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Baker & Taylor Sells Two Business Lines
Baker & Taylor( 02/23/2015 )

Baker & Taylor Sells Two Business Lines
—Move marks major refocusing for book distributor on core business and markets —

CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 20, 2015 —Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today the sale of two business divisions. YBP Library Services (YBP) has been acquired by EBSCO Publishing, Inc. Baker & Taylor Marketing Services' U.S.-based warehouse club business (BTMS US) and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group (BTPG) have been acquired by Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC. Terms were not disclosed.

YBP is a leading provider of collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries worldwide. BTMS US is a premier U.S. distributor of books to wholesale membership clubs. BTPG publishes books under three imprints – Silver Dolphin Books, Thunder Bay Press (also includes the literature series, Canterbury Classics) and Portable Press.

EBSCO Information Services, based in Ipswich, Mass., acquired YBP. EBSCO provides a complete research and data management platform to support the information and collection development needs of libraries and other institutions. EBSCO will acquire the YBP facility in Contoocook, NH. Baker & Taylor will continue to partner with EBSCO to serve the academic library market, primarily with physical book distribution services.

Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC (RDS), based in Oak Brook, Il., acquired BTMS US and BTPG. RDS is the largest full-service book distributor of hardcover, trade and paperback books to non-trade booksellers in North America. The sale includes BTMS US' distribution center in Indianapolis, general offices in San Diego and editorial offices in Ashland, Oregon. The acquisition does not include BTMS businesses in the U.K. or Mexico.

The sales transactions will be effective immediately and transitional and ongoing service agreements are in place. Baker & Taylor will continue servicing the markets for certain business functions including purchasing, distribution and reseller services.

"These transactions allow Baker & Taylor to focus on our core business and new opportunities within those businesses and markets," said George Coe, CEO of Baker & Taylor. "We are now better able to invest in innovative solutions, services and technologies that help our company maintain leadership in markets, specifically public library, K-12 classroom and school libraries, and retail booksellers."

Coe continued, "As we reinvest in our core competencies, it's reassuring to know that YBP and BTMS US/BTPG are partnered with the right industry leaders who share a strong commitment to the markets they serve and can take the businesses to the next level."

Since 1828, Baker & Taylor has been a top distributor of books, videos and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers, with more than 1 million unique products shipped annually. Additionally, the distributor provides digital services and collection platforms to K-12 and public libraries including Axis 360, Title Source, collectionHQ, KnowledgePoint and Bibliostat, to name a few.

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. For more information, please visit please visit

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to nearly 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

About ReaderLink Distribution Services, LLC
ReaderLink Distribution Service, LLC, is the largest full-service book distribution to non-trade booksellers in North America, selling approximately one out of every three trade books, and is a recognized leader in distribution logistics, value-added category management services, field services and business analytics. ReaderLink's solutions include full-service print book distribution, online print book distribution, print on demane and ebook fulfillment. ReaderLink is located in Oak Brook, Il. For more information, go to

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