RR Donnelley Acquires LibreDigital to Extend Its e-Reader Services
CHICAGO—Aug. 17, 2011—R. R. Donnelley & Sons announced it has acquired Austin, TX-based LibreDigital, a leading provider of digital content distribution, e-reading software, content conversion, data analytics and business intelligence services to book, magazine and newspaper publishers, as well as to e-reader device providers.
“Through acquisitions and new product development we continue to extend RR Donnelley’s reach across the breadth of the supply chain,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, the company’s president and CEO. “Adding LibreDigital’s proven, innovative capabilities to our digital content creation and delivery platform will enable us to offer our publishing, retail, e-reader provider and other customers an even broader selection of services.”
LibreDigital is a pioneer of digital replicas for books and periodicals and today supports the e-reading supply chain with electronic preparation, distribution and engagement services. It is a leading provider of e-content to more than 40 e-commerce sites, including those of leading tablet providers.
LibreDigital’s platform also enables publishers to market and sell digital content direct to the end consumer. Customers include leading publishers as well as manufacturers and marketers of standalone, tablet and mobile e-reading devices.
“With this acquisition we uniquely position RR Donnelley to support publishers and other customers with capabilities that include physical and digital production and distribution,” stated John Paloian, RR Donnelley’s chief operating officer. “For example, we can produce books in quantities from one to millions, prepare the same content for distribution to e-readers and provide valuable business intelligence to our customers throughout the entire process.”
“We look forward to providing the same level of high service to our customers and partners as part of the RR Donnelley team,” said Russell P. Reeder, president and CEO of LibreDigital. “We also see strong potential for new synergies that create added value for publishers, e-reading marketplaces, and digital readers.”
“With services constituting more than 10 percent of our revenue, robust digital content creation and distribution resources, and capabilities that span the breadth of the supply chain, RR Donnelley has completely transcended the role of an ink-on-paper provider,” added Quinlan. “This acquisition enhances our capabilities as a provider of integrated communications solutions.”
About RR Donnelley
RR Donnelley (Nasdaq:RRD) is a global provider of integrated communications. Founded more than 146 years ago, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector.
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