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Baker & Taylor Enhances Digital Delivery Capabilities to Academic Libraries
Baker & Taylor, Inc.( 03/13/2009 )

YBP Library Services to Distribute Gale eBooks

CHARLOTTE, NC / CONTOOCOOK, NH, March 13, 2009 -Baker & Taylor today announced a partnership between its subsidiary YBP Library Services and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, which enhances its digital platform in the Academic Library Marketplace. The partnership enables YBP customers to access the highly respected Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) eBook collection through YBP's GOBI™ acquisition system.

GVRL offers nearly 3,000 reference sources from some 50 authoritative publishers on a robust, easy-to-use platform. Libraries have the flexibility to buy one or multiple eBooks, search through a single eBook, or search across an entire eBook collection. The collection grows weekly and covers a wide variety of subject matter ranging from current events to classics, and from arts and humanities to small business management.

"Collaborating with Gale will help YBP Library Services fulfill its mission to deliver the most diverse and highest-quality content to academic libraries using any medium they choose," said George Coe, President of Library and Education at Baker & Taylor. "Our customers will benefit from greater selection and simplified ordering, along with the superior collection development and acquisitions tools they already know and love."

"Many have declared 2009 the 'Year of the eBook' due to its sudden surge in popularity," said Patrick C. Sommers, president of Gale. "This is the first time we've partnered to distribute eBooks. We're delighted this partnership will make it easier for our academic customers to order, revise, and renew their eBook subscriptions using YBP's easy ordering tools and extensive collection management, cataloguing and workflow services."

For more information about the agreement, contact Linda Gagnon at LGagnon@ybp.com or Linda Busse at linda.busse@cengage.com.

About Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor, Inc. (www.btol.com) is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music, games and services to libraries, educational institutions, and retailers. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company has been in existence for over 180 years, developing long-term relationships with major suppliers, including book publishers, movie studios, and music labels. Baker & Taylor maintains one of the largest combined in-stock book, video and music inventories in the United States, and services the broadest customer base in the industry. Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., a leading private equity investment firm.

About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, provides books and supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research, and special libraries in North America and around the world. GOBI (TM), YBP's online, interactive bibliographic information service, provides access to 2.0 million titles in an English-language database. YBP's corporate headquarters are in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Further information about the company is available on their web site, www.ybp.com.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs - from homework help to health questions to business profiles - in a variety of formats. Gale is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.com

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