Rovia, Houghton Mifflin Deliver Electronic Textbooks

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Rovia, Inc., a provider of secure, electronic distribution infrastructure for the publishing industry, and Houghton Mifflin Co., an educational publisher, have announced an agreement to deliver Houghton Mifflin College Division content online. Using Rovia's secure, interactive, Web-based platform, the College Division is offering online versions of textbooks to colleges and universities during the spring semester. According to the announcement, the agreement reflects Houghton Mifflin's commitment to expanding the reach of its content and services beyond traditional channels.

"Rovia's technology not only offers us a high level of security, but also adds high functionality designed to enhance learning," said June. Smith, executive vice president of Houghton Mifflin College Division. "From the hundreds of sites that complement our programs to delivering enhanced textbook content online, we are committed to offering our customers learning options. Rovia shares this commitment by enabling users to access our electronic textbooks through a variety of platforms."

"Houghton Mifflin is a model for other textbook publishers who want to capitalize on the full scope of e-publishing opportunities available on the Web," said Andres Nannetti, Rovia's CEO. "Their forward-thinking approach makes them an ideal partner for Rovia. Their vision of the future of e-publishing ties in perfectly with the infrastructure and level of service that Rovia provides. As they look to expand the online reach of their content over the Web, secure distribution and access of this content will become increasingly important. …

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