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Follett Digital Resources Signs Five More Publishers To eBook Distribution Agreements

Posted Feb 4, 2010
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Follett Digital Resources has announced that five additional publishers have signed major eBook distribution agreements with the company.

With these agreements, a total of more than 62,000 K-12 and public library titles are now available for purchase online through parent company Follett's ecommerce sites, Titlewave and TitleTales.

Here is a closer look at the five publishers that have recently signed eBook distribution agreements:

  • Universum Communications, Philadelphia. Through its Insider Guide series and two websites ( and, Universum provides profiles of companies, careers and industries to guide job seekers toward finding the right career, industry, company and job.
  • ipicturebooks, New York and Brick Tower Press, New York. Both ipicturebooks and Brick Tower Press are book packagers with licensed digital books from Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Dutton, Scholastic and Reader's Digest.
  • Phoenix Books & Audio, Beverly Hills, Calif. Phoenix Books & Audio is a producer of books and audio books, with everything ranging from mystery and suspense to self-motivation and autobiographies to fiction and non-fiction.
  • Lobster Press, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lobster Press is an award-winning Canadian publisher of children's publications.

The addition of titles from these five publishers makes Follett's eBook program more valuable to the more than 60,000 K-12 schools and libraries Follett serves. Follett now offers eBook titles from more than 300 publishers.  

The Follett Digital Resources eBook distribution system uses five key pieces of technology to deliver eBooks:

  1. Virtual Warehousing - Technology that holds eBooks at the ready until sold to a Follett school or library customer.
  2. Preview - Functionality that allows buyers and patrons to preview pages of an eBook prior to purchase.
  3. Digital Rights Management - Ensures intellectual property is protected as eBooks are distributed and viewed.
  4. Virtual Shelves - A virtual space for each institution's purchased Follett eBooks where they are poised for checkout and reading by school and library patrons.
  5. Follett Digital Readers - eBook readers for viewing and interacting with eBooks online and offline once they have been purchased by a Follett school or public library customer and opened or downloaded by a library patron.

When a school or library buys an eBook title from Follett, the title is moved to a virtual shelf where it resides until a school or library patron checks it out. Digital rights management technology ensures that once a title is checked out by one person, it can't be checked out by anyone else until it has been returned to the virtual shelf. Where possible, the eBook distribution system is tightly connected with leading integrated library systems, allowing searching, accessing and returning eBooks to become part of the library's standard circulation process.

Source: Follett Digital Resources,

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