Baker & Taylor, Proud Sponsor of Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America Award!

Best Small Library

Baker & Taylor is a proud sponsor of Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America Award. Library Journal’s annual award for the Best Small Library in America, was founded in 2005 to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of outstanding small libraries in the country. It honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less. This year’s winner is Madison County Public Libraries, in Madison NC.  The Madison County Public Libraries (MCPL) has fully engaged its community with partnerships, outreach, relationships, and top-notch professional service. The result is a rejuvenated three-branch system that is such an exemplary model, thus it being  as LJ’s 2018 Best Small Library in America.

Baker & Taylor has been committed to empowering librarians to lead the future of literacy and learning since 1828. Over the last 190 years we’ve been supporting our customer partners as the role of the community library has evolved. We know, regardless of community size, the library is one of the most valuable and needed community institutions.

Libraries that serve smaller and rural communities are innovators in reaching undeserved communities, creatively addressing literacy gaps and supporting community programs. Are you a small library? Baker & Taylor has resources especially for you! We are proud to offer products and services that help libraries across America, regardless of size.

Click here to learn how Baker & Taylor can help your library serve your community

 

Celebrate Audiobook Month!

June Audiobook

As we celebrate June being Audiobook Month, Axis 360 is here to happily serve as your audiobook solution. While summer calls for fun in the sun and other adventures on the horizon, an audiobook can be just what you need to unwind, enjoy vacation time, road trips, beach lounging and anything in between.  Now, you can read anywhere, without ever even turning a page. Just press play and listen wherever you are!

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Downloadable audiobooks are taking over. They’re the fastest-growing format in the book market, and circulating at an exponential pace in libraries—jumping 86 percent in circulation in the past year. More than 67 million Americans listen to audiobooks every year, and for good reason. Audiobooks are ideal for both avid readers who are always on the go and also new library patrons in search of a different way to read. Audio also promotes literacy growth within a community.

For three years, sales and circulation for downloadable audio have soared and they’re not showing any sign of slowing down. Consumer purchasing alone has grown more than 20 percent.

With audiobooks in such high demand, it’s no surprise that libraries across the country are making more and more available to their patrons through applications like Axis 360. With ebook and audiobook platforms like Axis 360, patrons can check out these popular book formats for free and listen on your phone, computer or tablet.

By offering downloadable audiobooks for your patrons, libraries foster a community of life-long readers. They may come for the audiobooks, but they’ll stay for the invaluable services libraries offer—for books and beyond.

Contact your Baker & Taylor representative for your audiobook solution today!

 

Statistics sourced from Library Journal and Audio Publishers Association.

New Year, New Book: Upcoming Releases We Can’t Wait to Read

From the looks of it, 2018 is going to be a great year for readers. To help stock your library’s shelves for the coming year, we’ve compiled a list of highly-anticipated books and when they’ll be released.

January

Carnegie’s Maid | Marie Benedict (Jan. 16)

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

Brave | Rose McGowan (Jan. 30)

BRAVE is McGowan’s raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

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This Year, Listen With Your Ears

It’s undeniable—there’s just something special about holding a physical book versus reading off a screen. But there’s also something especially remarkable about being able to read (or listen) wherever you are, whenever you want. A morning commute becomes an opportunity to listen to another chapter in the book you just can’t put down. Audiobooks have transformed the way we read and we, at Baker & Taylor, are embracing it fully.

Here are some of our favorite audiobooks this year…

Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward

This story is full of emotion from the beginning to the end.  It’s a story about a very hope and struggle, as well as giving us a glimpse of still living in the rural South.  I enjoyed the audiobook because it added additional feeling to each of the characters as they shared their stories. — Patti Logan, Pricing & Promotions Specialist

Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders

This experimental novel, loosely based on the son of Abraham Lincoln’s death, features so many characters that I found myself getting lost when reading it on the page. With the audiobook, though, I got to explore each character more deeply. As I got to know all the voices, I was hooked. Lincoln in the Bardo is truly a unique read that is only enhanced on audio. — Emma Way, eMarketing Specialist

 

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