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Published on4 June 2024

De Marque, a global leader in ebook distribution services, has announced a partnership with the Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries (DGLAB) of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture to create a national digital public library for the country.

“This partnership is the tangible result of the efforts made by De Marque and the Portuguese government to promote reading and accessible digital reading in particular. With this agreement, we continue to confirm our mission to connect people and creators across the world. It’s very important for us to be part of an approach that promotes culture, and this is reflected in De Marque’s commitment at every stage of the process.” 

– Marc Boutet
President of De Marque

A comprehensive project supported at every stage 

De Marque, whose expertise and technology solutions have enabled it to achieve remarkable international growth, will be in charge of the entire project, from the design of the lending platform right through to its launch.

De Marque is currently working with other governments and public institutions in Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, the United States and Switzerland, among others, on the development of digital library services.

The group’s sound expertise will enable it to assist the Ministry in all areas of the new service, from training librarians throughout the country, to providing support in promoting the service to users.

De Marque will be working alongside the Ministry throughout this collaboration to help it achieve its objectives in terms of digital reading and accessibility.

Linguistic diversity and accessibility 

De Marque’s offer also includes access to a large Portuguese-language catalog of both ebooks and audiobooks. De Marque is a leader in multilingual content distribution, offering access to publications in several languages, including French, Spanish and the other co-official languages of Spain, English and Italian, among others. 

By placing universal accessibility to reading at the heart of its priorities, De Marque actively contributes to innovation within the industry. This commitment affirms our leadership in the field, and consolidates the many advances De Marque has made in digital publishing.

“It’s an honor for De Marque to be able to work with DGLAB and all the professionals in its library network. We are committed to providing solutions to increase digital reading in Portugal. In this way, we are bringing Portugal’s first major digital public library project to its citizens.”

-Arantza Larrauri
General Manager of Libranda, a De Marque Group company

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