December 17, 2009
For Immediate Release
The University of Chicago Press / BiblioVault
Contact: Kevin Stacey / 773-834-0386 /

New E-commerce Solution Helps University and Non-Profit Publishers Sell E-books

The University of Chicago Press and BiblioVault, the digital repository operated by the Chicago Distribution Center, have unveiled a powerful new shopping cart solution that enables participating presses to sell e-books directly on their own websites. The new cart overcomes the formidable technical challenges that have generally led non-profit and university press publishers to cede e-book sales to large retailers.

"It brings university presses fully into the electronic publishing world," said Garrett Kiely, director of the University of Chicago Press. "The ability to sell print and electronic editions side by side is crucial. We believe that e-books and 'p-books' will co-exist rather than replace each other and this shopping experience finally lets them work together."

The University of Chicago Press is using the new cart to offer approximately 1,000 titles for immediate download with options for 30-, 180-day and perpetual access. Several of the Chicago Distribution Center's partners, including the University of Alabama Press, University of Iowa Press, Ohio University Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, Stanford University Press, Temple University Press, Utah State University Press, and University of Wisconsin Press have also started using the system.

"We have begun, through our relationship with the Chicago Distribution Center and BiblioVault, to roll out 150 titles in Adobe's Digital Editions format, and to make these downloadable to individual readers directly through the shopping cart," said Michael Spooner, director of the Utah State University Press. "Developing the cart system to make this possible was no easy task; it is certainly nothing we could have achieved alone."

"We're very pleased not only to offer e-books to our customers directly, but also to have flexibility in how we offer them," said James McCoy, marketing and sales manager at the University of Iowa Press. "Using the new cart solution, we've rolled out 200 e-books on our site with the option of perpetual or 120-day ownership, and we're really starting to see some activity on those titles.

"Digital Editions also gives us an economical and expedient option when offering complimentary copies to reviewers or to educators evaluating books for use in their classes."

BiblioVault provides digital conversion and delivery services to 64 publishers including more than 40 university presses. BiblioVault's delivery services have helped its partner presses place thousands of e-books with more than 20 retail and library e-vendors for the past three years.

"With this improved shopping cart, we're very glad at last to offer our partner presses a way to sell e-books directly, as well as through retail outlets," Kiely said.


About the University of Chicago Press:

The University of Chicago Press is the largest American university press, with three operating divisions—Books, Journals, and Distribution Services. The Books Division publishes approximately 250 books a year, has published over 11,000 books since its founding, and has over 5,300 books in print.

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About BiblioVault:

BiblioVault helps scholarly publishers preserve and extend the value of their books, providing long-term secure storage of digital book files for member presses, as well as a wide range of scanning, printing, transfer, conversion, and distribution services.


About the Chicago Distribution Center:

A division of Chicago Distribution Services, the Chicago Distribution Center (CDC) is a state-of-the-art distribution and fulfillment operation, providing a full range of services to its client publishers and its customers worldwide. The CDC houses the Chicago Digital Distribution Center, which provides short-run digital printing.

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