CARINGBRIDGE® ENHANCES SERVICE BY ADDING CARINGBOOK
New Feature Allows Users to Create a Book Documenting Their Journey on CaringBridge
EAGAN, MINN. – July 24, 2008 – CaringBridge, a nonprofit Web service that connects families and friends when someone is facing a serious medical condition, treatment or recovery, now provides users with the ability to preserve their personal Web site content in a professionally-printed book format. Journal entries, guestbook messages, tributes, photos and a dedication can be captured in a full-color book for authors who wish to keep a remembrance of their journey after their CaringBridge Web site is no longer a necessity for day-to-day communication.
CaringBridge is able to offer this new feature through a partnership with SharedBook, a custom publishing platform provider. Using SharedBook's browser-based publishing platform, content automatically flows from any CaringBridge Web site into a professional book that can be previewed, personalized and ordered online.
"This added feature of our service is a direct response to user requests," said CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring. "Often, users have such powerful CaringBridge experiences that they desire a continued connection to that experience and the words of affirmation and support they received."
CaringBridge is the largest charitable nonprofit Web site in the world, according to Nielsen//NetRatings' traffic rankings. Nearly 150,000 Web sites have been created, generating more than half a billion visits and 20 million messages of hope and encouragement. The free service is funded mainly by individual donations.
"CaringBridge is a tremendous resource for patients and their families," said Caroline Vanderlip, chief executive officer, SharedBook Inc. "We are delighted that SharedBook's platform can provide an easy way for CaringBridge members to chronicle their journeys in book format."
Once a CaringBook is complete, CaringBridge members can share the book with their friends and family electronically. Those invited to view the book can also purchase a copy in its entirety. For more information, please go to www.CaringBridge.org.
CaringBridge® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering free personalized Web sites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends when facing a serious medical condition, treatment or recovery. CaringBridge's mission is to bring together a global community of care, powered by the love of family and friends, in an easy, accessible and private way. CaringBridge is the conduit of information, hope, support and encouragement during a serious health condition. The goal is to ease the burden of keeping friends and family updated while also providing a way for them to send their love and encouragement. CaringBridge connects more than 20 million families each year, and there have been over half a billion individual visits to personal CaringBridge Web sites. For more information please visit www.CaringBridge.org.
SharedBook Inc. is a technology company that specializes in integrating and publishing data from various sources into a structured book product that can sit as a flipbook on the Internet or be professionally printed. The company's collaborative on-demand Reverse Publishing Platform allows users to extract data and content from multiple sources, manipulate it, and then distribute their unique creation in digital or hard copy format. SharedBook partners include Allrecipes.com, BigOven.com, CarePages, Inc. (a division of Revolution Health Group), Exposures, FuneralNet, JumpTV, Legacy.com, Little League International®, The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., ProfessionalTravelGuide.com, Random House, Inc., Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Sportography, Inc., Sand YAVarsity.com. For more information, please go to www.sharedbook.com or http://sharedbook.typepad.com.