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Carmen Sandiego Returns: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Character's First-Ever IOS App
November 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

NEW YORK—November 19, 2015—Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the return of the iconic Carmen Sandiego brand, with the first-ever app for iPad and iPhone. The launch of Carmen Sandiego Returns also marks the 30th anniversary of the mysterious character, adored by millions of children and nostalgic adults alike. Featuring a glamorous…

Subscription Services Strike Back
October 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Despite Oyster’s recent closure, subscription models are far from dead. On Wednesday, two companies announced new multimedia subscription platforms. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shared news of its Curious World platform, a subscription service that provides interactive learning to children through ebooks, videos, and games. Disney too made headlines with the launch of its DisneyLife platform, a…

Press Release: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious World, an Interactive Content Service
October 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm

NEW YORK—October 21, 2015—Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a leading provider of pre-K-12 education content, services, and technology solutions, announced today the launch of Curious World™, an interactive content service that offers an expanding collection of games, videos, and eBooks mapped to key early learning areas. Available initially as an app for iPad®…

Houghton Mifflin Launches ‘Netflix for Learning’
October 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. said Wednesday it is launching its Curious World website and updated app, which includes educational videos, games, and ebooks for kids between the ages of 3 and 7. The Boston-based publisher first introduced Curious World in November 2014 with a “simple app” that was free to download and included in-app purchases,…

Houghton Mifflin Writes a New Future for Itself
September 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Linda Zecher wants to put Carmen Sandiego and Curious George to work. Zecher, the chief executive at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co., is pushing the Boston textbook publisher beyond the classroom and into people’s homes by mining a treasure trove of curious monkeys, hairy-toed hobbits, and other characters from the company’s small, but venerable trade book…

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reports Higher Sales, But a Larger Loss, As Well
May 7, 2015

Linda K. Zecher, HMH's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We began 2015 on solid footing as we executed against our growth strategy. We remain the clear leader within K-12 adoption school districts thus far in 2015 and have continued to build momentum in key growth areas. As recently announced, we believe our planned acquisition of the EdTech business of Scholastic will enhance our ability to drive value for our shareholders by strengthening our core business and accelerating growth in adjacent markets.

Press Release: Children's Ebook Sales Surge in 2014 in Public Libraries and Schools Through OverDrive
January 15, 2015

OverDrive, the leading sales channel for eBooks, audiobooks, and other premium media to libraries and schools, announced today that library spending on children's, juvenile, and young adult eBooks in 2014 grew by 48% over 2013. Helping drive this dramatic growth was OverDrive's 2014 launch of narrated eBooks and highly-illustrated best-selling children's titles using open industry-standard EPUB3 and OverDrive Read

Scribd adds Ebook Titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
December 12, 2014

The eBook subscription service Scribd today announced that it would be adding over a thousand new titles to its offerings through the addition of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to its line-up.

"At long last, we're thrilled to welcome Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Scribd," the company announced on its website. "They've long been one of our favorite publishers, with a long history of publishing books from some of the most beloved and celebrated writers of all time, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Robert Penn Warren, Umberto Eco

As Book Prices Drop, Big Publishers Push Into Software and EdTech
August 6, 2014

Don't look now, but textbook publishers are trying to become software companies. And tech startups are trying to outmaneuver these giants to win the future of educational content and tools. It's one of the big trends in edtech and digital media.

Indeed, digital publishing has "fundamentally changed every aspect of what we are doing with our content," says Michael Hansen, the CEO of Cengage Learning, an education publisher that recently moved headquarters from Connecticut to Boston, while also opening a new office in techie-rich San Francisco.