Gale and Rough Guides Enter into Agreement – Travel Titles to be Included in Gale Virtual Reference Library

Farmington Hills, Mich., June 23, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Rough Guides Ltd., part of Penguin Group, announced today a licensing agreement that will allow for the inclusion of more than 100 travel titles in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Gale’s popular eBook platform.

Rough Guides publishes guidebooks and online content for hundreds of destinations worldwide. Known for its extensive coverage of travel destinations through content and photos, Rough Guides help independent-minded travelers plan entire trips with a broad range of useful information on topics such as transportation, history, cultural attractions, eating, shopping, accommodations and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers thousands of electronic reference books from dozens of publishers allowing libraries to provide the convenience of an online search engine with the accuracy and authority of Gale’s 50-year publishing legacy.  With Gale Virtual Reference Library, libraries can fill their virtual shelves with electronic reference sources covering a wide variety of topics and subjects – ranging from current events to classics and from arts and humanities to small business – and users can enjoy unlimited access anytime of day from anywhere with an Internet connection.

“By adding Rough Guides to Gale Virtual Reference Library we are expanding our subject offerings.  Users will now be able to access detailed travel-related content while taking advantage of cross-searchability, connecting popular updated information with historical reference,” said Jay Flynn, Gale’s vice president and publisher for social science and K-12.

“Rough Guides is really thrilled to be partnering with the Gale Virtual Reference Library on the inclusion of digital editions of our travel guides,” said Tom Hall, director of digital licensing.  “This licensing agreement will give the Rough Guides list increased exposure to anyone who is seeking up-to-the minute, thoroughly researched travel information in our brand’s signature accessible style.”

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected] or Judi Powers at [email protected].

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats.  For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.com.

About Rough Guides
Rough Guides, a division of Penguin Group, publishes guidebooks for independent-minded travelers to more than 200 destinations around the globe, from Alaska to Zanzibar. The guidebooks are designed for independent travelers on a range of budgets seeking the best cultural and historical coverage but who are just as interested in finding-out-of-the-way beaches and clubs. Each Rough Guide combines opinionated reviews with the most up-to-date information on accommodations, restaurants, sights, and activities. The Rough Guides list is distributed internationally and has offices in London, New York City and Delhi.