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New home for e‑book distribution: Zeilenwert acquires Libreka

  • 2015

Effec­tive Sep­tem­ber 1, 2015, Zeilen­wert GmbH, the e‑book full ser­vice com­pany based in Rudol­stadt, Thuringia, will acquire Libreka GmbH, which was pre­vi­ously spun-off from MVB Mar­ket­ing- und Ver­lagsser­vice des Buch­han­dels GmbH. A pur­chase agree­ment was signed on July 31, 2015; the pur­chase price was not disclosed.

Zeilen­wert will keep the Libreka brand, tech­nol­ogy and all of its employ­ees and will oper­ate it as a sep­a­rate busi­ness unit, thereby adding a new loca­tion in Frank­furt am Main.

Libreka cus­tomers will ben­e­fit not only from the seam­less con­tin­u­a­tion of their exist­ing e‑book ser­vices, but also from the addi­tional offer­ings from Zeilen­wert, such as the dig­i­tal ship­ment of crit­i­cal review copies or sales of dig­i­tal audio Content.

Over the past three months, we have exten­sively dis­cussed with the Zeilen­wert team how we can best develop e‑book dis­tri­b­u­tion for our cus­tomers in the long term. Together, we have come to the con­clu­sion that a com­plete sale of Libreka is the best option, as the col­leagues at Zeilen­wert can con­cen­trate all of their inno­va­tion and invest­ment energy into the field of e‑books,” said MVB CEO Ronald Schild. He added, “In the nego­ti­a­tions, it was espe­cially impor­tant to us that our ded­i­cated employ­ees find a new pro­fes­sional home.”

Through this very inclu­sive process with MVB, we can lay a solid foun­da­tion for the growth of our com­pany in the field of e‑book dis­tri­b­u­tion,” explained Thorsten Schreiber, who leads Zeilen­wert together with Sebas­t­ian Lübcke.


Devel­op­ment of Libreka


  • The Ger­man Book Trade Asso­ci­a­tion (Börsen­verein) com­mis­sions MVB to under­take the project “Full-text Search Online (VTO)”


  • Prod­uct launch under the new brand Libreka at the Frank­furt Book Fair
  • Libreka intro­duces the pre­view fea­ture “Link-up”


  • Leipzig Book Fair intro­duces e‑books for pur­chase through Libreka
  • «e‑book Data» is offered for inte­gra­tion into web-shops


  • By Sep­tem­ber, over a half-mil­lion e‑books are avail­able for pur­chase through Libreka


  • By March, more than one mil­lion e‑books are avail­able for pur­chase through Libreka
  • In Decem­ber, the Librekas online stores for printed books and e‑books are bun­dled under the brand name


  • At the begin­ning of 2015, the “Libreka-Euro” fee is discontinued


Libreka in Numbers

  • More than 1,000,000 e‑books
  • 1,600 par­tic­i­pat­ing pub­lish­ers, of which nearly 1,200 use Libreka’s e‑commerce functionalities
  • More than 50 mil­lion pages search­able on the Inter­net with Libreka’s “Full-text Search Online” Feature
  • Inte­gra­tion of the “Link-up” pre­view fea­ture in three of the five largest web-shops and more than 1,000 Inter­net sites­Li­breka is inte­grated into numer­ous library catalogues


About Zeilen­wert

Zeilen­wert GmbH offers a com­pre­hen­sive port­fo­lio of e‑book ser­vices: con­ver­sion to all pop­u­lar for­mats, dig­i­tal deliv­ery and dis­tri­b­u­tion in over 100 online stores, retro-dig­i­ti­za­tion of back­list titles, pro­duc­tion of Enhanced Media e‑books, pro­vi­sion of white label online shops, etc. In the grow­ing e‑book mar­ket, more than 250 small and medium-sized pub­lish­ers are cur­rently on Zeilenwert’s cus­tomer list. The com­pany employs 22 peo­ple.

Con­tact Zeilenwert:

Thorsten Schreiber | Zeilen­wert CEO
Tel.: +49 3671 67991–00


About MVB

MVB Mar­ket­ing- und Ver­lagsser­vice des Buch­han­dels GmbH is the lead­ing ser­vice com­pany in the Ger­man book indus­try. As a sub­sidiary of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Ger­man Pub­lish­ers and Book­sellers e. V., it offers a wide range of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and ser­vices for pub­lish­ers and book­sellers, pro­vid­ing sup­port and guid­ance for the mar­ket­ing of books and ori­en­ta­tion in the book mar­ket.

Con­tact MVB:

Markus Fer­tig | PR Man­ager MVB
Tel.: +49 69 1306–374 | Fax +49 69 1306–17374

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