Baker & Taylor, a supplier of books, videos, music and services to public, school and academic libraries, has entered into a agreement with matterCast Inc., a provider of eContent distribution products, solutions and services, for the continued development and evolution of “ED”, Baker & Taylor’s eBook delivery and management solution.

With this agreement, matterCast says it will apply its experience in architecting, designing and developing eContent distribution solutions towards the development of Baker & Taylor’s ED System. MatterCast will develop a set of tools and solutions that provide cost benefits to Baker & Taylor, its publishers and participating libraries for the deployment and management of their eBook collections. In addition, matterCast will continue to develop and evolve the ED System in an attempt to deliver a compelling online library experience.

MatterCast President Ranjiv Sharma says: “With this agreement, we combine Baker & Taylor’s market vision for a large scale eBook distribution system, with matterCast’s experience and expertise in automating the eContent supply chain, to build a full featured, web-based system. I am sure that libraries and their patrons will find E to be extremely engaging and easy to use.”

In business over 170 years, Baker & Taylor is headquartered in Charlotte. It handles all of the technology for ED and hosts the library’s eBooks from its servers, providing the stability and security of an established leader in the library market. ED supports a growing number of eBook collections, with an emphasis on new materials from leading academic and trade publishers in key subject areas.

RTP-based matterCast is a provider of products, services and solutions for the distribution and management of digital content. Its services include consulting, planning, design and development to help customers identify and achieve their strategic digital distribution objectives including content handling and management, metadata management, digital rights management, content syndication and channel management.

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