October 11, 2010
For Immediate Release
The University of Chicago Press / Chicago Distribution Center
Contact: Kevin Stacey / 773-834-0386 / kstacey@press.uchicago.edu

The University of Chicago Press Announces Opportunity for Academic Presses to Make More Electronic Books Available to Kindle Customers

CHICAGO (Oct 11, 2010)—The University of Chicago Press today announced an agreement with Amazon Digital Services Inc. that will enable more than eighty academic and scholarly presses that are clients of the Chicago Distribution Center to publish electronic books for sale in the Kindle Store.

“We’re very pleased to work with Amazon to bring our partner presses into this umbrella agreement,” said Garrett Kiely, director of the University of Chicago Press. “Kindle editions are by far Chicago’s largest source of e-book revenue, with sales growing each year. We think our partners will see similar success through this agreement.”

“The CDC already offers its clients storage and distribution of e-books through BiblioVault, the digital content repository operated by the CDC. But the addition of a streamlined and cost-effective solution for reaching Kindle customers will encourage more publishers to dive into the e-book market,” said Karen Barch, CDC’s chief operations officer.

“Our vision for Kindle has always been to offer every book ever written, in any language, in print or out of print, all available in less than 60 seconds,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content. “Having books available from academic presses through the University of Chicago Press is another step toward that vision, and we’re pleased to work with them to make these books available to Kindle customers.”

“The Chicago Distribution Center clearly understands the need of smaller university presses to be present in a digital marketplace,” said Dan Berkowitz, interim director of the University of Iowa Press. “This service to make more scholarly books available in the Amazon Kindle Store is a great win for smaller presses like the University of Iowa Press.”

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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.

The University of Chicago Press: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/

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.

Chicago Distribution Center: http://www.chicagodistributioncenter.org

BiblioVault: http://www.bibliovault.org

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.


 

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