ebrary, a ProQuest company, announced today that it is expanding its reach into non-English speaking markets, specifically the Nordic regions, in order to bring ebook content to those areas that could currently be considered not worth it by most major ebook retailers and distributors. Specifically in reaching out to Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, ebrary is furthering the global reach of digital publishing, as well as helping authors and publishers with their discoverability in finding whole new customer bases.
“We strive to serve both our librarian and end-user customers in the most effective ways possible. This not only entails aggregating vast amounts of content but also packaging it in a way that is digestible and makes sense for the researcher,” said Leslie Lees, ebrary’s Vice President of Content Development, in a press release. “The Nordic Collection is another step forward in opening more avenues to learning; we will continue to extend our local language programs to provide the most appropriate content to our customers worldwide.”
“We are delighted to make our ebooks available to libraries through ebrary in order to meet the research needs of our end-users,” said Dr. Karin Timme, Publisher at Frank & Timme. “By partnering with ebrary, we are able to grow our business by leveraging the various business models and their other partnerships, which enable both companies to ultimately provide greater accessibility to libraries around the world.”
ebrary announced at the same time that it will also support titles from German publishers like Verlag C.H. Beck, W. Bertelsmann Verlag (WBV), and the aforementioned Frank & Timme. All of this expansion serves to help libraries worldwide in their efforts to bring current digital content to their patrons, furthering the climate of digital publishing by enabling an ebook lending model that meets the publishers’ and the consumers’ needs.