The series of deals are moves on the part of publishers to capitalize on what they see to be a sizable opportunity to sell ebooks to schools as classrooms and school libraries go digital. Follett is competing with several other content distributors to be the leading player in this market.
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Follett’s Expands PreK-12 ebook Offerings with Macmillan Partnership
Follett today announced a partnership with Macmillan Publishers to distribute Macmillan’s collection of popular ebook titles for PreK-12 students. The collection adds to the more than 250,000 ebook titles currently available through Titlewave, Follett’s powerful collection development, search and ordering tool.
The Macmillan collection includes many recent popular and award winning PreK-12 titles, such as “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle and “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos. Other well-known titles now available through Follett include, “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt; “Joey Pigza Loses Control” by Jack Gantos; “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer; “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town” by Kimberly Willis Holt; “Twice Toward Justice” by Claudette Colvin; and “Breaking Stalin’s Nose” by Eugene Yelchin.
“We continue to seek and secure partnerships with the world’s top publishers to support learning in today’s schools,” said Todd Litzsinger, president, Follett’s Content Solutions and Services. “Macmillan’s collection of classics and popular new titles provide opportunities for educators to help engage students in reading and provide them with valuable real-life lessons.”
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company that publishes a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. PreK-12 ebook collections from Random House, Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster are also available from Follett.
With books increasingly moving to digital formats, Follett has been at the forefront of the transition with tools and solutions that help customers access and integrate the new forms of content within schools. Follett Shelf® is the digital shelf most used by schools to access ebooks, while Follett Enlight provides students with a consistent and easy-to-use ebook reading environment on their desktops, tablets and smartphones, and allows users to add notes and highlights to an ebook and then view them anywhere they have access to their Follett Shelf account. Today, more than 29 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use ebooks provided by Follett.
To learn more about Follett PreK-12 products and services, visit www.follettlearning.com.
About Follett Corporation
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.