NewspaperDirect Inc.

NewspaperDirect Inc.

April 06, 2009 06:00 ET

NewspaperDirect Chosen by Guardian News and Media Limited for its New Guardian and Observer Digital Editions

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - NewspaperDirect Inc. and Guardian News and Media Limited (GNM) announced the re-launch of the digital editions of the publisher's flagship national publications: The Guardian and The Observer. The Guardian and Observer Digital Editions will now be powered by NewspaperDirect's SmartEdition ePaper technology.

The Guardian's commitment to focus on editorial excellence

Recognised around the world for serious, trusted and independent journalism, The Guardian is not only one of the UK's leading daily titles, it serves a very large international audience.

With NewspaperDirect, Guardian subscribers can access their favourite digital editions on PCs, Macs, smartphones, iPhones, BlackBerry and iPod Touch devices and the latest eReaders.

NewspaperDirect's recognised leadership in the ePaper market

NewspaperDirect's technology leadership has made the company the partner of choice for hundreds of the largest and most respected publications in the industry, including: The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Age, Le Figaro, The Irish Times and all Sun Media and Transcontinental titles.

Its expertise in Newspapers in Education has been instrumental in helping many publishers launch highly successful NIE programmes, such as: The Washington Post, New York Post, Sun Sentinel and all 11 Canwest publications, including National Post.

NewspaperDirect's distribution network and "no cost" business model

Guardian News and Media has been a publishing partner of NewspaperDirect since 2003 when it joined the NewspaperDirect global Print-on-Demand network. In 2005 its publications became some of the most popular titles on PressDisplay.com, the world's largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk.

NewspaperDirect's "no operational cost" business model, vast distribution network with 1,200+ print stations in over 100 countries, and well established channels into libraries, hotels, airlines, retail shops, corporate and government offices have made the company a successful business partner for The Guardian and valuable distributor of content for its readers.

Richard J. Thompson, product manager of GNM's digital edition, said, "The digital editions are a great way to provide a version of our content to users around the globe. We are delighted to work with NewspaperDirect to benefit from their expertise and recognised leadership in this field."

"It is an honour to have The Guardian choose NewspaperDirect as its digital edition partner," said Alex Kroogman, NewspaperDirect CEO. "We are excited to be able to offer full digital replicas of its printed editions to subscribers around the world in whatever way they want to read them - in print, online and now as privately-branded ePapers on their device of choice."

The Guardian and Observer Digital Editions will incorporate all of PressDisplay.com's advanced digital features, such as instant translation in up to 12 languages, on-demand audio, article sharing through email, blogs and social networks, cross-title search and monitoring and offline reading support.

About Guardian News and Media

Guardian News and Media is one of the UK's most successful and innovative media companies, publishing the Guardian and Observer, two of the world's oldest and most highly-regarded quality newspapers, and guardian.co.uk, one of the world's leading news websites. Its unique ownership structure through the Scott Trust ensures the independence of our editorial voice, and a sustained investment in intelligent, liberal journalism.

About NewspaperDirect Inc.

Founded in 1999, NewspaperDirect Inc. is the world leader in multi-channel newspaper and magazine content distribution and monetization, with over 1,000 publications from 84 countries in 40 languages. Its proprietary technology is the foundation behind its highly acclaimed global distribution services: PressDisplay.com, ND Press and Print-On-Demand, and its privately branded ePaper solution - SmartEdition.

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