iVerse Media Launches Library Initiative With ComicsPlus Library Edition

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iVERSE MEDIA LAUNCHES LIBRARY INITIATIVE

“ComicsPlus Library Edition” Benefits Publishers and Industry

(April 23, 2012-Waco, TX) – iVerse Media, creators of some of the world’s most

popular and widely used technologies for reading digital comics and graphic novels,

announced today their new “ComicsPlus Library Edition” initiative. This is a pay-per-

checkout program at libraries that allows patrons access to thousands of comic and

graphic novel titles on demand. The program is unique among digital delivery systems

offered to libraries in that it was actually designed in cooperation with librarians.

“The program is offered at no risk to libraries,” said Josh Elder, President and Founder

of Reading with Pictures, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and an industry specialist who is also

leading iVerse’s efforts on the project. “And we do all the work and the libraries have

complete control over the budget, so there’s no downside to their involvement.”

“We’ve worked very closely with the library community to ensure that this program more

than meets expectations,” said iVerse CEO Michael Murphey. “Librarians have long

recognized the importance of comics, graphic novels and manga in driving traffic into

libraries and serving more patrons on a regular basis.”

 

While all publishers will find the program beneficial, mid-size and educational publishers

may reap the greatest rewards with the opportunity to showcase a large catalog of

content. That being said, Elder notes that some of the biggest publishers and most

recognizable brands and properties will also be part of the ComicsPlus Library Edition.

The program is simple and invites library patrons to choose from a vast catalog of

content. This content is accessed through a library’s web portal in much the same way

other digital content offered by that library is accessed. Patrons are able to search,

check out and engage with content on most major devices, including PC, Mac, iPad,

Nook and Kindle Fire. Libraries are charged a small amount whenever a book or

graphic novel is checked out; this revenue is split among participating publishers.

Patrons will find not only new releases, but also have the opportunity to read back list

titles, which they might never have discovered otherwise.

The program is customizable to provide local control of content and patron accessibility.

“I’ve been working the non-profit world as an advocate for comics in schools and

libraries and this is a natural extension of that,” said Elder. “We’re treating publishers

fairly and offering the librarians the service they’ve been waiting for at a price they feel

The ComicsPlus Library Edition is one of a number of digital delivery advancements and

industry supportive initiatives announced by iVerse coming out of the recent Chicago

Comics and Entertainment Expo.

About iVerse Media. LLC

iVerse Media (http://www.iversemedia.com) is a digital content distributor focused on

the world of comics and popular culture. Founded in 2008, the company was one of

the first to launch digital comics on Apple’s iOS platform. Over 8 Million products in the

iOS App Store have been downloaded that are powered by iVerse, making the “iVerse

Engine” one of the most popular and widely used platforms for reading digital comics in

the world. The company is principally located in Waco, TX. For more information, visit

www.iversemedia.com .

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