From the press release:
Partnership to Provide Customized Branded Solutions for Australian Booksellers and eBook Aggregation and Distribution Services for Australian Publishers and Distributors
New York, NY, March 12, 2012—Today Copia Interactive, LLC—creator of one of the largest, independent, full-featured digital content platforms—announced its partnership with the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Thorpe-Bowker to equip Australia’s booksellers and their customers with a competitive suite of top-flight eBook and eReader services under the APA’s “TitlePage” brand. As a result, independent bookstores in Australia no longer have to struggle to compete with the resources and technologies of large, global competitors in the eBook marketplace.
The Copia platform is fast becoming the media platform of choice for leading companies and organizations around the world. In addition to the TheCopia.com, Copia powers the eBook platform for Submarino, the number one ecommerce company in Brazil, as well as the eBook platform for over 900 independent college bookstores in the USA. Numerous other projects in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia are scheduled for release later this year as well.
Utilizing Copia’s technology, the APA will provide differentiating white label solutions for each independent bookseller, providing each store or chain of stores the ability to effortlessly create their own completely localized content, commerce and community based experience. Copia’s Australian experience will include features such as a digital bookstore with a vast content catalog, note taking and sharing, group chat, online book clubs, library comparison, activity feeds, user recommendations, a proprietary community value system, and more. Copia users enjoy a singular, wholly shareable on-line experience—all their media, all their friends, all in one application.
In addition to the portal based experience, Copia will be providing the APA with localized applications for multiple devices including desktop readers, iPad, Win7-Touch, Android tablets, and the Blackberry Playbook, allowing users to decide which device best suits their needs.
APA members will also use Copia’s eBook aggregation and distribution services, which will also be integrated into a “New Release” of TitlePage, TitlePage Plus, that will provide a consolidated supply chain solution to the Australian Book Industry. Whilst TitlePage will soon extend its service the New Zealand Booksellers, TitlePage Plus will eventually service that nation thus providing a significant supply chain solution across the ANZ region.
“Our market is in the unique position where our bookstores comprise a large portion of the marketplace. We are glad to partner with Copia as our official eBook partner to bring such a powerful platform to our booksellers,” said Maree McCaskill, CEO of Australian Publishers Association Ltd.
“We are excited to partner with the APA and Bowker to bring Copia’s capabilities to this exciting and vibrant market,” said Andrew Lowinger, CEO of Copia Interactive, LLC. “As we have demonstrated in other geographies, the best defense for tier-one brands to protect their market is through strong partnerships. Copia is thrilled to have been chosen by the APA for this important mission.”
Copia (www.thecopia.com) unites content, community, collaboration, and commerce in a single software platform to deliver multi-genre digital media across an array of computing, mobile, personal entertainment, and eReading devices. With Copia, users engage more deeply with content and community through an innovative, rich, and unified UI experience — all their media, all their friends, all in one application. Copia also provides highly customized, co-branded, white-label solutions through its “Powered by Copia” program.
The Copia platform is developed by Copia Interactive, LLC — a portfolio company of DMC Capital Funding, LLC (www.dmccapitalfunding.com), the venture capital arm of the DMC group of companies. The DMC group comprises top enterprise and consumer technology companies with a heritage that spans more than 50 years’ investing in, developing, manufacturing, and distributing market-leading consumer-electronics products.
About the APA and TitlePage
The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is the peak industry body for Australian book, journal and electronic publishers. Established in 1948, the association is an advocate for all Australian publishers: large or small; commercial or non-profit; academic or popular; locally or overseas owned.
Over the years the APA has grown into an organisation of considerable influence. From modest beginnings and a membership of twenty, the Association now has over 216 publisher members and represents 91% of the industry by turnover.
TitlePage.com is the Australian book industry’s online price and availability service, which allows publishers and distributors to offer current price, availability and stock information and bibliography free to booksellers and suppliers.
TitlePage was launched in September 2004 and currently has over 2800 booksellers and suppliers and 1600 libraries using the service on a daily basis and >150 publisher and distributor members currently listing over over 1,100,000 front list titles.
Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. The company is focused on developing various tools and products that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, as well as providing services to publishers that help them better understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker is a member of the ProQuest family of companies and is headquartered in New Providence, N.J., with additional operations in England and Australia.
Sol Rosenberg, Vice President Business Development & Content Acquisition
Mathew Barlow, Vice President Business Development, Australasia