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Copia Interactive, The Blaze Announce eReading Solution to Connect Authors, Commentators, Readers 
Interactive Digital Content to Create Community of Readers, Fans

New York, NY, MAY 1, 2012  –  Copia Interactive, LLC, creator of one of the largest, independent, full-featured digital content platforms, and The Blaze, a premiere online destination for news, information and opinion, announced today the launch of The Blaze "Books" Vertical (blaze.thecopia.com), Powered by Copia.

Utilizing all the capabilities of the Copia platform, The Blaze's new vertical will offer its readers a community-based platform as a new way to enjoy relevant books in a socially charged manner.

Some of the eReading solutions offered by the new Copia-powered Blaze Books Vertical include: 

  1. A curated experience by trusted Blaze editors in the margins of digital content that gives readers extra insight into the most relevant topics of our time.
  2. Allowing readers to start their own reading clubs and groups and to engage in discussion threads directly in the margins of Blaze eContent.
  3. Giving readers access to exclusive Blaze editions with staff annotations, connect with their favorite GBTV and Blaze contributors, meet like-minded individuals, or argue with the other side—all in the margins of their e-books.

 "We have always wanted The Blaze to be a place to get more than just the key news of the day.  Breaking news is always best balanced by deeper wisdom.  That context of ideas and argument will be central to the role of Copia on The Blaze," said Scott Baker, Editor in Chief of the Blaze. "Allowing visitors to The Blaze to have a home base for those kinds of discussion will be an amazing opportunity. Access to a vast array of thoughtful books is only part of the equation. The unlimited opportunity to explore the most critical ideas of our time is what we want to offer." 

"Powering The Blaze's new vertical is exactly the type of experience Copia was built to support," said Ben Lowinger, Executive Vice President of Copia Interactive.  "By merging the thoughts and ideas of The Blaze's impressive personalities and dedicated readership into the margins of some of the most enlightening and discussion-generating content of our time, Copia will create the type of compelling and differentiating experience The Blaze is known to represent."

Betsy Morgan, President of The Blaze said: "The Blaze is committed to utilizing the latest technology to help our readers engage with our stories. We are looking forward to working with Copia on the the launch of this new books vertical as we continue to build an online community for readers of The Blaze."

To kick off the launch of this unique experience The Blaze "Books" will be celebrating the release of Buck Sexton's new ebook "Occupy: American Spring - The Making of a Revolution". Through the Copia-powered platform, readers have the opportunity to experience a book launch in a new and relevant way, with commentary and annotations from Buck Sexton himself, as well as additional annotations and comments from his GBTV colleagues. 

About Copia Interactive
Copia (www.thecopia.com) unites content, community, collaboration, and commerce in a single software platform to deliver multi-genre digital media across an array of computing, mobile, personal entertainment, and eReading devices. With Copia, users engage more deeply with content and community through an innovative, rich, and unified interface — all their media, all their friends, all in one application. Copia also provides highly customized, co-branded, white-label solutions through its "Powered by Copia" program.

The Copia platform is developed by Copia Interactive, LLC — a portfolio company of DMC Capital Funding, LLC (www.dmccapitalfunding.com), the venture capital arm of the DMC group of companies. The DMC group comprises top enterprise and consumer technology companies with a heritage that spans more than 50 years' investing in, developing, manufacturing, and distributing market-leading consumer-electronics products. 

About The Blaze
The Blaze (www.theblaze.com) is a news and information network owned by Glenn Beck's production company Mercury Radio Arts. TheBlaze.com, which launched only 19 months ago, receives over 6 million unique visitors per month. The Blaze provides news and information for Real News, a daily one-hour news program on GBTV and for Glenn Beck's radio show, the third-highest rated in America. The Blaze also publishes a monthly magazine.

Natalia Tsurikova  for Copia

Josh Raffel from Hiltzik Strategies for The Blaze