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.