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Librius, Inc. Introduces Electronic Publishing Service

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Librius, Inc. Introduces Electronic Publishing Service

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Librius, Inc. has announced the Librius World Library, a new service for publishers and authors of trade and mass market books. The service makes it possible for publishers and authors to deliver copies of their works directly to buyers in digital format via the Internet.

Later this year, Librius will introduce a small, low-cost electronic book, about the same size as a paperback, that can store up to 10 titles at one time. Consumers will download titles via a personal computer Internet connection or through dedicated terminals at their local bookseller. Once a customer purchases a book it will be available at any time from the customer's personal library on the Librius system, allowing the user to freely exchange the titles stored in the electronic reader with those in the personal library.

"With the Librius system, copies of books are never stored in any form on the user's PC, where copyright security can be compromised," said Don Ledford, chief technologist at Librius. "The books are stored either in our archive or in the reader- always in a securely encrypted form."

"The costs of printing, warehousing, and distributing books discourage publishers from taking chances on new authors," said Don Bottoms, president and CEO of Librius. "Electronic publishing means not only greater variety but also greater accessibility, because an electronic book never has to go out of print."

Rather than replacing paper books, Librius will enable publishers to test the popularity of a new title before deciding how many copies to print. …

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