14th May 2010
Three Major Italian Book Publishing Groups Choose De Marque
Quebec City, May 14, 2010 – De Marque
is proud to announce that the Italian electronic book market will be built on
its technological platform, which was developed in Quebec City. Indeed, three
of Italy’s most important publishing groups –
Feltrinelli, Messaggerie Italiane/GEMS and RCS/Rizzoli – have
chosen De Marque’s expertise to develop their electronic books offering.
The Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper reported in its May 12th edition (http://tinyurl.com/corriere-edigita) that the three Italian groups have decided to join forces to develop an electronic book market in Italy. This announcement was made during the Turin 2010 International Book Fair.
“This is a very important step in our business development strategy because it shows that we are able to deliver innovative solutions to the international book industry, outside of French-speaking countries,” said De Marque’s president, Marc Boutet.
“We are very proud of this recognition because we were chosen via a very strict selection process conducted by the CEFRIEL, an organization associated with the Politecnico di Milano – Milan’s major engineering university. This confirms the quality of the commercial and technical analysis that led to the choice of our team’s technological platform,” said Christian Roy, vice-president of technology and development.
This news comes on top of last year’s decision by French publishing groups Gallimard, La Martinière and Flammarion to select De Marque’s technology to build a common platform called Eden Livres (www.edenlivres.fr).
De Marque, in partnership with the ANEL, or Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (an association of publishers in Quebec and French Canada), also develops and operates the only electronic book distribution platform in Quebec. Many of Quebec’s and France’s major book sellers’ websites are already connected to this platform (www.entrepotnumerique.com).
“It’s very exciting to note, once again, that the business model we are developing in Quebec continues to inspire other companies and associations outside of Canada. I am particularly happy that our Quebec and French-Canadian clients will continue to benefit from the significant technological innovations we can develop thanks to these important international deals,” concludes Marc Boutet.
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For more information, please contact:Martine Rioux