Baker & Taylor added Centraal Boekhuis to Blio

Update: A few days later Centraal Boekhuis announced that they had expanded into the iBookstore. (via From the press release:

Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, is pleased to announce at Frankfurt Book Fair that it has entered into an agreement with Centraal Boekhuis, the leading Dutch book distributor and wholesaler, to distribute Dutch and Flemish content via Blio, the world's most engaging and interactive ereader application.

Through its strategic relationship with K-NFB Reading Technology, creator and developer of Blio, Baker & Taylor is responsible for distributing digital media content via Blio and its vast worldwide distribution network. Together, Baker & Taylor and Centraal Boekhuis will obtain the rights from Dutch and Belgian publishers to convert Dutch and Flemish titles for digital distribution via Blio.

"Centraal Boekhuis is a valued customer of Baker & Taylor. We are delighted to enhance our existing relationship by collectively bringing new digital book content to the marketplace," said Bob Nelson, President of Baker & Taylor's Digital Group. "This partnership enables Centraal Boekhuis to offer new and exciting digital media services to their customers as well."

By leveraging strong relationships with the publishing community as well with its best-of-breed digital technology partners LibreDigital and K-NFB Reading Technology, Baker & Taylor is converting new content for Blio every day. With more than 41,000 customers in 120 countries, Baker & Taylor's global reach makes it the perfect partner to provide superior content management and distribution for the world's most innovative ereader application. Baker & Taylor continues to grow its vast array of products and services for the international marketplace.

"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," said Hans Willem Cortenraad, CEO at Centraal Boekhuis. "We are very pleased to be able to offer this breakthrough in e-reading to our publishers and Web shops."

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