An important project with Pearson and Canon to enable students to print entire paper books on printers at a public library. Unlike traditional local printing, through Aggregion platform copyright holders can control the licensing conditions for each book and the protected content is stored remotely.
Students in the pilot library (LIBFL, Library of Foreign Literature) may select Pearson books from library’s online catalog and in under 10 minutes an industrial Canon printer will print and stitch together the entire book. The whole end-to-end licensing process is managed through the Aggregion platform, which is integrated directly with the Canon printers and with the library’s online catalog. As more copyright holders engage this capability, consumers will have access to a wider selection of books (or any printed materials) and, as more vendors adopt the technology, be able to print them on home printers.
This is a key step in development of the Aggregion IP Flow process, which covers the licensing flow from copyright holders into manufacturing of physical products. Foreseeable next step in development of this technology is to enable 3D printing capabilities for consumers (print licensed blueprints at home) and for businesses (industrial grade printing at factories).
Pearson is one of Aggregion’s most important strategic allies and clients. A variety of projects have been done with Pearson, encompassing the areas of digital content sales through online stores, mobile readers, integration with Pearson platforms, and bundling of Pearson products with third party copyright holders (such as Disney).
Distribution of Pearson content: Pearson books may be acquired through online stores connected to the Aggregion platform. The books are then accessible through the Pearson Reader.
Pearson Reader: a proprietary Aggregion content reader and player, branded as Pearson. It is integrated directly with the Aggregion platform enabling the seamless end-to-end flow of licenses from copyright holder through channels and to the end customers’ devices. The content in Pearson Reader may also be accessible by activating codes included in paper textbooks.
Integration with Pearson platform: some Pearson platforms, such as MyEnglishLab, are integrated with Aggregion, enabling Pearson to license the access to the platforms through the Aggregion platform. The platforms’ authentication systems are integrated with Aggregion, allowing users to use their universal Aggregion id to login into multiple systems.
Content Bundling: through the Aggregion platform the Pearson content may be bundled with content from other copyright holders. For example, in one of the cases, Pearson textbooks include activation codes to access related Disney content.