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CQ Press’ Custom and Online Books Platform Gives Professors Free and Immediate Access To Content

 Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC (February 2, 2010)  - CQ Press, the most respected commercial publisher in political science, in collaboration with LibreDigital, has launched a groundbreaking new online publishing platform—the first to allow users to dynamically generate custom books, reflowing the text to create both print and e-book formats.

Available at custom.cqpress.com, CQ Press Custom and Online Books provides professors free, 24/7 access to titles from CQ Press College Publishing and the ability to create customized textbooks that are specifically designed for their particular course.

The platform gives professors the ability to customize content so they’re ordering exactly the book they want for their students. A single, free log-in gives professors immediate access (and an eco-friendly approach) to a virtual bookcase of exam copies. Instructors can perform full text searches across books to locate a fact and find references, identifying the perfect information to present to their students. The new platform also makes it possible for professors to:

  • mix and match text across the publications, including books that were previously out of print;
  • add their own material, such as their syllabus, a paper they’ve written, or a public domain document;
  • include only chapters that students are required to read;
  • highlight text and take notes for themselves or to share; and
  • choose either print or online (e-books are available in minutes and printed books take just two weeks).Students can access an e-book online from any computer or print out a copy.

“We are thrilled to give political scientists full access to our rich library of books and articles and to provide the tools so they can create books that are perfect for their individual courses,” said Brenda Carter, Executive Director of the CQ Press College Publishing Group. “We are proud to offer options that are both eco-friendly and that save students money.”

“Forget those heavy old knapsacks of yesteryear – instead of multiple books, now students can get a customized book for each class designed specifically by their professor,” said Russell P. Reeder, President and CEO of LibreDigital, Inc., “Together with CQ Press, our BookBuild technology helps educators around the world create the customized content they require for their students, while maintaining the rights and integrity of the published works.”

CQ Press, established in 1945, is the leading publisher of books, directories, periodicals, and electronic products on American government and international affairs, with expanding lists in history and journalism. CQ Press consistently ranks among the top commercial publishers in terms of quality, as evidenced by the numerous awards its products have won over the years. Based in Washington, DC, CQ Press is a division of SAGE (www.sagepublications.com), the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher.  www.cqpress.com

LibreDigital makes it profitable to manage and market digital content, providing a web-based warehouse and distribution platform for six of the top ten book publishers and over 175 newspapers and periodicals. The LibreDigital solution allows publishers to store and secure digital content in any form, and to deliver content on-demand to any marketplace, consumer, or device. LibreDigital serves the world’s top firms in over 120 countries including HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, and Simon & Schuster. Backed by Adams Capital Management, Triangle Peak Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, the New York Times Company, and HarperCollins Publishers, LibreDigital partners with a number of industry leaders, including Baker & Taylor, to provide a full range of solutions. LibreDigital is based in Austin, Texas, with offices in New York City and the United Kingdom. www.libredigital.com

Contact: Mary Kay Jezzini, Publicist, 212-352-1404, publicity@sagepub.com