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Eisner Award-Winning Comics on hoopla

Named for late writer and artist Will Eisner, the Eisner Awards have honored each year’s best in comics and graphic novels since 1988. Last week at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the 2017 edition of the awards ceremony took place. Saga was the night’s big winner with four awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer (Brian K. Vaughan), and Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Artist (Fiona Staples). All seven volumes of Saga are available on hoopla for patrons to relive or discover for the first time.

But that’s not all. We’ve put together a collection of all this year’s Eisner Award-winning titles that are available on hoopla. Along with Saga, those titles include:

Clean Room: Best Lettering (Todd Klein)

Cry Havoc: Best Coloring (Matt Wilson)

Dark Night: Best Lettering (Todd Klein)

Jughead: Best Humor

Love Is Love: Best Anthology

Paper Girls: Best Writer (Brian K. Vaughan)

We Stand on Guard: from Eisner Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan

The Wicked + the Divine: Best Coloring (Matt Wilson)

Even if your library has a physical comics collection, these popular titles are sure to be checked out more often than not. Make sure your comics-loving patrons know about hoopla’s extensive collection, containing these titles and much, much more, available 24/7 with no holds!

hoopla digital Inks Expanded Content Agreement with HarperCollins Publishers

Category-creating digital service for public libraries expands eBook catalog with thousands of award-winning titles from HarperCollins

HOLLAND, OH (June 22, 2017) – hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com), the category-creating digital service for public libraries, today announced a new, expanded agreement with HarperCollins Publishers to add more than 15,000 award-winning eBooks to hoopla’s dynamic collection, available July 5. With this content agreement, patrons of participating libraries will have access to the HarperCollins global English Language catalog of acclaimed authors – which includes titles from HarperCollins Christian Publishing, HarperCollins UK and Harlequin – via hoopla digital’s app and online service.

This agreement expands on a deal last year that brought HarperCollins Publishers’ entire digital audiobook backlist catalog to hoopla’s collection. The new deal adds the deep backlist works of bestselling HarperCollins authors Neil Gaiman, Louise Erdrich and Dennis Lehane to hoopla digital’s catalog of more than 600,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics. Patrons of libraries who partner with hoopla digital can access this dynamic content anytime on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

"We are thrilled to expand our successful partnership with HarperCollins and excited to build our eBook catalog with thousands of popular and award-winning titles from their iconic authors. On hoopla digital, these titles are available anytime, anywhere without any holds or waits," said Jeff Jankowski, co-founder and owner of hoopla digital.  “eBooks is one of our strongest growth areas 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 the libraries we serve.”

hoopla now offers a catalog of eBook and audiobook titles across a broad spectrum of adult and children’s genres, including romance, thriller, literary fiction, self-help, Christian living and non-fiction content.

"HarperCollins has enjoyed the additional discovery achieved through hoopla libraries and their patrons with regard to HarperCollins audiobooks," said Adam Silverman, Senior Director, Digital Business Development. "We look forward to building on our success with this expanded agreement."

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 1,500 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 access eBook and audiobook titles from HarperCollins Publishers, cardholders of participating libraries can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com.

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 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and more. 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 www.hoopladigital.com. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 25 years.

For more information, please contact 800-875-2785 (US) or 866-698-2231 (Canada).

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corpand can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

Come See Us at ALA in Chicago

The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is on the horizon, taking place in Chicago June 22-27. We’ve made our travel plans, and we’re looking forward to connecting with our many library partners. So come see us! You can get all the latest information on Midwest Tape, hoopla digital, and Dreamscape Media at Booth #4420. Our booth hours are as follows:

Friday, June 23:                 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, June 24            9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, June 25               9:00am – 5:00pm

Monday, June 26             9:00am – 2:00pm

We’ll have a few special guests making appearances at our booth as well. Stop by and have a book signed!

Sarah Beth Durst has written several novels for young adults, and burst onto the adult fantasy fiction scene in 2016 with The Queen of Blood, winner of a 2017 Alex Award from ALA/YALSA. The second book in the Queens of Renthia series, The Reluctant Queen, will be released on July 4. She will be at our booth on Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00pm.

Shea Fontana has written for the animated children’s TV show Doc McStuffins and the movie Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York, among many others. One other project she’s been involved with is DC Super Hero Girls, and her latest outing is the graphic novel Summer Olympus, featuring Wonder Woman! You’ll find her at our booth on Sunday from 10:00 to 11:00am.

Kate White is a bestselling author of mystery and thriller novels whose most recent release, The Secrets You Keep, released in March of this year. This fall she’ll release Even if It Kills Her, the first new installment in her popular Bailey Weggins mystery series in five years. She will be at our booth on Sunday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Dates and times for these author appearances are subject to change, so be sure to stop by our booth ahead of time to make sure they still hold. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Go Set a Watchman - NOW on hoopla!!

