Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 10 • November 2000
Baker & Taylor Announces E-Book Partnerships

Baker & Taylor, Inc. has announced the selection of two key technology partners by (, its new business-to-business e-commerce venture. In developing its product offerings, will incorporate technologies and products from (, a provider of customized solutions for online e-book access and viewing, and DigitalOwl (, a provider of secure digital packaging, marketing, and syndication of premium information content. Baker & Taylor will use to develop and deliver e-book selections to the public and academic library markets.

According to the announcement, Baker & Taylor’s offering is being designed to provide library customers with access to premium collections of e-books from premier book publishers. will utilize to support this new service, beginning with its online collection of more than 1,400 IT reference books. The eBook Library service will be available in January.

“Libraries are searching for ways to better utilize the Internet to expand and enhance their business,” said Craig Richards, president and CEO of Baker & Taylor and “Baker & Taylor’s extensive history in support of library customers provides us tremendous insight into the requirements of this market. The integration with these leading-edge technology companies will enable us to provide our customers with the seamless solution they have been asking for from a company they have grown to trust.”

“Most observers and participants in the emerging e-book marketplace agree that immense value can be added to reference books by making them available online in electronic form,” said Sean Devine, vice president of business development at “We are pleased to be involved in such a significant partnership that fulfills the promise of e-books to the market.”’s use of DigitalOwl’s patent-pending KineticEdge software allows Baker & Taylor to provide library patrons with the opportunity to search, access, and use collections online and, with its secure and simple check-out process, download books for viewing on Palm and other PDA devices. The service will offer libraries new usage models for e-book content, including pay-per-view, patron purchase, annual subscription, and automatic timeout/renewal.

“Our focus has been on delivering a superior consumer experience for accessing, acquiring, and viewing digital content on a variety of computer, hand-held, and wireless devices,” said Kirstie Chadwick, president and CEO of DigitalOwl. “Our selection by and Baker & Taylor allows us to extend this focus to libraries, a rapidly growing segment of the digital content market.”

Source: Baker & Taylor, Inc. and, Charlotte, NC, 800/775-1800;

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