The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and On Demand Books, the company behind the Espresso Book Machine (EBM), have signed an agreement that will make thousands of French-language titles available on the worldwide EBM network. These titles, which are public domain and available online through the BnF’s Gallica digital library, include masterworks from writers such as Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Hugo, Moliere, Montaigne, Pascal, Proust, Rabelais, Stendhal, Voltaire, Zola, and thousands of others.
“This is the latest big hit for the EBM network,” says Dane Neller, the CEO of On Demand Books. “The BnF’s Gallica digital library is a superb resource and fits well with our point-of-sale technology. Through the EBM network, the BnF is better able to spread access to French culture and reach readers around the world. And as our installations multiply in Europe, Canada, and worldwide—and in universities with French-language departments—we see a growing need to offer the great works of French literature. There is no better start than the national library of France.”
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The number of Espresso Book Machine titles will increase from 2 million to more than 7 million books.
On Demand Books will register the EBM network of over 7 million (and growing) paperback titles with Google Merchant Center. As a result, all EBM titles will become available for discovery and purchase via the Google Books website and the Google “Shopping” feature.
“We are pleased to announce this latest milestone for our network,” said Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books. “Our existing relationship with Google enables over 2 million public-domain titles to be purchased on Google Books. By registering our entire catalogue of over 7 million titles with Google Merchant Center, all of our content, including in-copyright and publisher titles, will soon be available for discovery and purchase on Google Books and through other Google e-commerce services.”