The United Nations (UN) is using a new web publishing system to improve the monetisation and search process of its e-publications.

The United Nations eCollection will be managed and shared using the pub2web system from Publishing Technology. The new platform will help break down content silos and deliver information commerce capabilities to the United Nations eCollection.

Using the system the eCollection will be available to library customers, higher education institutions, and commercial and individual end-users.

The eCollection will be built on a custom interface to allow cross searching, discovery and sales via pay-per-view or by subscription for over 1,500 publications produced by the international organisation, covering e-books, reports, periodicals and other literature.

Valentina Kalk of the department of public information at the United Nations said: "Delivering a wealth of titles and serial publications to our readers worldwide via a single multilingual online platform is very exciting. It is increasingly important that we make information more discoverable and searchable in the easiest and most environmentally-friendly ways possible."

In other recent electronic publishing news, last month academic and professional development publisher Kaplan said it was bringing its training courses to Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone and the iPad. The publisher, a subsidiary of newspaper firm The Washington Post Company, is offering its Kaplan Mobile application to allow students to prepare for standardised tests while on the move.