Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 library is now available through Blackboard’s digital content platform, Blackboard Learn. That means more titles for Blackboard users and greater reach for Baker & Taylor’s distribution.
K-12 students whose schools currently provide access to Axis 360 can borrow ebooks and audio books from Baker & Taylor’s library. That service will now be offered via Blackboard Learn, making those titles available to users of that system, too.
By most accounts, the pace at which educational content is going digital is accelerating. The new deal adds to that trend and aims to smooth the transition for students and instructors by expanding discoverability.
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