Baker & Taylor announced an agreement at the Frankfurt Book Fair with Dutch wholesaler Centraal Boekhuis to distribute Dutch and Flemish digital content on Blio, the newly released digital reading software developed by technologist Ray Kurzweil and his firm, KNFB Reading Technology. Under the deal, B&T will supply English-language content to Centraal Boekhuis, while CB will supply Dutch and Flemish material to B&T.
B&T Digital Group president Bob Nelson, said. “This partnership enables Centraal Boekhuis to offer new and exciting digital media services to their customers.”
The deal also offers access to the Dutch and Flemish market for B&T clients. Centraal Boekhuis has more than 500 publisher-clients and serves more than 1,800 bookseller accounts. B&T and Centraal Boekhuis will work together to secure digital rights from Dutch and Belgian publishers to distribute their content through Blio.
Centraal Boekhuis CEO Hans Willem Cortenraad, said, “Blio finally brings multimedia to books. It is the best way to read cookbooks, travel guides and other richly illustrated non-fiction e-books. And it works on the devices people already own. We are very pleased to be able to offer this breakthrough in e-reading to our publishers and Web shops.”