I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. Â While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Â Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. Â First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: Â A Scorecard for Public Libraries.Â Â Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). Â The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference
This sounds like a great app for audio files.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ January 17, 2013 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the worldâ€™s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced the launch of its innovative Acoustik audiobook service for the Axis 360 digital media platform, enabling library patrons to borrow and download digital audiobooks directly to their Apple and Android mobile devices. The free Acoustik audiobook app is powered by Findaway World, LLC, an innovative, industry leader in audiobook distribution.
Acoustik audiobooks provide Axis 360-enabled libraries with instant access to more than 25,000 new release and best-selling backlist audiobook titles, offering a diverse and extensive collection, as well as a simple and convenient way for patrons to download and listen on the go. Continue reading Baker & Taylor and Findaway World launch AcoustikTM Audiobooks for the Axis 360 Digital Media Library
Great news from Baker and Taylor.Â The blio platform is quite nice, but downloading to one’s personal device in EPUB or PDF is another great addition to the service.Â From the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 –Â Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment, today released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on ereaders compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices.
With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any of the top multi-function phones, tablets and ereader devices to find, check out and read digital titles from their local library. Patrons can select the ebook format that works best for them â€“ EPUB or PDF formats, or Blio, the fully-accessible, free ereader app that offers rich features and content, and is available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices. Continue reading Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders
Glad to see more vendors making accommodations for visually-impaired users. Â From a Baker & Taylor press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ May 22, 2012 â€“ Baker & Taylor, Inc., the worldâ€™s largest distributorÂ of digital and physical books, today announced an important new release of its Axis 360Â digital media platform that allows visually-impaired ebook users to have full access andÂ use of their libraryâ€™s digital collections. Â Continue reading Axis 360 new release fully accessible for visually-impaired users
From and Baker and Taylor Press Release:
Cleveland, OH, and Charlotte, NCâ€”April 10, 2012â€” Baker & Taylor, the worldâ€™s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment product, and Findaway World, LLC (Findaway), the creators of PlayawayÂ®, Playaway ViewÂ®, and Catalist Digitalâ„¢, today announce their plans to launch a robust digital audiobook platform for public libraries and retailers later this year.
The partnership leverages Findawayâ€™s extensive digital audiobook catalog and existing Catalist Digital platform with Baker & Taylorâ€™s innovative Axis 360 digital media platform to create the most seamless mobile listening experience available for libraries, patrons, and consumersâ€”from audiobook selection to download. Continue reading Baker & Taylor to deliver Spoken Word Audio content via Axis 360
It seems as though OverDrive and 3M garner all of the attention when it comes to ebooks for the public library market.Â So, it’s nice to see Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 in the news this week.Â Library Journal’s Mike Kelley wrote a fabulously detailed article about the service titled, “With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market.”Â He provides an overview of the digital media platform, Axis 360 and a glimpse of their reader, blio. It’s definitely worth a look, particularly for small libraries with limited funds for ebooks.
I had the chance to speak with Michael Bills, Director of Sales for Digital Products at Baker & Taylor about Axis 360 and Blio a few months ago.Â Our audio interview is available as part of the NSR interviews series. Have a listen.