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Hachette Book Group Partners with Baker & Taylor to Distribute Ebooks to Libraries Via Axis 360

Thousands of Digital Titles To Be Available Following Successful Test Program with Five Axis 360 Libraries

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker & Taylor, the world's largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced today that beginning May 8th, as a result of months of working closely with Hachette Book Group on a successful ebook test program, Hachette Book Group's ebooks will be available for sale to all libraries using the Axis 360 digital media platform.

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Over the last year, a small group of Axis 360 libraries have participated in circulating select Hachette Book Group ebooks to patrons. Hachette Book Group announced this week that it is now making its full ebook catalog - including new releases - available for all public and school libraries.

"Baker & Taylor is proud to have worked so closely with Hachette Book Group and five of our leading library customers in this successful test program.  This was an important step in Hachette Book Group's decision to make their full ebook catalog available to all public and school libraries," said George Coe, President of Baker & Taylor's Library and Education Group. "Baker & Taylor will continue working closely with Hachette Book Group and our other partners in the publishing industry to provide libraries with the robust selection of digital and printed materials that they and their patrons so eagerly demand."

The five test libraries that participated in the pilot program were Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, San Jose Public Library, San Mateo County Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Salt Lake County Library.

Baker & Taylor will make Hachette Book Group ebooks available on May 8 through its comprehensive Title Source 3 selection and acquisitions website.  The ebooks will then be accessible for patrons to discover, download and read through the Axis 360 digital media platform. Titles will also be incorporated into Baker & Taylor's "First Look" new title notifications plans, and throughout the full range of collection development programs that Baker & Taylor provides its customers for title selection and fulfillment in physical and digital formats.

Axis 360 delivers digital Audiobooks and ebooks for library users in EPUB, PDF and Blio formats to PC and Mac computers, laptops and netbooks, to smartphones and tablets running on Android and iOS, and to popular ereaders such as NOOK®, Sony Reader™ and Kobo™.

About Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor, Inc. is the world's largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm.

SOURCE Baker & Taylor, Inc.



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