Great news from Baker & Taylor about a new app (iOS and Android) for direct download of titles to tablet devices. axisReader is another option for Axis patrons and provides ereading solely for EPUB and PDF formats. When patrons use Axis 360, they can choose between B&T’s blio reader or axisReader depending on the format they are downloading. Here’s more from the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2013 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully-accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users. Continue reading
It seems as though OverDrive and 3M garner all of the attention when it comes to ebooks for the public library market. So, it’s nice to see Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 in the news this week. Library Journal’s Mike Kelley wrote a fabulously detailed article about the service titled, “With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market.” He provides an overview of the digital media platform, Axis 360 and a glimpse of their reader, blio. It’s definitely worth a look, particularly for small libraries with limited funds for ebooks.
I had the chance to speak with Michael Bills, Director of Sales for Digital Products at Baker & Taylor about Axis 360 and Blio a few months ago. Our audio interview is available as part of the NSR interviews series. Have a listen.
Last week I interviewed Michael Bills, Director for Sales, Digital Products, from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio. Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader.
For more information on blio, visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm
Michaels interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.
The Blio reader is now available for android devices. The download is not yet listed on the blio site, I picked this one up via an email message.
Springer, who has existing eRetail partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and others, announced this week the addition of the Google eBookstore for Springer eBook titles.
From their press release: Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Google’s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year.
Springer eBooks are also available on Amazon for the Kindle, and in the near future Barnes & Noble for the NookStudy.com platform, Kobo Books, B&T BLIO, Entourage and Apple’s iBooks, which is now receiving books in the free and open ebook format ePub. Springer will soon also deliver books in ePub format to Amazon for the Kindle. Continue reading
Great post in the Idea Logical Blog about 3 new eBook platforms – Google Editions, blio, and Copia. The author, Mike Shatzkin, discusses each of the readers angles, pricing, content, and challenges. Shatzkin’s final take, “So I think we can expect a multi-player ebook market, with some incompatible formats and a lot of incompatible DRM for some years to come. And the players currently in the game can expect their sales to go up but their market share to go down when the three new entrants join the fray this fall. That much seems certain, but very little else does.”
hat tip to @buffyjhamilton for the tweet
Really interesting lists of eBook and eReader trends on the Kindle Review blog (posted March 5th). Some of the things I was happy to see on the list include:
- Multi Purpose Devices vs. Dedicated Readers – Will the dedicated readers be able to survive?
- Rise of ePUB
- DRM – is it possible we rid of it? ….unfortunately that is followed up by Is it possible it becomes more onerous and widespread? Clearly this is a trend that can go either direction.
- Rise of eTextbooks
- Arrival of Textbook Readers (Entourage eDGe or Kindle DX 2?)
One thing I saw that concerns me -
Libraries and the Kindle – Libraries are flocking to eReaders and eBooks in general and the Kindle in particular.
I hope libraries are looking at the bigger/broader picture of eBooks as well. I’d hate to see everyone latching on to the Kindle when there are so many new multi-purpose devices coming on the market that allow much more flexibility in eBook downloads/reading. (Ibis, Blio, Kobo are examples, but not all will work with libraries….yet. OverDrive is also branching out into DRM free EPUB and PDF for viewing on multiple devices)
The February 2010 issue of Aptara Context offers reviews of several ebook readers on the market such as blio, EnTourage’s eDGe, Skiff, and the Que.