CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, is proud to announce it has entered into an agreement with F+W Media, Inc., to provide rich, highly-formatted content on Blio. Blio is the revolutionary e-reader software application created by K-NFB Reading Technology and powered by Baker & Taylor. F+W Media is a leading content provider releasing more than 600 new book titles annually serving a variety of enthusiast communities. F+W also holds an extensive backlist, 3,500 titles strong, and has 750 e-books available.
"Baker & Taylor is proud to include F+W Media's books on Blio, which provides readers with a full-color, 3-D, interactive e-reading experience," said Tom Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Baker & Taylor. "Together with publishers like F+W, Baker & Taylor is committed to delivering to book lovers the content they want, in the format and on the devices of their choice."
By leveraging strong relationships with the publishing community as well with its best-of-breed digital technology partners LibreDigital and K-NFB Reading Technology, Baker & Taylor is converting new content for Blio every day. With more than 41,000 customers in 120 countries, Baker & Taylor's global reach makes it the perfect partner to provide superior content management and distribution for the world's most innovative e-reader application. Baker & Taylor's affiliation with Blio is its latest step in bringing comprehensive digital media services to multiple channels and to a wide variety of customers, strengthening its position as the premier source for digital and physical media distribution.
"The F+W Media mission is to provide our enthusiast consumers with the very best information and inspiration when and where they desire – in print, in person and digitally," said David Nussbaum, Chairman and CEO of F+W Media. "Our partners at Baker & Taylor are allowing us just one more great way to further serve our readers through the availability of our full-color, richly-illustrated instructional titles for graphic designers, fine artists, crafters, woodworkers and more."
Blio, featuring cutting-edge print-to-speech (for rights-enabled titles) and full-color 3-D technologies, is the brainchild of futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, CEO of K-NFB Reading Technology. Blio delivers the most advanced, flexible and open reading platform in the world. Blio is unrivaled in its ability to bring to life books that are F+W's forte – step-by-step instruction and inspiration for crafters, artists, and other enthusiasts. Blio is also hardware neutral, meaning it works on a number of devices, including personal computers, laptops, netbook, iPhones and iPads.
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor Inc. (www.baker-taylor.com) is a global media distribution company and leading provider of digital media services. Baker & Taylor ensures that its more than 30,000 publishing partners get their materials into readers' hands in the format and on their device of choice. Baker & Taylor is especially proud to power Blio, the world's most advanced, flexible and engaging e-reader software application. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Baker & Taylor has been in existence for more than 180 years and has developed long-term relationships with major publishers.
Baker & Taylor maintains one of the largest in-stock book inventory in the United States, and services the broadest customer base in the industry. 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. Baker & Taylor and the Baker & Taylor logo are trademarks of Baker & Taylor, Inc. Blio is a trademark of K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. Other company and product names mentioned for identification purposes may be trademarks of their respective owners.
About F+W Media, Inc.
F+W Media, Inc., is a leading content provider serving enthusiasts across many communities, including writing, art, genealogy, graphic design, collectibles, crafts, and more. The Company publishes more than 35 magazines, 600+ new book titles annually, and holds a robust backlist of 3,500 titles. Additionally, the Company owns and operates hundreds of free, or for fee websites, Webinars, consumer and trade events, and 21 specialty e-stores. www.fwmedia.com
About K-NFB Reading Technology Inc.
K–NFB Reading Technology has propelled reading technology forward for the last 30 years with the invention of omnifont OCR, flatbed scanners, text-to-speech technology and reading machines for the blind. Once again, K-NFB is redefining the boundaries of the printed word, via Blio – the new generation in e-reading. This free application, works across platforms, and presents books as they are intended, in full color, as laid out by the publisher. A joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, K-NFB is headed by CEO Ray Kurzweil, a 30-year innovator and pioneer in assistive technologies. The National Federation of the Blind is the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. For more on Blio, created by K-NFB Reading Technology and powered by Baker & Taylor, go to www.blioreader.com.
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