Press Release: HarperCollins Publishers Signs Digital Audio Distribution Agreement with hoopla digital
HOLLAND, Ohio — March 23, 2016 — hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com), a service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to dynamic digital content, today announced a new agreement with HarperCollins Publishers to add thousands of award-winning audiobook titles and acclaimed authors to hoopla's app and online service. Library patrons will now have access to HarperCollins Publishers' entire digital audiobook backlist catalog, including titles from HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Harlequin, via their smartphones, tablets and computers.
Bestsellers from HarperCollins such as The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom broaden hoopla digital's catalog of more than 450,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, ebooks, audiobooks and comics.
"We are thrilled to secure this agreement with HarperCollins and excited to expand our audiobook catalog with thousands of popular and award-winning titles which are all available to cardholders 24/7, without any holds or waits," said Jeff Jankowski, founder and owner of hoopla digital. "Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in publishing to date, with high demand from libraries and their patrons, and we will continue to make a significant investment to assemble a deep offering of titles for cardholders to enjoy anywhere, anytime."
The HarperCollins Publishers catalog contains an extensive variety of fiction, children's, faith-based and non-fiction content that appeals to library patrons from all walks of life. Imprints represented include Harper Teen, William Morrow, Avon, Walden Pond Press, Nelson Books, Amistad, Zondervan, Harlequin Teen, and many more.
"We want the broadest possible distribution for our authors' works and are excited to partner with hoopla to expand our audiobook offering for libraries," said Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer and EVP, International, HarperCollins Publishers. "There's been a terrific response to digital audio from library patrons and this agreement enables libraries to try a different approach to purchasing."
There is no waiting to borrow titles on hoopla digital since on-demand content can be enjoyed by multiple patrons simultaneously. Patrons who use hoopla digital also avoid library late fees as digital content borrowing periods simply expire without charges.
hoopla digital has partnerships with more than 950 public library systems across North America including Boston Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, Chicago Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and Edmonton Public Library.
To begin accessing audiobook titles from HarperCollins Publishers, library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com. New audiobooks will be added to the service monthly. The service is only available to patrons of participating public libraries.
About hoopla digital
hoopla digital is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, ebooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital's mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 25 years.