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Baker & Taylor Releases New App for Axis 360
Baker & Taylor released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout, and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio e-reader, which provides a fully accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users.
Rich in features and easy to use, axisReader runs on devices with iOS- or Android-operating systems and is now available to install through iTunes and Google Play (formerly Android Market). Links to the application download pages will also be provided within the App Zone of Axis 360 library websites.
axisReader integrates fully with a library’s Axis 360 digital repository, allowing patrons to instantly borrow and download best-sellers and new release fiction and nonfiction titles in EPUB and PDF formats. The app is loaded with features including search within, dictionary lookup, and highlighting selections while reading. Personalization within the axisReader also gives the user the ability to Find A Library and to bookmark that link for easy discovery and download from the Axis 360 library.
With both axisReader and Blio—said to be the only fully accessible ereader in the marketplace—Axis 360 now offers library patrons more choices than ever. Many of the nation’s top libraries find Axis 360 to be a convenient and cost-effective way to offer digital content to patrons on a wide variety of personal computers, laptops, e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. With Axis 360, libraries have access to more than 450,000 titles, including digital audiobooks available through Baker & Taylor's new Acoustik direct-to-device download service.
Editor’s Note: Axis 360 does not support Kindle e-readers. Axis 360 was introduced in June 2011 at the American Library Association annual conference.
Source: Baker & Taylor
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