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					             Libwise:
The Fictionwise eBook Library Solution

             White Paper



               Version 5.1
              January 2003
                                                          TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Introduction ................................................................................................................................................ 2
  Libwise Model of eBook Support for Libraries .......................................................................................... 2
  Libwise Features and Functions for Library Staff ...................................................................................... 3
     Library Administrative Console ............................................................................................................. 3
     Patron Experience ................................................................................................................................... 4
  Summary .................................................................................................................................................... 4
APPENDIX: LIBWISE PRICING ................................................................................................................. 5



Introduction
Fictionwise is one of the top eBook retailers in the world, with a sales volume currently at 16,000
units sold per month and growing at triple digit annual rates. The Fictionwise web site offers
eBooks in up to eight different formats for all types of handheld devices and computers, and
currently has about 70,000 registered members. Fictionwise was founded in June 2000 and is
privately held.

Fictionwise has leveraged this extensive knowledge of satisfying the eBook reading public by
designing a new product for the library market--Libwise. This white paper presents an overview
of Libwise, including a discussion of the features the product offers, and details on how the
Fictionwise eBook Library model operates from the point of view of the Library Administrator,
the Patron, and the Publisher providing eBooks in the product offering.

Libwise Model of eBook Support for Libraries
The Libwise model offers libraries a very economical way to build their eBook offerings while at
the same time compensating publishers fairly for use of their material. Libwise eBooks can be
viewed on all major handheld devices and PCs with the Secure Mobipocket Reader, and support
for the Secure Palm Reader will become available in 2Q03. Both of these formats support all
major PDAs as well as PC reading, provide strong encryption, and support a time-out model
specifically for library usage.

The key features of the Libwise lending model are:

     Financial Model: The library pays monthly service fees based not on number of patrons or
      size of the collection, but on expected number of check-outs per month. eBooks are acquired
      by the library at normal retail price. The service fee provides the library with a customized,
      branded web site hosted by Fictionwise, all patron support is handled by Fictionwise, and the
      library receives one or more administrative logins to manage their holdings, generate
      statistical reports, and perform other operations. Basing this price on anticipated patron usage
      as opposed to the total number of patrons is much fairer to the library, and allows large
      libraries to try the service out for a minimal fee. See Appendix A for current pricing of
      monthly service fees.

     Handheld Device Support: The Fictionwise model supports all major handheld devices as
      well as PC reading for every title (with Macintosh support available in 2Q03) using Secure
      Mobipocket eBook format and Secure Palm Reader eBook format, which both provide a
      time-out model.

      An in-library beaming feature using commonly available IR is also supported. This allows a



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    library to loan eBooks to patrons by beaming the encrypted eBook from a PC with an IR port
    located within the library. The eBook is encrypted so it is only readable on that patron's
    device. Using an IR port avoids the need for multiple "cradles" for the many types of
    handheld devices. Patrons may also download eBooks from the hosted Libwise site directly
    to their handhelds from their homes, offices, or schools using either cradles or IR ports.

   User Borrowing Model: The Fictionwise model supports different forms of "Lending
    Terms" that may be offered by the publisher. Some Lending Terms enforce a one-patron-at-a-
    time model via a time-out mechanism. Other lending terms may allow simultaneous patron
    usage but might restrict the eBook to a certain number of total check-outs. The terms are
    offered in the administrative screen used to acquire material. It is up to each Library to decide
    what Lending Terms they are willing to accept. It is also possible for a publisher to offer the
    same title(s) under different lending terms to see which ones are more amenable to selling the
    title.

    eBooks are encrypted with a time-out period set by the library administrator; each eBook can
    have a different time-out period, or the same time-out period can be applied to all the eBooks
    in a library. When the time-out period expires, the eBook becomes unreadable on the patron’s
    handheld device. There is no need to "return" the eBook, it becomes available for the next
    patron as soon as it expires. If an eBook is not available, a patron may choose to waitlist for
    it. When it becomes available, the eBook automatically moves into the patron's "bookshelf"
    for download, and an email informs the patron of availability.

