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Baker & Taylor Enters Agreement with Information Age Publishing
Baker & Taylor, Inc( 04/07/2010 )

Baker & Taylor Enters Agreement with Information Age Publishing


- TextStream to provide print-on-demand services for leading academic publisher -

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - April 7, 2010 - Baker & Taylor Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today announced it has signed an agreement for its TextStream Digital Print Service to provide print-to-order services for influential academic publisher Information Age Publishing (IAP). IAP's entire backlist of more than 1,000 titles will be available for quick delivery to Baker & Taylor's worldwide network of customers.

"This agreement with Information Age, a top-notch academic publisher, marks the latest chapter in the growth of Baker & Taylor's TextStream services," said Tom Morgan, CEO of Baker & Taylor. "We are proud that IAP has chosen TextStream as a trusted provider of print-on-demand services."

Its deal with IAP is Baker & Taylor's latest step in expanding TextStream's reach in the publishing community. TextStream provides publishers with a full range of print-on-demand/print-to-order services and a wide variety of binding formats and trim sizes.

"IAP was an early adopter of print-on-demand, recognizing the cost savings inherent in ordering and printing books as it sells them, rather than warehousing inventory. We are pleased to partner with this publishing leader," said Larry Bennett, Vice President of Digital Print Media for Baker & Taylor.

Combined with Baker & Taylor's unparalleled reach - particularly into library channels, TextStream is especially advantageous to IAP and its authors, who are striving to get their books on academic library shelves one or a handful at a time. The vast majority of IAP sales to Baker & Taylor go through Baker & Taylor's academic unit, YBP Library Services.

"Working with Baker & Taylor's TextStream and YBP Library Services for print on demand was a logical decision, given the breadth and scope of their approval program, their leading market share in the academic library space and their expertise in the digital arena," said George Johnson, President and Publisher of IAP. "For a midsized company like IAP, Baker & Taylor's digital and print-on-demand services make this an important step in our growth in an increasingly competitive market." 

About Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor, Inc. (www.baker-taylor.com) is a global information and entertainment services company that offers print and digital books and entertainment products along with value-added services to libraries, educational institutions and retailers. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company has been in existence for more than 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., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan Inc., a leading private equity investment firm.

About Information Age Publishing

Founded in 1999 by George F. Johnson, Information Age Publishing (www.infoagepub.com)is a social science publisher of academic and scholarly book series and journals. IAP's goal is to develop a comprehensive list of book series, monographs and journals that break down and define specific niches that lack high-level research material in the fields of Education and Management. IAP products will be offered in both print and electronic formats where possible.

 

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