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Indigo inks deal to carry complete New Star list on website

"Lengthy" negotiations clear technological hurdles, deepen Chapters.Indigo.ca offerings

2009.01.28 — New Star Books today announced an agreement with Canadian retail giant Indigo Books + Music which will see the complete New Star frontlist and backlist available through Indigo's website, Chapters.Indigo.ca, effective immediately.

Data compatability issues had prevented New Star's backlist from appearing as "available" on the Chapters.Indigo.ca website, according to New Star spokesman Dave Northstrong. "The data incompatability issues were an unfortunate by-product of uneven adoption of bibliographic data standards," says Northstrong. "The rather lengthy process we entered into with Indigo two years ago had some difficult technological problems to overcome, but after much hard work by both parties, the issues appear to have been ironed out. We're very pleased that Indigo's customers now have unfettered access to New Star's rich backlist." Frontlist titles, available in most Indigo and Chapters stores, were not affected by the problems which plagued older titles.

Indigo Books + Music shares rose 2 cents, to $12.00 per share, on news of the agreement.