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PROJECT MUSE AND ACADEMICPUB ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Baltimore, MD and New York, NY, May 15, 2012 - Project MUSE, a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community, and AcademicPub, a top provider of custom books - print and digital - for higher education, today announced a partnership that will provide greater choice and ease of use for college and university instructors who wish to provide high-quality, well-priced content to their students.

The joint announcement was made by Terry Ehling, Associate Director, Project MUSE; and Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent SharedBook Inc.

"This unique partnership will spur more use of Project MUSE, which will benefit instructors and ultimately the students they teach, said Ehling. "AcademicPub has quickly established itself as a major player in the creation and distribution of custom course materials, and we look forward to working with Caroline Vanderlip, Michael Cairns and their professional team to make our journal and book collections available at greater scale."

"At a time of great disruption in the college textbook market, it's gratifying to be able to partner with Project MUSE, whose leadership saw the future nearly 20 years ago, and has been working to shape that future in concert with the world's top academic presses," said Vanderlip. "And now is a perfect time to partner, as we will have all of our joint operating processes well in place for the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year."

AcademicPub, launched in April 2011, enables instructors to create copyright-cleared, custom course materials from a variety of content sources, including their own files, the Web at large and the AcademicPub Content Library, which consists of nearly 3 million units of scholarly content from more than 130 publishers, representing 75 separate disciplines.

"The output of a book created through AcademicPub is either a physical, perfect-bound, soft-cover book or an e-book that is fully DRM'ed," said Vanderlip. "No matter the format, the book can be purchased either directly from AcademicPub, or through the institution's bookstore."

Project MUSE, launched in 1995, is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals and books from university presses around the globe.

"The practical aspect of this agreement is that instructors utilizing peer-reviewed material from Project MUSE will now be able to marry that content with highly vetted complementary products," said Ehling. "This means that the material selected for inclusion in a course will be of the highest possible quality."

About Project MUSE
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science periodical and book content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the sole source of complete, full-text versions of journal titles from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies. Project MUSE is now home to 14,000 monographs and over 500 scholarly and literary journals from more than 200 publishers.

About AcademicPub
AcademicPub, Sharedbook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

Contact for Project MUSE:
Terry Ehling
(410) 516-6966
tae@press.jhu.edu

Contact for AcademicPub:
James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
jim@boylepublicaffairs.com
(571) 213-3979