June 26, 2014 -- Toronto, ON. BiblioCommons Inc. announces expanded eBook integration for public libraries to include eBook titles from OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 within the BiblioCore catalog.
Working with Seattle Public Library, Boston Public Library, and New York Public Library, BiblioCommons became the first public catalog vendor to fully integrate eBooks to allow discovery, checkout, and management of holds all from within the catalog. The ground-breaking integration went live in January of 2012.
Over the last two years, BiblioCommons has worked with new APIs from eBook providers OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Baker & Taylor to support the goals of the ReadersFirst initiative and to provide seamless access to find, check-out, manage holds, and download eBooks alongside print titles.
"Our customers in both the US and Canada have been very pleased with the integration between 3M and BiblioCommons," said Tom Mercer, Business Manager 3M Cloud Library. "The seamless integration into the catalog coupled with our intuitive apps create more engaged users of digital content for our library customers."
Library patrons using the BiblioCore catalog can now enjoy full catalog API-level integration with OverDrive, 3M Cloud and most recently Baker & Taylor's Axis 360.
"We are excited to partner with BiblioCommons on integrating Axis 360 into their discovery layer," said George Coe, Baker & Taylor's President and CEO. "This integration is another step towards Baker &
Taylor's goal of ensuring all Axis 360 libraries can offer streamlined and easy access to their patrons."
"Our libraries' vision of interoperable eBook services, as outlined through ReadersFirst, gave us our direction," said Patrick Kennedy, President of BiblioCommons. "BiblioCommons was pleased to collaborate with eBook vendors in this important step towards realizing this goal."
The eBook integration is available at no additional cost for any library currently using the BiblioCore catalog.
About The 3M Cloud Library
The global leader in library innovation for more than 40 years, 3M is committed to helping libraries connect with the diverse and rapidly evolving communities they serve. 3M's digital lending, security, and productivity solutions give librarians the flexibility to spend more time doing what they do best Ė helping people. Visit www.3M.com/us/library and follow us on Twitter (@3MLibrary) and Facebook.
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Charlotte, N.C.-based 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.
OverDrive is the leading global digital distribution platform, supplying the industry's largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, music and streaming video to 30,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. With the top rated eBook & audiobook app for libraries and schools and OverDrive Read, the EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, we support all major computers and devices, including iOS, Android and Kindle (U.S. only). OverDrive delivers all digital media on a single platform, and offers APIs to streamline a seamless user experience. Recent innovations include in-library touchscreen stations for browsing and instant sampling, multi-lingual user interface, and eReading Rooms for kids and teens. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com.
BiblioCommons first started as a non-profit youth literacy initiative and now provides online solutions to public libraries worldwide. The BiblioCore catalog service replaces all search and account management functionality of the traditional web catalog, works on top of existing Integrated Library Systems (ILSs), integrates seamlessly with the library's branding and website navigation, and delivers a robust social discovery experience. In addition to a full suite of complementary services, BiblioCommons recently released BiblioCMS, a complete solution for content and website management. Details on all services are at: www.bibliocommons.com/products.