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Baker & Taylor Announces Key Technology Partnerships for eContent Library Service
Baker & Taylor, Inc.( 09/25/2000 )

Baker & Taylor announced the selection of two key technology partners by Informata.com, its business-to-business e-commerce venture. Baker & Taylor will utilize the services of Informata.com to support Baker & Taylor's digital content distribution service to the public and academic library markets.

Informata.com will incorporate technologies and products from ibooks.com (www.ibooks.com), a leading provider of customized solutions for online eBook access and viewing, and DigitalOwl (www.digitalowl.com), a leader in the secure digital packaging, marketing and syndication of premium information content in developing its product offerings. Baker & Taylor will use Informata.com to develop and deliver e-book selections.

This announcement confirms Baker & Taylor's long-time position as the leader in innovation in meeting the needs of its library and other customers.

"Libraries are searching for ways to better utilize the Internet to expand and enhance their business," said Craig Richards, President & CEO of Baker & Taylor and Informata.com. "Baker & Taylor's extensive history in support of library customers provides us tremendous insight into the requirements of this market. The integration with these leading-edge technology companies will enable us to provide our customers with the seamless solution they have been asking for from a company they have grown to trust."

Baker & Taylor's offering is being designed to provide library customers access to premium collections of eBooks from premiere book publishers. Informata.com will utilize ibooks.com to support this new service, beginning with its on-line collection of more than 1,400 IT reference books. Libraries with a limited selection of hard cover reference books will now be able to offer instant access to one of the world's largest online resources of technical titles.

Informata.com's use of DigitalOwl's patent-pending KineticEdge‘ software allows Baker & Taylor to provide library patrons with the opportunity to search, access and use collections online and, with its secure and simple check-out process, download books for viewing on Palm and other PDA devices. The service will offer libraries new usage models for eBook content, including pay-per-view, patron purchase, annual subscription, and automatic timeout/renewal.

"Most observers and participants in the emerging eBook marketplace agree that immense value can be added to reference books by making them available online in electronic form," said Sean Devine, vice president of business development at ibooks.com. "We are pleased to be involved in such a significant partnership that fulfills the promise of eBooks to the market."

"Our focus has been on delivering a superior consumer experience for accessing, acquiring, and viewing digital content on a variety of computer, handheld and wireless devices" said Kirstie Chadwick, CEO & President of DigitalOwl. "Our selection by Informata.com and Baker & Taylor allows us to extend this focus to libraries, a rapidly growing segment of the digital content market."

The eBook Library service will be available January 2001 through Informata.com (www.informata.com), the independent e-business unit of Baker & Taylor.

About Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor, Inc., based in Charlotte, N.C., is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music and services to libraries, traditional and Internet retailers and educational institutions.

About Informata.com

Informata.com is Baker & Taylor's business-to-business e-commerce venture that distributes electronic content, licenses database services and applications and creates Internet Portals, including theLibraryPlace.com, that host services tailored to target customers such as libraries, educational institutions and traditional and Internet retailers.

About ibooks.com, Inc.

Founded in April 1999, ibooks.com, Inc. is the leading provider of customized solutions to publish, distribute, and use electronic reference books and material on line. ibooks.com assists publishers, corporations, distributors and booksellers to enable their customers to search, browse, evaluate and use electronic reference books and material securely over the World Wide Web. The company is privately held with $34 million in funding from Austin Ventures, Dell Computer Corporation and TL Ventures among other venture capital firms and private investors. ibooks.com is headquartered in Austin, TX and employs more than 100 people. For more information, call 512-478-2700 or visit the company's Web site at www.ibooks.com.

About DigitalOwl

Founded in August 1999, DigitalOwl enables content publishers to deliver high-value digital content on demand through a series of direct and syndication retail channels. DigitalOwl is based in Winter Park, Florida, and is primarily funded by Draper Atlantic, the East Coast affiliate of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley leader in startup venture capital. Visit the DigitalOwl Web site at http://www.digitalowl.com

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