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Baker & Taylor Announces Next Phase of TextStream Digital Print Strategy
Baker & Taylor( 01/18/2011 )



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jan. 18, 2011 - Baker & Taylor Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today announced a non-binding  agreement in principle with SCI I, LLC, a member of the Command Web Group of companies, an industry leader among U.S. book manufacturers. The agreement calls for the build-out of a state-of-the-art digital print facility, featuring inkjet technology, at Baker & Taylor's Bridgewater, N.J. service center. This move complements Baker & Taylor's partnership with RR Donnelley, which covers trade book publishers and the fast-growing self-publishing market.

"This agreement advances our mission to offer the industry's most comprehensive package of physical and digital services for academic publishers and libraries," said David Cully, President of Retail Markets and Executive Vice President of Merchandising/ Digital Media Services for Baker & Taylor. "Working with our publishing partners, we will provide faster service on an even broader range of titles."

Baker & Taylor's Larry Bennett, Vice President of Digital Print Media, added: "Our Bridgewater print facility, with its inline finishing capability, will be one of the most efficient, productive and flexible digital printing plants in the U.S. Working with the Command Web Group of companies, we intend to build an unparalleled offering for our academic publishing partners. Our new digital print platform is envisioned to enable a complete book printing solution for academic publishers - from one-offs to competitively priced short-run digital solutions."

"Partnering with Baker & Taylor is a natural evolution of our business" said Andy Merson, Chairman of Command Web. "This type of vertical collaboration between two industry leaders provides supply chain efficiencies at a time when many publishers are looking for every advantage in this challenging, changing environment."

This agreement in principle is subject to the final negotiation and execution of definitive binding agreements and to third party approvals.


FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This POD strategic communication contains "forward-looking statements", as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance, or achievements, and may contain the words "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "estimate" "intend", "envision", or words or phrases with similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, factors outside of Baker & Taylor's control, which may cause its business, strategy, or actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, among other things,  Baker & Taylor's ability to negotiate and finalize definitive binding agreements for the proposed joint venture described in this POD strategic communication and to manage and obtain the benefits of the joint venture's activities.

About Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor Inc. (www.baker-taylor.com) is the world's largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company leverages its unsurpassed worldwide distribution network to deliver rich content in multiple formats, anytime and anywhere. Baker & Taylor 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. Baker & Taylor is proud to power Blio (blioreader.com), the world's most flexible, engaging and revolutionary e-reading application. 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.

Baker & Taylor and the Baker & Taylor logo are trademarks of Baker & Taylor Inc. Blio is a trademark of K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. Other company and product names mentioned for identification purposes may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About the Command Web Group of Companies
The Command Web Group of companies is privately held with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience. Through five U.S.-based facilities, including Command Web Offset and Strategic Content Imaging, the Command Web Group of companies provide print media solutions for trade and educational publishers, financial services companies, the healthcare and manufacturing industries. Command Web Offset Co. (www.commandweb.com) is ranked as one of the 45 largest print media companies in North America and is a national leader in the book manufacturing industry. Strategic Content Imaging, Inc. (http://www.sciimage.com) specializes in print-on-demand books, variable data, color, black & white digital printing, warehousing, pick & pack and web-to-print applications.

Media Contact:
Baker & Taylor
Amy Baldwin George, Communications Manager
704-998-3136
amy.baldwin@baker-taylor.com

 

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