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May 11, 2004

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Kim Zimmermann

Thought the readers of your blog might be interested in a new digital newspaper service for academic libraries. Public libraries have been using the service to reduce waste and expand their selection of newspapers.

Ohio University Libraries Sign First Deal for Same-Day Print-on-Demand Editions of the World's Newspapers; Pilot Begun at University of Missouri School of Journalism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NewspaperDirect (www.newspaperdirect.com), a leader in digital delivery and printing of same-day newspapers, has launched a digital newspaper service for academic libraries. Ohio University Libraries is the first academic library system to offer the print version of the service. The University of Missouri School of Journalism is testing the online version of the service.

This service enables libraries at colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning to provide students and faculty members with same-day editions of out-of-state and international newspapers.

The company’s technology provides the flexibility to print on industry-standard laser printers or view replicas online in a web browser.

The newspapers are printed locally from a selection of more than 200 titles, including the Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Le Monde, Handelsblatt, The Washington Post, El Pais, La Repubblica, The New York Times, Le Figaro, Dagens Nyheter, Sydney Morning Herald, Folha De S. Paulo, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Yomiuri Shimbun, Al Hayat, and Asharq Al-Awsat. The newspapers are exact reproductions of the original printed editions, delivered in a more portable 11"x17" (A3) format.

“Access to current newspapers from around the world is valuable as students and faculty members research a wide range of topics and global news events in preparation for their classes,” said Kent Mulliner, Assistant Dean for Collection Development at Ohio University. “While some of the information they need is available from web sites, the newspaper in its original format, with full content, photographs and layout, provides a much deeper view of the culture and how news is presented in that particular region. This service provides some of our international students with access to newspapers from their home country, enabling them to spot employment opportunities and to stay abreast of political and economic events.”

“In the academic world, where budgets are tight and timeliness is critical, this new service is a far better alternative to traditional newspaper delivery," said NewspaperDirect Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Richard K. Miller. "Our service enables public libraries to reduce waste and expand their selection of newspapers while keeping costs down, and this new service will enable academic libraries to reap those benefits as well.”

About Ohio University Libraries

The Ohio University Libraries are ranked among the top research libraries in North America and hold membership in the prestigious Association of Research Libraries. The libraries offer personalized service, an extensive electronic library and more than 2.4 million volumes. Ohio University, the first institution of higher learning in the old Northwest Territory, is celebrating its bicentennial during the 2003-04 academic year. For more information, visit the Ohio University Libraries online at: www.library.ohiou.edu.

About NewspaperDirect:

NewspaperDirect extends the reach of newspaper distribution. The combination of proprietary technology, local printing, and PressDisplay.com, deliver same-day editions of newspapers from around the world to readers everywhere. With over 200 newspaper titles and distribution outlets in more than 70 countries, NewspaperDirect delivers to corporate offices, hotels, cruise ships, retail outlets, home subscribers, and web browsers everywhere.

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