Hachette has struck a deal with educational material distributor Follett to sell its ebook content into school libraries.
It’s the second such deal with a major publisher that Follett has signed in August. Penguin Random House’s Random House division* has also signed on for school library distribution. For years, major trade houses have been trying to figure out effective ways to sell into the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school library market and it seems like Follett may be stepping in to fill the void.
Related: Random House Partners With Follett
* An earlier version of this story had that Penguin Random House had such a deal with Follett. Only PRH division Random House does at this point. The Penguin side does not.
Follett and Hachette Book Group Partner to Distribute Children’s Ebooks
Agreement Expands Follett’s Leading Position in Ebook Content and Technology for Schools
Follett today announced a partnership with U.S. trade publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG) to provide preK-12 school libraries and students expanded access to popular children’s titles in an ebook lending format for the 2013-2014 school year.
Ebook offerings published under HBG’s Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint include noteworthy books such as the Ninth Ward (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Award) and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (National Book Award Winner). “Our goal is to have authors’ work available to schools and students as technologies and reading habits evolve, and this partnership with Follett helps us in this effort,” said Evan Schnittman, HBG’s EVP, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer.
HBG’s wide array of titles are available for purchase on Titlewave®, Follett’s powerful collection development, search and ordering tool. With the new HBG partnership, Follett now offers more than 190,000 ebook titles through Titlewave.
“As one of Follett’s largest partners, HBG offers a wide variety of quality ebook titles that customers can circulate to students for as long as needed to support the school’s educational needs,” said Todd Litzsinger, President of Follett’s Content Solutions and Services. “The addition of HBG’s ebook titles reflects our mission of helping educators engage students with content and technology that drives learning outcomes.” The HBG announcement marks Follett’s second trade publisher ebook partnership so far this summer; Follett and Random House entered into a similar ebook distribution agreement in June.
With books increasingly moving to digital formats, Follett has been at the forefront of the transition with tools and solutions that help customers access, adapt and integrate the new forms of content within the school library and classroom environments. For example, FollettShelf® is the digital shelf most used by schools to access ebooks, and the Follett Digital Reader™ provides students with a consistent and easy-to-use ebook reading environment on their desktops, tablets and smartphones. Today, 28 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use ebooks provided by Follett.
To learn more about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.
About Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, Hachette Nashville, and Hachette Digital.
About Follett’s K-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
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.
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