Baker & Taylor partners with Gale/Cengage to sell eBooks

Received a press release from Gale/Cengage today. Baker and Taylor will now distribute the GVRL e-book collection, Lit Crit, and the Directory Library.  B&T is the first wholesaler to sell GVRL.  See the full press release below.

Baker & Taylor Partners with Gale to Distribute Elite e-Books
– Pair Brings Gale Virtual Reference Library to Academic and Public Libraries –
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 29, 2009 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest
distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, and Gale, part of
Cengage Learning, are proud to announce their partnership to distribute the highly
regarded Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) e-book collection. Baker & Taylor, the
first wholesaler to sell the GVRL platform, will distribute GVRL – including Literature
Criticism Online and Gale Directory Library – in the academic and public library markets.
“This partnership continues our long-term strategic initiative to provide our customers with
the content they need in the format of their choice,” said George Coe, President of
Library & Education at Baker & Taylor. “Our collaboration with Gale offers our academic
and public library customers the perfect combination of the most respected and highestquality
content available and the best value-added services in the marketplace.”
Patrick C. Sommers, President, Gale, said: “The demand for books and resources in an
electronic format continues to grow, and we are pleased to be in a position to meet that
demand. This partnership means we can expand distribution, while allowing academic
and public libraries to order, revise and renew their subscriptions, using Baker & Taylor’s
leading library collection management services.”
GVRL offers nearly 3,000 reference sources from some 50 authoritative publishers on a
stable, easy-to-use platform. Libraries have the flexibility to buy one e-book or multiple ebooks
and to search across a single e-book or an entire e-book collection. The collection
grows weekly and covers a wide variety of topics and subjects — ranging from current
events to classics and from arts and humanities to small business management.
Literature Criticism Online brings together 10 of the most acclaimed literary series
representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across
regions, eras and genres. Gale Directory Library is an online collection of crosssearchable,
authoritative directories of companies, publishers, associations and more.
Public and academic libraries can purchase GVRL products from Baker & Taylor’s unique
and comprehensive Title Source TM 3 ordering system. Academic and public library
customers may also continue to purchase GVRL products from their Gale
representative. The new partnership simply expands customers’ options for ordering and
allows customers to take advantage of the numerous services Baker & Taylor provides.

About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. ( 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 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, go to
Media Contacts:
Baker & Taylor
Amy Baldwin
Communications Manager
Gale, part of Cengage Learning
Linda Busse
Director, Corporate Communications
Corporate Offices:
Baker & Taylor
2550West Tyvola Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28217
Gale, part of Cengage Learning
27500 Drake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48331