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The Best of 2017 on hoopla

There are only a handful of days left in December, which means it’s time for holiday parties, pondering resolutions…and year-end best-of lists! With that in mind, we’re pleased to present collections showcasing favorite content for each format on hoopla for 2017. Unlike so many organizations that give you a list of their own favorites, these collections contain the titles that circulated the best with hoopla users. So browse these collections to see what your patrons have been into, and share them to make sure no one misses out on these great titles.

Movies: hoopla is the perfect go-to resource when it’s time for an impromptu movie night. You can find action (Haywire), suspense (Shutter Island), drama (100 Streets), comedy (School of Rock), and romance (Ben & Ara), all in one place! There are animated titles like All Dogs Go to Heaven for the kids, and live-action movies like Agent Cody Banks that the whole family can enjoy. One of our most popular titles is a look behind the scenes at the Broadway smash hit Hamilton!

TV: Binge-watching television episodes is all the rage, and hoopla has patrons covered with our wide selection of shows. This area is particularly strong for kids with Nickelodeon content that includes SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. Lifelong learners will love Great Courses series like The Art of Investing, as well as PBS shows like Genius by Stephen Hawking. There’s also quite a variety of grown-up entertainment, such as The Dead Zone and, of course, The Librarians.

And don’t forget! Watching on your mobile device is great when you’re on the go, but when you’re at home and want to watch on the big screen, hoopla movies and television can be enjoyed on Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku streaming boxes, as well as cast from your device to a Chromecast.

Music: The hottest music of the year is on hoopla, and it shows in this collection. Ed Sheeran? Check. Chris Stapleton? Check. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Jay-Z? Check, check, and check. Lorde and Lana Del Rey? Yep, we have them too. Music lovers will find compilations, soundtracks, even kids’ tunes, and more. And although it came out too late in the year to break into our favorites list, we also have the new Taylor Swift album, Reputation, sure to be popular well into 2018.

Audiobooks: Having a story read to you is one of life’s great small pleasures, and the ever-increasing popularity of audiobooks is a testament to that. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry has been on the bestseller lists since its release. You can also catch Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express, read by Kenneth Branagh, director and star of the movie adaptation currently in theaters. There’s plenty of romance, self-help, and much, much more.

eBooks: Listening to an audiobook is wonderful, but sometimes you want to kick back in the quiet and absorb the written word. This year’s favorites in eBooks run the gamut from kids’ fiction like Rick Riordan’s Ship of the Dead to contemporary adult fiction like Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done to short story collections like Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women. There’s poetry from Rupi Kaur, yoga inspiration from Jessamyn Stanley, and self-help from Brendon Burchard. There’s a great title in here for every reader and every mood.

Comics: Anyone who likes comics will find something to get excited about on this list, and it’s a great place to start for those looking to get into the format as well. You’ll find iconic characters like Wonder Woman, installments in popular series like The Walking Dead, movie adaptations like Coco, standalones like Love Is Love, and so much more. With hoopla’s revolutionary Action View, these outstanding comics and graphic novels come to life on patrons’ screens and devices.

hoopla  is the perfect companion for this time of year. Being able to escape into an eBook or put some music on in the car can make holiday travel much more bearable, and it keeps the library accessible during holiday closures or limited hours. We hope you and your patrons enjoy these favorites, and that they make your winter season that much brighter! We look forward to bringing you even more outstanding media content in 2018.

hoopla for the Holiday

With Justice League in theaters and poised to have another strong weekend, now is the perfect time to remind patrons of all the great DC Comics content available to them on hoopla. There are plenty of new and popular titles featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and even Cyborg—all the superheroes from the movie! There’s even A Very DC Rebirth Holiday, a collection of seasonal superhero tales for those already getting into the yuletide spirit. Patrons can also find Danny Elfman’s incredible Justice League soundtrack, as well as plenty of other related content.

And speaking of the holidays, did you know that the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for reading? That makes hoopla the perfect travel companion, with a wealth of comics and eBooks available 24/7. Right now you can find collections perfect for kids, eBooks that help to make holiday entertaining a breeze, and, of course, all the other content patrons know and love. It’s also the busiest travel season of the year, and playing some music or an audiobook can make a long drive or flight much more pleasant.

From all of us here at hoopla, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Agatha Christie on hoopla

With Murder on the Orient Express currently going strong into its second weekend in theaters, now is a great time to remind or point out to patrons the wide selection of Agatha Christie content available on hoopla! Start with the audiobook of the original novel, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the new film and stars as Christie’s famed detective Hercule Poirot. From there, hoopla users can browse through a full collection of Christie’s mysteries on audiobook with a variety of narrators, while those who prefer the printed word can also check out her short stories and a number of other works, including her autobiography, on eBook.

The late British author (1890-1976) is the world’s bestselling novelist of all time, and her work has been translated into more than 100 languages. Murder on the Orient Express is the latest in a long line of film and TV adaptations of her work, including David Suchet’s acclaimed portrayal of Poirot and ITV’s Marple series, both of which can be borrowed from hoopla. Needless to say, mystery fans and Agatha Christie devotees will have plenty to choose from, no matter their preferred format, so be sure to point them toward hoopla today!

Paramount Pictures—now on hoopla!

Great news: As of November 1, select movies from Paramount Pictures are now available for patrons in the U.S. to check out and watch on hoopla Digital! The wide-ranging collection currently includes such popular films as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, An Inconvenient Truth, Dead Man Walking, and School of Rock. Make sure your patrons know about this great new addition to hoopla’s content lineup, available at their fingertips 24/7, with no holds and no late fees.

Titles in this collection are subject to change, so check back often to see what new movies are available!

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hoopla digital is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Patrons will be unable to access the service through either the app or the hoopladigital.com website until these issues are resolved.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Our technicians are working diligently to solve the problem and hope to have it corrected soon. Keep an eye on this post for further updates.

UPDATE: The problem has now been corrected. Patrons should be able to access the hoopla app and website with no issues.

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.