GEN Grupo Editorial Nacional Selects Ingram's VitalSource for E-Content Distribution and Support

28-Jan-2014

Nashville, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that GEN Grupo Editorial Nacional (Grupo GEN), a market-leading scientific, technical and professional publisher group in Brazil has selected its VitalSource® solution for e-textbook and digital content production, management and distribution.

"By combining our experience and knowledge of content creation with VitalSource's expertise in the delivery and production of educational materials, we can easily create digital editions of books that are in demand from the students, educators and institutions we serve," said Mauro Lorch, President, GEN Grupo Editorial Nacional. "Through our collaboration with VitalSource, we have new relevant resources to meet the digital needs of our customers and the academic community today and into the future.”

Grupo GEN has plans to make more than 3,500 titles available digitally to consumers, and thousands of titles have already been converted to e-textbook format by VitalSource. Customers of Grupo GEN who previously used the company's GEN reader will be transitioned to VitalSource Bookshelf®, the preferred and most used e-textbook platform in use today.

Through the integration of VitalSource Bookshelf, Grupo GEN customers can easily access content via download, and material can be used on a variety of operating systems and devices including Android, iPad™, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®. Users can make notes, highlights and annotations in their e-textbooks, which easily sync across devices. In addition, students can share and subscribe to notes and highlights from their peers.

“Using VitalSource, Grupo GEN has powerful tools to create more digital textbooks and offer them direct from their own e-commerce sites," said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, VitalSource Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to support Grupo GEN and help them enhance the education experience in the region."

Grupo GEN titles will continue to be available from Minha Biblioteca, a digital content consortium created by four of Brazil's largest scientific, technical and medical publishers. VitalSource also provides e-textbook distribution and support to this consortium.

The VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with more than 4 million users across 6,000 campuses around the world. It uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience through e-textbooks and digital education. Content from more than 500 of the world’s top academic publishers is available to VitalSource Bookshelf platform users, including those living with disabilities, on a variety of operating systems and devices. For more information about VitalSource Technologies, visit www.vitalsource.com.

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About GEN Grupo Editorial Nacional
Founded in 2007, the company is a market leader in STP (scientific, technical and professional) publishing and content in Brazil. With an editorial platform of some of the most well known publishers in Brazil, GEN has a catalog of more than 3,500 active books, with 1000+ available in digital versions and/or apps in Health, Legal and Bar Examination, Social Science and Humanities. GEN also has business units that specialize in providing services to the pharmaceutical industry, in classroom training and distance learning. With branches in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, GEN has a team of advisers to promote the adoption of its materials by teachers from the main teaching institutions and professional courses, in addition to a specialized portal to teachers, which has over 50,000 people subscribed. GEN brings value to authors, shareholders and employees, serving with ethics and quality several audiences, such as teachers, students, professionals, book sellers, teaching institutions, libraries and companies. For more information visit www.grupogen.com.br

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) is comprised of several subsidiaries to Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram includes a comprehensive suite of publishing industry services companies that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Group LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Periodicals LLC, Ingram International, Ingram Library Services LLC, Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures LLC.