Elsevier global partnership to grow libraries in developing countries

Initiative with Book Aid International and Sabre Foundation supports universal access

Amsterdam, 2 February 2005 - Elsevier is pleased to announce that it has formed partnerships with the European-based group Book Aid International and the US-based Sabre Foundation to facilitate the distribution of books throughout developing countries.

Elsevier places a high value on the dissemination of knowledge and resources, and supports efforts that help people all over the world access scientific, medical and technical books and journals. In some areas of the developing world, a lack of literacy skills, as well as extremely limited financial resources, can prevent libraries and other institutions from being able to purchase the books that they want and need.

Both Book Aid International and the Sabre Foundation have many years of experience distributing books and have formed strong local alliances in many developing countries, with a particular breadth of experience across sub-Saharan Africa. Their distribution channels ensure that book donations will be distributed without disrupting sales of local booksellers, thereby leaving local economies unhindered in the recipient countries.

Nicola Cadbury, Head of Public Relations, Book Aid said of the partnership, '' We are very excited about the partnership with Elsevier. Reed Elsevier companies, such as Elsevier and Harcourt Education, have been very generous to Book Aid in the past and we look forward to our continued collaboration in bringing much needed publications to the developing world.''

''Sabre receives a growing number of requests from overseas each year for scientific, technical and medical books. The new partnership with Elsevier will be enormously helpful in allowing us to meet those requests more fully with up-to-date, high quality titles, '' said Colin McCullough, Book Program Manager, of Sabre.

Some activities, designed to help libraries grow, are already under way and include: ‘Bring a Book to Work Week,’ where Elsevier employees make individual book donations, in subject areas such as adult fiction and reference books; a recent grant by Reed Elsevier to purchase books for refugee children in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia; and a new company policy where all unsaleable returns of paperback books to Elsevier’s UK warehouse will be distributed in recipient countries.

“We are proud of the books we publish, and of our authors. We know that in some parts of the world medical texts are extremely hard to come by but desperately needed; for instance in refugee camps there is huge need but no ability to pay. That is why working with partners like Book Aid International and Sabre is so important because they can get our books to where they are needed without wasting a single copy, and what’s more they can train the librarians to make the most of them when they are there,” said Mary Ging, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Health Sciences, Elsevier.

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About Book Aid International
Book Aid International works in 18 of the world's poorest countries, providing over half a million books and journals each year to libraries, hospitals, refugee camps and schools. The agency also undertakes special projects to support reading promotion, training for librarians and the development of the local book trade in Africa.

Based in London, Book Aid International and its partners believe that access to books and information is fundamental to life-long education, overall development and the eradication of poverty.

About the Sabre Foundation
Sabre Foundation, founded in 1969 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, distributes new books and other educational materials to support education, private sector growth, research and higher learning in Africa, South East Asia, the Balkans, the Caribbean and selected countries in other regions of the world. Well over half a million books are shipped to overseas non-profit partner organizations each year.

Sabre also supports indigenous publishing in Africa through local book purchase and redonation; participates in book fairs, particularly in the Arab world; and provides Internet and related information technology training targeted to these regions through workshops in the US and overseas.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).