Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bibliotheca to export Douglas County, Colorado library eBook model worldwide

No Shelf Required reports that Bibliotheca, a Switzerland-based vendor of self-service print book circulation kiosks and security equipment for libraries, is turning the in-house eBook system developed by the Douglas County, CO public library and its partners into a commercial product. Bibliotheca will provide services for aggregating eBook purchases from participating libraries in order to maximize discounts from publishers, and provide a secure DRM environment for publishers. (It's not clear whether they're simply going to resell Adobe's Content Server, find a comparable DRM platform from another vendor, or develop their own DRM solution.)

Bibliotheca will base its eBook operation near Denver, and it will be run by Monique Sendze, who's currently the Associate Director of Information Technology at Douglas County Libraries. The company plans to introduce its platform in early 2013, and will initially focus on North American libraries before expanding worldwide.
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