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May 22, 2013

Chelsea, MI – For RSMeans, North America’s leading source of construction cost information, accuracy and reliability are essential.   When looking to add eBooks to the comprehensive list of titles the company offers in printed book, CD, and online formats, RSMeans turned to Sheridan for a solution that ensures data integrity and protects against copyright infringement.

Building on the Sheridan Connect platform, Sheridan created a custom branded eCommerce site which  integrates seamlessly with the RSMeans website for the sale of direct to consumer eBooks.  RSMeans’ eBooks are hosted in a secure location and are protected using Sheridan’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) system, powered by Adobe® Content Server.  In addition, Sheridan Connect handles the payment processing, order fulfillment, and a digital archive for purchasers, allowing RSMeans to focus on their marketing, sales, and customer relations for their new electronic products.

“We wanted to take our printed cost data books to the next level – eBooks,” states Andrea Sillah, Senior Product Marketing Manager for RSMeans, “but chiefly, we wanted to ensure data integrity and protect against copyright infringement.  Our customers rely on RSMeans for regularly updated construction cost information, so it is important that we are able to provide timely access in the form of electronic content that customers can access from multiple devices while on the go, yet ensure RSMeans’ proprietary data is securely restricted at the user level.  Sheridan’s offering allowed us to build a branded storefront to sell and fulfill RSMeans eBooks in real time, giving customers instant access to the data using Sheridan’s digital rights management expertise.”

Marie Ketner, Technology Director for Sheridan Books commented “Sheridan Connect was the ideal solution for RSMeans.  It helped them expand their product line to meet their readers’ needs, provided them with the security they required, and was implemented quickly. Our goal is to allow publishers to leverage the Sheridan Connect platform and technology to expand their business, allowing them to focus on driving sales.”


About RSMeans

RSMeans, a division of Reed Construction Data and the most quoted name in construction, is North America’s leading provider of construction cost information.  For more than 70 years, RSMeans has been the source of locally relevant, accurate and up-to-date cost information construction professionals can count on to build competitive estimates and control construction costs.  The on-staff experts at RSMeans offer seminars, consulting services, and assistance with cost data and estimating needs.  www.reedconstructiondata.com/rsmeans

About Sheridan

Located in Chelsea, MI, Sheridan Books, Inc. is a leading book manufacturer providing publishers complete book manufacturing services. Sheridan Books provides sheet-fed and web offset printing, digital inkjet and on-demand toner printing, and eBook conversion and distribution product offerings. Sheridan Books is one of five Sheridan companies providing print, publishing services, and technology solutions to the publishing industry. (Hunt Valley, MD).  www.sheridan.com