Baker & Taylor, Penguin Partner on Library eBook Pilot Program

        Baker & Taylor, Penguin Partner on Library eBook Pilot Program

- Los Angeles Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library participating
with Penguin Group (USA) to provide econtent via Baker & Taylor's Axis 360
digital media library -

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 27, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov.27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Baker & Taylor, the world's
largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products,
today announced that it is partnering with Penguin Group on a pilot program
that will re-introduce Penguin ebooks into selected libraries.

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During the pilot program, Penguin's ebooks will be made available to Los
Angeles Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library via Baker & Taylor's
Axis 360 digital media library platform. Baker & Taylor serves more than
28,000 public, K-12 school and academic libraries in the United States and

"With deep roots in the library market and longstanding relationships with
Penguin and other leading publishers, Baker & Taylor is a natural fit to work
on this exciting project," said George Coe, President of Baker & Taylor's
Library & Education division. "We are hopeful that this program will prove
successful so that more of our library customers can offer this tremendous
Penguin content to their patrons."

Tim McCall, Penguin's Vice President of Online Sales and Marketing, said:
"Penguin is excited to be partnering with Baker & Taylor to expand our library
ebook lending pilot program.Millions of additional library patrons will soon
be able to access ebooks published by Penguin. We have always been committed
to libraries and initiating this phase of the pilot supports our shared goal
of bringing great writers to new readers."

City Librarian John F. Szabo of the Los Angeles Public Library said: "eBook
borrowing at the Los Angeles Public Library has more than doubled every year
for the past three years. We are pleased to expand our collection of ebooks to
meet the tremendous demand from library users."

This ebook pilot by Baker & Taylor and Penguin Group represents the logical
evolution of a longstanding partnership between the two companies in serving
the library and education channels. Baker & Taylor expects to continue its
pioneering work with publishers, making an ever-expanding range of digital
materials available to libraries.

About Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor, Inc. ( is the world's largest distributor
of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company 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. 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.

About Penguin Group

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned
Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and
children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and
trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press,
Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books,
Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap,
Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (
is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

About Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library ( serves the largest urban
population of any library in the country. Its Central Library, 72 branch
libraries, more than six million books, and state-of-the-art technology
provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity
for life-long learning.

About Cuyahoga County Public Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library ranks as one of the nation's very best public
library systems and has the highest per capita circulation. The Library's
mission is to be at the center of community life by providing an environment
where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive. For further
information, visit

SOURCE Baker & Taylor

Contact: Baker & Taylor, Kimberly Kuo, +1-704-998-3118,; or Penguin Group (USA), Erica Glass,
+1-212-366-2951,; or Los Angeles Public
Library, Peter Persic, Public Relations & Marketing Director, +1-213-228-7555,; or Cuyahoga County Public Library, Hallie Rich, Marketing &
Communications Director, +1-216-749-9512,
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