2 New Newspaper Projects for Libraries

By: E&P Staff

NewspaperDirect, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based company that offers print-on-demand newspapers for travelers, is now targeting the library and education markets, through a partnership with ProQuest Information and Learning of Ann Arbor, Mich.

NewspaperDirect offers 240 same-day newspaper titles through its print-on-demand network and its new electronic format.

Libraries will now be able to select the newspapers and number of copies they want and print them on 11X17 inch paper in black and white. The company said its print-on-demand versions typically costs 30%-50% less than the publishers’ annual print subscription rates — saving money for libraries facing budget cuts.

Another Canadian company, Cold North Wind of Ottawa, Ontario, has also rolled out a public library program, this one for newspaper archives. The company says its Digitization Co-op will allow libraries to digitize large historical document sets without any upfront investment. The Markham Libraries north of Toronto have been a beta site for the project, working with the York Region Newspaper Group, a division of Torstar.

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