Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012
IU Press at forefront of university press e-initiatives
Publisher signs with Ingram's CoreSource and IU eTexts to make books available digitally
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In an age when e-publishing is omnipresent in daily news and some believe e-readers are the future of books, Indiana University Press has increased its digital presence by partnering with Ingram's CoreSource Plus and Indiana University's eTexts.
In an agreement that is now in effect, IU Press will work with CoreSource for digital asset management and distribution, enabling the press to reach additional general readers via relationships with more than 160 retailers, library suppliers and other business partners. Content will be available in multiple electronic formats, making it more convenient for customers to purchase books for their preferred e-reader, such as the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo or iPad.
"As our distribution partner for e-books, CoreSource will enhance the speed our books reach customers electronically," said Dave Hulsey, IU Press director of sales and marketing. "Our award-winning books will now be available simultaneously as print and electronic editions."
In a separate undertaking, IU Press will partner with Indiana University's eTexts to deliver selected e-textbooks to students on all IU campuses. The agreement will provide students with designated required textbooks as part of their set course fees. The students will have the option to access digital or printed copies, with uninterrupted access to their titles while they are enrolled at IU. The partnership is effective with the fall 2012 semester.
"Indiana University's eTexts project is of immense value to IU students, and we welcome the opportunity to play a part in the university's educational mission," said Kathryn Caras, IU Press director of electronic and serials publishing. "We look forward to offering some of our most important titles to IU students at very reasonable prices."
As a leading academic publisher, IU Press publishes books and journals with lasting relevance for scholarship, teaching and learning.
"We're very pleased that our very own IU Press is taking part in the university's eTexts effort," said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and chief information officer. "IU Press titles truly reflect our intellectual community, so it's particularly important that they're available at a great value to students."
Retailers interested in selling e-books from CoreSource should email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on IU's eTexts initiative, frequently asked questions and details on eTexts signups for fall 2012, visit etexts.iu.edu.