Baker & Taylor Signs Agreement to Provide eBooks on Azpen Tablets
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, together with K-NFB Reading Technology, developer of the Blio ereading application, today announced that an ebook platform featuring the Blio ereader will soon be available on Azpen Innovation’s Android-based tablet devices.
“We’re excited to partner with Azpen to provide an innovative ereading experience combined with a fully-merchandised storefront, so that Azpen tablet users get best-selling titles along with enhanced ebooks on an easy-to-use platform,” said Bob Nelson, president of Baker & Taylor’s Digital Group. “This new agreement with Azpen furthers our goal of creating new channels for publishers to have their content discovered, sold, and read.”
Through its partnerships with thousands of publishers worldwide, Baker & Taylor will provide a comprehensive bookstore that includes best-selling titles, as well as children’s books, textbooks and lifestyle books, such as travel and cookbooks, many with integrated full-color and other multimedia enhancements.
“We were excited to showcase our next generation tablets at CES recently, and are thrilled to add ereading capabilities to those devices,” says Jim Hu, CEO at Azpen. “Consumers are looking for devices that can do it all. By offering Blio on our Android tablets, we’re able to provide our customers with a seamless and media rich ereading experience.”
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. (www.baker-taylor.com) is the world’s largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company leverages its unsurpassed worldwide distribution network to deliver rich content in multiple formats, anytime and anywhere. Baker & Taylor 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. Baker & Taylor is proud to power Blio (blioreader.com), the world’s most flexible, engaging and revolutionary ereading application. 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.
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.
Azpen Innovations, Inc. (www.azpenpc.com) is a global provider of tablet pc’s, ereaders, gaming devices and wireless products. We channel our creative energy to develop intuitive, intelligent technology to enrich people’s lives which can be seen from our day-to-day operations and in all our interactions.
We distribute our products through retailers, wireless carriers and other distribution channels using our Azpen brand name. We also provide OEM and ODM services for vertical markets.
SOURCE Baker & Taylor