   Donations System: The Libwise model helps the library self-fund the eBook part of their
    offerings through automation of patron donations. The library administrator can turn this
    feature on or off; if enabled, the feature will display a "Buy to Donate" button whenever a
    patron tries to borrow an eBook that is not available (the patron may also choose to be placed
    on a waitlist). If the patron buys the eBook, then that patron gets a longer than usual initial
    check-out period (perhaps four weeks instead of two weeks) and after expiration of the
    eBook, that copy is automatically donated to the library's collection. The Libwise system
    tracks such donations and patrons may run a report to find their total donation amount. If the
    library is a qualified not-for-profit institution, then such donations may be tax deductible to
    the patron. The patron may also donate cash to the library, which the system tracks.


Libwise Features and Functions for Library Staff

Library Administrative Console
The library may designate one or more administrators to perform the following operations using
special logins and screens from any ordinary browser connected to the Internet:

   Generate reports on content usage, average waiting times, most popular titles, credits
    available from purchase fees, number of eBooks and cash donated over time periods, most
    popular eBooks, suggestions for further acquisitions, etc.

   Control various parameters, such as check-out time limits, whether donation is allowed,
    whether offers to purchase are allowed for checked-out eBooks, etc. Check-out time limits
    may be different for each eBook or controlled by a global default.




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   Purchase new content. The system supports easy searches for material by classification,
    author, length, and other parameters, with easy ability to purchase either single or multiple
    copies of each title.

Patron Experience
Patrons use a full-featured interface accessible via any standard web browser:

   Graphics are customized for each library. The library administrator also controls many other
    aspects of the look and wording used on the site.

   Patrons must login using an ID that the library assigns them, typically their existing library
    card number. If a library has login validation on their own IPAC, Libwise can be set up to
    query that login screen remotely to validate each user by library card number/PIN (or
    password). If the library lacks an existing IPAC validation scheme, Libwise may be
    configured to validate in-library check-outs using an IP address range, or may be set up to use
    passcodes configurable by the library staff to validate patrons.

   Patrons may search based on availability, author, title, keyword, or category of eBook, and
    may also browse titles by category or author.

   If a title is not available for check-out, the system will offer to put the patron on a waitlist for
    the material. When the item becomes available it is automatically moved to the patron’s
    bookshelf (see below) and an email will be sent to the patron informing them of the
    availability of the desired title.

   Each patron has a "bookshelf" that shows all current waitlisted and borrowed titles, and also
    contains eBooks they have purchased, if any, allowing them to redownload the eBooks in
    case they ever lose the files. A report is available to the patron showing their total donations
    over any time period (if the library has enabled donations).

Summary

Libwise seeks to draw from and balance other existing eBook library models in a way unlike
other current market offerings.

Libraries will find that the Libwise model is a cost-effective way to start a comprehensive eBook
offering for their patrons with minimal expense that scales as their needs scale, and without the
burden of technology support. The monthly access fees are also much lower than fees from other
offerings in the market today, in some cases lower than a typical cell phone plan for a single
individual. (See Appendix below.)

Patrons will appreciate the flexibility of being able to read the eBooks they borrow while off-line
from the Internet, or on any popular handheld device such as Palm, PocketPC, Psion, Epoch, and
even Nokia Cell phones. Patrons will also find it easy to search and browse for content, with the
flexibility to be placed on a waitlist if a particular eBook is checked-out by another patron.

We believe this model is a major advance in the industry, offering fair value for all parties
involved, and allowing libraries to rapidly deploy eBook materials for their patrons in a
convenient and cost-effective way while stimulating volume eBook sales for publishers.



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                         APPENDIX: LIBWISE PRICING
     PLAN NAME              Monthly Fee       Check-outs per Month       Cost per Additional
                                                                             Check-out
Starter Plan                   $29.95                   250                    12 cents
Small Library Plan              49.95                   500                     9 cents
Mid-size Library Plan           79.95                  1,500                    6 cents
Large Library Plan             139.95                  5,000                    4 cents


NOTES:

The monthly access fee provides the library with:

           A hosted, customized web site to deliver eBooks to their patrons
           All support issues are handled by Fictionwise customer support
           All encryption services necessary to implement the time-out feature and management
            of eBooks on loan
           Access and logins to the library's administrative console, which allows customization
            of many parameters (such as check-out time periods, waitlists, etc.), administrative
            reports, as well as screens to purchase additional content.




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