available on the devices consumers already own. 

"Internet Archive has performed an incredible service for those who love the
written word. It is the Library of Alexandria for the digital age," said Michael
Tamblyn, Vice President of Content, Sales and Merchandising for Shortcovers. "We
want to do our part in making these titles available to as many readers as
possible all over the world. We believe you can be both passionately engaged in
selling books and at the same time committed to openness in the industry." 

"We are delighted to work with Shortcovers to increase access to over 1.8
million public domain texts in the EPUB format," said Peter Brantley, the
Director of the Internet Archive's BookServer Project. "The Internet Archive
believes that partners strongly committed to the growing eBook market are an
important element in our effort to maximize the amount of information available
to the widest possible number of people." 

Internet Archive`s library of titles will be added to Shortcovers` current
selection, which includes titles from all top publishers, including Random
House, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, Harlequin, Wiley and
Penguin, as well as literary, independent and regional presses. PDF and
downloadable EPUB will be available this week, with access via Shortcovers
mobile apps soon after. 

Currently Shortcovers offers mobile applications for iPhone, Blackberry, Android
and Palm Pre, and also provides the service for popular eReaders like the Sony
eReader through partnership with Adobe. 

For more information or to download Shortcovers, visit www.shortcovers.com. 

About Shortcovers

Shortcovers is a new eBook service developed by Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Shortcovers allows consumers to find their next great read, sample and purchase
for immediate download on any mobile device. The service will provide instant
access to the newest ebooks, hottest authors and most popular articles and
blogs. Not just for avid readers, Shortcovers is for consumers who want the
convenience of accessing and reading their favorite content, anytime, anywhere,
on the mobile devices they already own. For more information, please visit
www.shortcovers.com. 

A key differentiator for Shortcovers is that unlike the Amazon Kindle or Sony
eReader, Shortcovers is available for free on a consumer`s existing device.
Shortcovers mobile applications for iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre and Android are
available at www.shortcovers.com/mobile. The Shortcovers iPhone application is
available for free download in the iTunes App Stores worldwide. The Shortcovers
Blackberry application is available for free download in the Blackberry AppWorld
and the Pre application is available in Palm`s App Catalogue. Shortcovers will
be expanding their mobile application portfolio to include applications for
other smartphones, netbooks and eReaders. 

About Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) is a publicly traded Canadian company and
the largest book retailer in Canada, operating bookstores in all provinces under
the names Indigo Books Music & More, Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore and
Coles. Indigo operates www.chapters.indigo.ca, an online retailer of books,
music, DVDs and toys. To learn more about Indigo, please visit the About Our
Company section of www.chapters.indigo.ca. 

About Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an
Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers,
historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been conducting
international web archival crawl operations, and receiving data donations from
partners, for over a decade. The organization has grown to include texts, audio,
moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections. 

The Internet Archive is working with publishing, digital book, and technology
firms to create a new standard for discovering, acquiring, and reading books
online. Just as the world wide web is composed of trillions of pages of
information, we are seeking to create a new system where any library, bookstore,
or publisher can make digital books available to anyone, without being reliant
on only one or two distributors. We call this open book architecture:
"BookServer". 

Using open technical standards and formats, BookServer defines a distributed,
web-based approach that allows libraries and publishers to publish catalogs of
their available works. Readers are able to find titles from many different
sources, and get content on a wide range of devices (mobile phones, e-readers,
or computers), in any digital format.

Sparkpr
Meghan Rathman, 917-639-3435
meghan@sparkpr.com



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