Maps.com and Blish.com Partner in an Online Marketplace for Digital Content
Career Education Corporation Subsidiary Adds New Dimension to Company's Online Offerings
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL. (Business Wire)
—February 28, 2006
JDV Online, part of the New Initiatives Group of Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO), announced today that it has launched Blish.com
, an exciting new fully digital marketplace aimed at bringing together buyers and sellers of digital content.
Leveraging the digital enterprise model and the growing micro-commerce market, two of the most explosive drivers in e-commerce today, Blish adds new innovation to successful models such as Apple's iTunes, Amazon.com, and Expedia—which collectively rewrote the rules for the online sale of music, books, and air travel. Utilizing Blish.com's powerful and easy-to-use portal, owners of digital content post their content for sale in real time, control the price for each item, and collect royalties from sales automatically.
"Blish answers the most critical need in today's digital economy," explains Nick Fluge, Chief Visionary Officer of Career Education Corporation (CEC), "by connecting purchase-minded consumers to one of the richest and least utilized resources — the hundreds of millions of fully produced digital assets currently not offered for sale."
Blish.com is a comprehensive online marketplace that enables customers to quickly find and immediately purchase a wide variety of digital content products such as full ebooks, as well as ebooks by the chapter, technical manuals and analysis, legal forms, sound loops, music tracks, digital maps, woodworking plans, software and video. In all more than 70,000 digital products are currently offered in the Blish marketplace. Soon Blish will include computer games, 3D modeling, motivational seminars, academic lectures, audio books, and PDA applications. stock photography, A true online marketplace, Blish.com also supports content creators who wish to monetize their work.
One of Blish's highlighted partners is Maps.com — the Largest US Map & Store, which features thousands of digital map files in vector and raster formats. Maps of continents, countries, cities, states, airports and the entire globe are built by maps.com and featured on the new Also partnering with Blish.com are: Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE)— a leading digital rights management solution providing Blish with secure ebook fulfillment; Pearson/Prentice Hall (NYSE: PSO)— providing an innovative, chapter-based ebook format across some of their most popular titles, including Financial Times, PeachPit Press, Que and Wharton School Publishing imprints; ElementK — an e-learning provider specializing in software tutorials; Lightning Source — one of the largest consolidators of ebooks in the world; Mercado Software — a powerful merchandising and e-commerce search solution; US Legal Forms — offering thousands professionally developed legal forms; and MediaBay (NASDAQ: MBAY)— a leading provider of audiobook downloads.
The site's intentions are not modest. Blish aims to establish itself as the default source for consumers when they look to purchase any kind of digital content, attracting millions of customers to the site each month. "We see Blish.com as the destination site for digital purchases, offering access to millions of fully searchable digital assets," explains Career Education Corporation's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Larson. "Like eBay, Blish will provide ease of use, affordability, and accessibility to a vast array of content that has never before been available to the average consumer."
Check out our digital partnership at www.blish.com
About Career Education Corporation
Career Education Corporation
, through its colleges, schools and universities, offers quality higher education to more than 100,000 students both on-campus and online in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. CEC reports and discusses its operating results in two separate segments: the Colleges, Schools and Universities segment, which represents the results of the campuses providing education on-ground, and the Online Education Group, which represents the results of its campuses providing education online.
The Colleges, Schools and Universities segment includes more than 70,000 students attending one of 80-plus campuses owned by CEC. The on-ground campuses are located throughout the U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates and offer doctoral degree, master's degree, bachelor's degree, associate degree, and diploma programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, visual communication and design technologies, health education, information technology, and culinary arts.
The Online Education Group segment includes more than 30,000 students attending the web-based virtual campuses of either American InterContinental University Online or Colorado Technical University Online. The online campuses of these two universities collectively offer a variety of degrees in information technology, computer science, business, visual communication, health sciences, criminal justice, and education.
Founded in 1991, Santa Barbara based Maps.com is the industry's most comprehensive mapping services company with offerings in the business, consumer, and education marketplaces. Whether it's creating a regional wall map or planning a multi-stop travel route online, Maps.com strives to meet the mapping needs of today's digital era. Today, over 2 million monthly visitors, 8,500 U.S. Schools, and both small and large companies, such as Lowe's Home Improvement, Nextel, and AAA currently benefit from Maps.com's vast service offerings. For more information, visit