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McMaster University Library Partners With Kirtas Technologies, Ristech and to Unleash Thousands of Rare Books to the World

With the support of Kirtas' Canadian reseller Ristech, McMaster
University will be using the Kirtas APT BookScan 2400RA to digitize rare,
out-of-print books. Once the books are digitized and processed, files will
be made available to the world on the Internet through the university
library and for sale as print-on-demand books on

"We have significant collections that we would like to make more widely
accessible through digitization," said Jeffrey Trzeciak, University
Librarian at McMaster University. "The digitization technology provided by
Kirtas, the support and service we receive from Ristech, and the ability of
Lulu to pull it all together increases both the electronic availability and
the availability of the books in print for those who choose print on

As the publisher of these unique books, the Library also hopes to
generate revenue through the print-on-demand service.

"We see more and more universities taking advantage of the
print-on-demand option that is enabled through the digitization process,"
said Kirtas Founder and CEO Lotfi Belkhir. "Not only are these institutions
sharing their unique collections, but they are also creating a revenue
stream that allows them to reinvest in their access and preservation

About McMaster University

McMaster University, a world-renowned, research-intensive university,
fosters a culture of innovation, and a commitment to discovery and learning
in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University,
one of only four Canadian universities to be listed on the Top 100
universities in the world, has a student population of more than 23,000,
and an alumni population of more than 131,000 in 128 countries.

About Ristech

Ristech is a leading Canadian Distributor of Automated Digitization
Technologies. Founded in 1995 Ristech sells and supports the technologies
required to convert books, film and paper to digital images. The primary
focus of Ristech is to provide mass digitization solutions to our clients.
This is accomplished by offering a combination of Robotic Technologies
combined with automated batch conversion software solutions and on-site
technical support.

About Kirtas Technologies

Since the company was founded in 2001, Kirtas Technologies has
pioneered and perfected the technology used today in quality, high-speed,
nondestructive mass book digitization. The company's revolutionary
technology redefines digitization of all bound documents, delivering the
gentlest handling, the highest image quality, faster and with fewer errors
than any other solution in the marketplace today.

About is the premier marketplace for digital content on the
Internet, with over 320,000 recently published titles, and more than 5,000
new titles added each week, created by people in 80 different countries.
With just over one million registered members, Lulu is changing the world
of publishing by enabling the creators to publish their work themselves
with complete editorial and copyright control. With storefronts provided
and other marketing support, Lulu creators are fully empowered to profit
from their work.

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