SOURCE: NewspaperDirect Inc.

April 26, 2007 00:59 ET

NewspaperDirect Breaks 500-Title Mark With Addition of Singapore's Prestigious "Straits Times"

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 -- NewspaperDirect Inc. announced that The Straits Times, one of the most respected and influential newspapers in the Asia region, has been added to NewspaperDirect's growing number of world newspapers in its global distribution network. The Straits Times will be made available around the world in luxury hotels, libraries, retail shops, on cruise ships, yachts and airlines and through home-delivery services supported by NewspaperDirect's 100 licensed partners with 1,200 print stations in over 90 countries.

The Straits Times will also be available online every day on NewspaperDirect's site, the world's largest online newspaper kiosk, as well as through its popular Library and Corporate PressDisplay channels.

This brings to 500 the total number of publications available through NewspaperDirect's distribution network, which processes titles ranging from local newspapers to national publications, originating from 73 countries in 38 languages. This year, the company has released 77 new titles and anticipates hitting the 600 mark before the end of the year.

"NewspaperDirect has the technology and global network to enable us to reach our readers -- wherever and whenever they want access to their newspaper," said Han Fook Kwang, editor of The Straits Times. "With NewspaperDirect, our overseas readers can enjoy either a rich online experience or a print product if that's what they prefer."

Alexander Kroogman, CEO, NewspaperDirect, said: "The rapidly growing number of titles joining NewspaperDirect is an acknowledgement of the service benefits provided by our technology and our advanced online, mobile and print offerings."

Mr. Kroogman noted that the service required no incremental effort on the part of The Straits Times. "They just send NewspaperDirect the PDFs that they are already sending to their print site, and we handle everything else."

He added: "Once publishers see what we can provide, they quickly realize that by partnering with NewspaperDirect, they can enhance their content delivery capabilities while adding value for readers and advertisers."

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Founded in 1999 and based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, NewspaperDirect Inc. is the world leader in digital delivery and local printing of same-day newspapers from around the world. NewspaperDirect offers hundreds of newspaper and magazine titles through a global network of more than 1,200 print locations in more than 90 countries, delivering them to hotels, libraries, cruise ships, corporate offices, retail outlets, home subscribers and Web browsers everywhere. As a Microsoft Premium Partner, NewspaperDirect develops content applications for Tablet PCs and Ultra-Mobile PCs. On the web at:

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