In an agreement that marries one of the oldest collections of print publications with modern technology, the Ingram Content Group has expanded its CoreSource platform to include direct distribution to the British Library, making it easy for publishers to comply with U.K. legal deposit law. Under British law, publishers and distributors in the U. K. have a legal obligation to send one copy of each of their printed books and paper publications to the Legal Deposit Office of the British Library within one month of publication. That law was recently amended and since April 6 publishers can submit non-print works including e-book content to comply with new legal deposit regulations.

To take advantage of that change, Ingram has developed a distribution option within its CoreSource platform to allow publishers to submit content to the British Library and comply with e-book submission legal requirements. Ingram noted that many publishers use the CoreSource platform for digital asset management in the U.K. and that two of those companies, Taylor & Francis and Kogan Page, will be among the first to use the platform to furnish the British Library with e-book content. According to Ingram, the British Library intends to work with up to 25 U.K. e-book publishers in 2013 to ramp up digital collecting under the digital legal deposit regulations.

"Through new legal deposit regulations, we are now beginning to build a comprehensive library of electronic publications, and we are pleased that Ingram's CoreSource platform will help us achieve that,” said Andrew Davis, legal deposit & digital acquisitions manager at the British Library.