Go Set a Watchman

Did everyone check their inbox today?!

I cannot say enough great things about the work of our content team and our growing relationships with our publishers!

Go Set a Watchman, the most talked about, #1 bestselling novel of 2015, and, according to New York Times, "Perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades,” is now LIVE on hoopla!!!

And the fact that ALL of your patrons may have INSTANT ACCESS to this title?! AWESOME!! Be sure to share this news throughout your library and on social media... feel free to share our posts about the title from our main hoopla Facebook page!

In the event that you missed the e-mail this morning, here's a bit of information about the title:

Set two decades after Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, this essential sequel follows Scout as she returns from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Back home in Maycomb, Alabama, Scout must reckon with disturbing truths about those closest to her and the sizzling tensions of the Civil Rights era in her community. Timely, deeply compelling, and filled with Lee’s trademark humor, wisdom, and humanity, Go Set a Watchman is magnificent in its own right. Harper Lee and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, together, create an amazing audiobook experience on hoopla.

The 2015 Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Fiction, Go Set A Watchman is available on hoopla in both English and Spanish.



Rave Reviews on hoopla digital!

Rave Reviews on iOS!

As you know, we recently released a new iOS app on hoopla digital, which included features such as Kid’s Mode, comic ratings and the addition of language, subtitle and dubbed language information to our video detail pages.

We continue to update our hoopla digital apps with new features, fixes and enhancements to provide your patrons the best possible user experience, and from what we are seeing in the iOS app store, its working!!

Check out some of the rave reviews hoopla digital (iOS 4.4) has received recently in the app store:

I love Hoopla! by Rahn~Doe

Great app. Awesome website! The Free Library of Philadelphia grants free membership with a library card. #winning

 Love by skimberly1978

I love this app for checking out audio books from my library. My kids get to hear many of their favorite books read by different narrators, which makes their love of books grow!

Even better! by Redhead6@7

The most recent update has fixed a lot of problems with menus, and it seems that the download is working much much better now. Thank you thank you! Great app!

Love this app by Mel's Ewee

Made known to me through my library. I have never had problems playing or casting. I appreciate the variety of movies, music, audiobooks and ebooks. I am hooked. My only problem is not enough time in the day to do all I want on the app.

 Awesome app! by Independant Shopper

Download entire music albums and movies for a week at a time, plus e-books and audiobooks. Free through many public library systems!

 Great Audio Book App by Mostiky

I use this app to listen to great audio books. It has all I need to listen to them and a decent selection from my local library. Doesn't crash ever. IPhone 6 Plus.

 Hoopla by T. C. O. N.

This is AMAZING because you can get COMIC books!!!!

 Who doesn't love free books?! by Kendalynsmiles

I mean, like I said, who doesn't love free books? I love this app! Easy to navigate, and fills me to my nerdy heart's content!

 A must have by Super br123

Great app that allows you to have a variety of entertainment options at your fingers. A must have. I love my library more for offering hoopla!

Thank you! by Victosolo

Free everything and everything works without a glitch. I can borrow comics and audiobooks without worrying if they're already checked out or forgetting to return them on time. I love this app and the content they offer

Hoopla! by Tricotiti

Hoopla is your on the go library perfectly suited for mobile devices. From albums to audiobooks, Hoopla's user friendly platform provides easy access to your favorites, old and new

We at Midwest Tape strive to listen to and learn from our libraries, our only customers, as we continue to focus on providing your community the best possible user experience in the industry.

I highly encourage you to update your app frequently in order to take advantage of these great new features, leverage the rave reviews we are sharing with you today and review the app yourself, as well! iOS 4.5 is coming in the next two weeks, so watch for my post on that soon!

Thank you for your continued trust and partnership!






hoopla for Kids!

Your “hoopla for Kids Look Book" should already be at your library or arriving in the next couple of days. Your team at hoopla digital is excited to share this brand new Children's Library experience with you and your patrons! Our Children's Look Book for 2016 is filled with videos, music, and books; a look at both collections and individual titles chosen and assembled just for kids and families.
We're also pleased to announce our new hoopla Kids Mode, the gateway setting for accessing everything in this multi-format, children's digital media experience. It's the place where you, library parents and kids, alike, will be able to discover all the great hoopla kids' content, with one swipe.
Our hope is that hoopla Kids Mode will become a hoopla happy place for everybody!

  • Kids will be happy because they can easily find, follow, and enjoy their favorite characters, stories, and songs
  • Moms and Dads will be happy because they can feel confident letting kids explore and discover on their own
  • You'll be happy, too, because titles can be easily sorted and selected from our many formats for story times, summer reading programs, and more

Check it out when it arrives! And look for it on ISSUU at: