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ebrary Tunes Up Its Online Collection With Sheet Music From Byron Hoyt

    Mountainview (ots) - ebrary(TM) (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services, today announced that it has licensed its technology to Byron Hoyt (www.byronhoyt.com), the premier provider of resources for musical excellence, to make more than 7'000 classical sheet music and educational titles available online to libraries worldwide. Over the next few months, the Byron Hoyt collection will grow to include hundreds of thousands of pages of sheet music for bands, orchestras, instruments and vocalists, spanning a wide range of genres from classical to jazz, country, pop and rock & roll.

    "Sheet music is a subject area that has long been overlooked by the majority of database vendors despite the fact that a significant number of patrons and students study or are interested in music," said Michael Keller University Librarian, and Director of Academic Information Resources for Stanford University. "By offering a vast collection of quality music that can be downloaded anytime, from anywhere, Byron Hoyt and ebrary offer a significant advantage to libraries worldwide."

    Under terms of the agreement, ebrary will help distribute Byron Hoyt's collection as a standalone database to libraries. The Byron Hoyt collection may be seamlessly integrated with the ebrarian for libraries database, which features over 13'000 digitized books in key subject areas including business & economics, computers & technology and social sciences from over 130 leading academic, trade and professional publishers.

    "One of the most wonderful things about music is that it is truly a universal language-when listened to or when read-it transcends the barrier of language," said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary. " Making sheet music and educational materials accessible online is a great opportunity for libraries to provide valuable services to their patrons."

    Byron Hoyt is committed to the acquisition and sharing of musical knowledge," said Gregory Cheng, Proprietor of Byron Hoyt. Partnering with ebrary helps us to achieve this goal, and at the same time, helps us to quickly and efficiently tap new online markets."

    Byron Hoyt inaugurates its digital sheet music collection with this partnership and more than 100'000 pages of music from Theodore Presser's CD Sheet Music product.

    "CD Sheet Music's application for libraries is especially strong due to the extensive number of seminal works from the classical genre and the quality of those files," said Thomas Broido, President of Theodore Presser Company and President of the Music Publisher's Association. " In ebrary and Byron Hoyt we have found the ideal partners to deliver to institutions around the globe."

    Pricing and Availability

  ebrary is currently accepting orders for the Byron Hoyt sheet music collection. Libraries that sign up prior to December 31, 2002 may take advantage of the companies' introductory offer, which includes an annual subscription to the Byron Hoyt online database for $1'950 and one dozen free CDs.

    For more information about ebrarian for Libraries, ebrary's searchable database of more than 13'000 full-text books or to enroll in a free 30-day trial, visit www.ebrary.com.

    About Byron Hoyt

    Byron Hoyt is the premier provider of resources for musical excellence. Founded in 1960, the company continues to foster a musical community in the time-honored tradition of acquiring and sharing musical knowledge. Byron Hoyt serves musicians around the globe from its downtown San Francisco location by providing access to the broadest selection of sheet music (currently, over 350'000 traditional titles are available online at www.byronhoyt.com) as well as access to some of the most knowledgeable people in the sheet music industry.

    About ebrary

    ebrary is a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services. The company's customizable ebrarian solution combines powerful software with copyright-protected books, journals, periodicals and other online documents provided by more than 130 of the world's leading publishers. The ebrarian solution enables libraries, institutions and other organizations to give their users access to authoritative materials and customizable research tools that allow them to automatically access additional materials, biographical information, maps, translations, definitions and more when words or phrases are selected. ebrary's publishing partners benefit from new sales and marketing opportunities on the Internet. ebrary is privately held and is funded by Random House Ventures LLC, Pearson plc and The McGraw-Hill Companies. For more information, visit www.ebrary.com.

    ebrary and ebrarian are trademarks of ebrary, Inc.

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