Major Digital Publisher Forms Children’s E-Book Partnership With Best-Selling Children’s Publisher

PRESS RELEASE:

Open Road Integrated Media Partners with Annick Press
to Publish Children’s Ebooks

Open Road Media to Digitally Publish and Market Thirty-four Titles,

Including Robert Munsch’s International Bestseller The Paper Bag Princess

Annick Press, innovative publisher of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, and Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company, announced today that they will publish thirty-four children’s ebooks, including Robert Munsch’s children’s classic The Paper Bag Princess, The Mole Sisters series by Roslyn Schwartz, and original picture books such as Red Is Best by Kathy Stinson.

The ebooks will be on sale this summer from Amazon.com, Apple iBookstore, BarnesandNoble.com, Google/IndieBound, Kobo Books, OverDrive, and the Sony Reader Store.

“Annick has enjoyed over thirty-five years of publishing success. Now, as we prepare to position our program for the future, we are thrilled to partner with Open Road Media,” says Rick Wilks, co-founder and director of Annick Press. “Perhaps the foremost challenge facing creators of books for youth is finding the paths to connect with today’s readers. We’re confident that a relationship with Open Road will forge such a connection, to the betterment of all who appreciate access to both their favorite titles and to making new discoveries.”

“Open Road is very excited about our new relationship with Annick Press,” said Open Road advisor Barbara Marcus. “Annick publishes timeless titles that we have long admired. Now with Open Road, these books will also be available as ebooks, which we are excited to distribute and market to a new audience of digital readers.”

The partnership with Annick Press furthers Open Road Media’s children’s strategy, which includes publishing partnerships with Kids Can Press and Albert Whitman & Company, as well as authors such as Virginia Hamilton, Jean Craighead George, and Bette Greene.

Upcoming titles include:

·         Picture books by Robert Munsch, such as The Paper Bag Princess, Pigs, and Mortimer

·         The Mole Sisters series, written and illustrated by Roslyn Schwartz

·         Original picture books including Red Is Best by Kathy Stinson and Together by Hazel Hutchins

About Annick Press
Founded in 1975 by Rick Wilks and Anne Millyard, Annick Press is an independent publisher of award-winning fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Annick publishes over twenty titles per annum, and is widely known for picture books by such popular authors as Robert Munsch, whose book The Paper Bag Princess has sold millions of copies around the world and continues to be a bestseller in fifteen languages. Annick strives to encourage critical thinking and the development of children’s inner resources so that, in addition to becoming confident, contributing members of their community, they also engage with society at large and their peers around the globe. Above all, Annick Press is passionate about publishing books that ignite a lifelong love of reading.

About Open Road Integrated Media
Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. Open Road has published ebooks from legendary authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, Jean Craighead George, Bette Greene, and Virginia Hamilton. Among its classic children’s properties are The Boxcar Children series, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and the Franklin the Turtle series.

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