Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Philadelphia Inquirer Selects Pressmart Media to Provide New Compelling Digital Edition to its Readers

Hyderabad based Pressmart Media - world’s premier Digital Publishing Technology provider announced today that The Philadelphia Inquirer has selected Pressmart Media to power its electronic edition. Pressmart will co-develop, host and electronically deliver the print-replica eEdition of The Philadelphia Inquirer on its New Media Delivery Platform™. Offering Web 2.0 features that include Blogs, Podcast, RSS, and Social Media integration, the electronic edition will be delivered on multiple distribution channels to individuals, enterprises and academic institutions. Distinctive from web-based versions of newspapers, the eEdition will be actual replica of the print edition and will be available at a regular subscription rate for current and potential Inquirer subscribers. The electronic edition is scheduled to go live on January 7th, 2008.

“The Inquirer selected the Pressmart eEdition system because of its ease of use and its unique functionality,” said Inquirer Publisher Brian Tierney. “This new media digital distribution channel includes eEditions, Mobile Editions, and Audio Editions for Podcasts. We can now offer our current print subscribers as well as new subscribers a convenient same-day, same-as-print eEdition delivered to their laptops or PC’s.”

“As a provider of a wide spectrum of digital publishing solutions, it is crucial for us to provide highly capable, reliable and scaleable solutions for our publishing customer needs,” Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, Pressmart Media, Said. “Pressmart’s selection as an digital publishing partner by Philadelphia Inquirer demonstrates our strong domain expertise, long-term success in service delivery and consistent innovation in technology. The Pressmart New Media Delivery Platform™ has gained industry reputation for its powerful features and functionality that enables Publishers to deliver feature rich digital version of their products for its consumers and add new profitable revenue streams.”

Pressmart’s “ePaper” solution is the industry's most advanced solution for publishing the electronic edition of daily newspapers, magazines or any other periodical or publication on the web. Pressmart also has one of the industry’s most sophisticated and advanced library digitization service supported by its large global delivery team and proprietary digitization technology.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is the third big customer win for Pressmart Media in US after Suburban Newspapers Association and NNA which it acquired recently.

About Pressmart Media Limited

Pressmart’s digital publishing technology is preferred by publications printed in 19 languages from 28 countries, including UK’s largest Trinity Mirror Group, World Association of Newspapers (representing over 65,000 publications worldwide), Suburban Newspapers of America and CNBC European Business Magazine. Pressmart’s industry leading eArchiving technology has been used to digitize historic archives of over 400 years of newspapers from microfilm and newsprint sources. Access to worldwide publications enabled by Pressmart is available at its site http://www.pressmart.net

About The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Media Holdings

Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, is the leading media company in the Philadelphia region. Privately held and locally owned, PMH is the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, philly.com, related online products and several community newspapers. With almost one million people reading The Inquirer each day, and 1.6 million on Sundays, The Inquirer is the region’s most-read daily newspaper. Together with the Daily News, the #1 tab newspaper in the region, which reaches 500,000 readers each week, and philly.com, the #1 website in the region, Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, reaches almost 2 million people each day.

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