The Baker & Taylor Axis 360 library platform has transcended from being a US exclusive and has now come to Canada. Starting today the platform will be available for schools and libraries via a new relationship with an established partner Whitehots.
Michael Bills, Director for Sales, Digital Products told Good e-Reader exclusively “Whitehots will be reselling the Axis 360 platform and services to Canadian customers, and is incorporating the Axis 360 content metadata into the Whitehots ordering tools so that customers will be able to order both print and digital together from a single supplier. This mirrors for Canadian customers the streamlined acquisitions process that B&T creates for its customers using Title Source for physical and digital collection development.”
He went on to elaborate “The current content available for Canadian libraries is well over 500,000 titles, including more than 30,000 digital audiobooks. We expect this will grow significantly as B&T and Whitehots work together to involve more digital suppliers.”
WhiteHots has been on the Canadian scene for the past 25 years. The company assists new and existing libraries set up the entire backend from the acquisition of titles to choosing a proper ILS system. One of the companies new focuses is assisting libraries in selecting a proper launch collection for digital books with their Intelligent Library Solutions program.
There is not many companies offering end to end eBook solutions in Canada. Overdrive has been in the market for a number of years and the 3M Cloud has entered the market in the last six months. The competitive advantage Axis 360 has is the ability to order print titles in addition to eBooks and audiobooks.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.