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March 8, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Baker & Taylor Agreement With Smashwords to Bring Ebooks to Blio

Baker & Taylor, Inc., a distributor of digital and physical books, together with K-NFB Reading Technology, developer of the Blio e-reading application, announced a distribution agreement with Smashwords that will bring nearly 100,000 independently published ebooks to the Blio store. Blio is the feature-rich ereading application that allows readers to experience ereading in a new way, and use their digital library across multiple devices. Smashwords is a distributor of indie (self-published) ebooks, offering a catalog of more than 100,000 original titles representing 37,000 indie authors and small presses around the world.

The agreement will also bring Smashwords ebooks to public libraries that subscribe to Baker & Taylor’s new Axis360 digital media platform. Axis360, which was launched last year, has been deployed by several top public library systems in the U.S. Dozens more libraries are converting to the platform as well.

Using Blio, readers can sample and purchase Smashwords books, create digital libraries for purchased and sampled titles, publish text or YouTube video book reviews, and “favorite” their chosen authors, publishers, and titles.

Source: Baker & Taylor, Inc.



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