Follett announces ebook partnership with Penguin Group

MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 13, 2014 –Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 17,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students from Penguin Group (USA).  Penguin is the fifth major book publisher to partner with Follett in the past six months, joining Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.

The Penguin collection is available now through Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search and ordering tool that provides access to more than 270,000 ebook titles to PreK-12 schools nationwide.

“This partnership allows Follett to continue its mission of supporting student learning by providing access to the best content and materials, whether print or digital,” said Tom Schenck, President and COO, Follett School Solutions. “Penguin’s publishing lists include hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors, which is why we are pleased to be able to offer this collection to our customers.”

Tim McCall, Penguin’s Vice President of Online Sales and Marketing, said, “Penguin is looking forward to making our catalog of ebooks available to Follett and to its school library customers.” Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House company, is a leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publisher.

Among Penguin’s popular PreK-12 titles available through Follett include, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “The Westing Game” by Ellen Rasking, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.

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 virtual bookshelf 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 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’s PreK-12 business, visit www.follettlearning.com.