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Candlewick Press Joins Brain Hive On-Demand eBook Service for U.S. K–12 Schools
|By Business Wire
|June 26, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
Brain Hive®, LLC, a Minneapolis-based education company, announced today
that its on-demand digital book club has expanded to include highly
acclaimed and award-winning children’s and young adult titles from
Candlewick Press. Brain Hive® launched in 2012 to support digital
reading in K–12 schools. Schools join Brain Hive’s one-of-a-kind book
club at no cost and enjoy unlimited access to more than 7,000 fiction
and nonfiction titles on demand for just $1 per checkout through a “pay
per use” model. In the two years since the first reader “clicked out” a
Brain Hive book, student membership has grown to 660,000, with more than
490,000 pages read over nearly 60,000 hours.
“We are excited to partner with Brain Hive in our effort to broaden the
distribution of Candlewick Press books in the school market, and
especially into classrooms,” said Kathleen Rourke, Executive Director of
Educational Sales and Marketing for Candlewick Press. “Brain Hive’s
innovative approach to the emerging digital education marketplace
provides an accessible and engaging platform for our catalog.”
As one of the country’s most respected and admired independent
publishers, Candlewick Press offers readers some of the most popular
titles, authors, and illustrators of our time. With Newbery Medal
winners and Newbery Honor books such as The Tale of Despereaux by
National Ambassador for Children's Literature Kate DiCamillo and Splendors
and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; popular series and characters
including Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, Ruby Redfort, and Maisy; and more;
these additions are bound to inspire a lifelong love of reading and
learning among Brain Hive members.
“With the addition of Candlewick Press to the Hive, we’re thrilled to
offer even more popular titles kids love on the devices they can’t live
without,” said Brain Hive President Terri Soutor. “Demand for digital
content is exploding, and we’re making it easy and affordable for K–12
libraries to expand their digital collection while empowering educators
to make reading more engaging, social, affordable and measurable than
Brain Hive has remained the first and only on-demand digital book club
of its kind, offering K–12 schools a curated selection of high-quality
eBooks from the nation’s leading children’s publishers including Little,
Brown Books for Young Readers, Charlesbridge Publishing, Highlights for
Children, Kids Can Press, Lee & Low Books, Lerner Publishing Group, Open
Road Integrated Media, and more. Membership allows schools to instantly
expand their eBook collection, with interactive tools and teaching
resources that include Accelerated Reader quizzes from Renaissance
Learning. In addition to changing the eBook purchasing paradigm, Brain
Hive supports reading and learning by making it social and fun, with
interactive tools that engage readers while evaluating reading activity
and tying every dollar spent to a child reading—a critical return on
investment consideration for schools.
Brain Hive will continue to release new titles from additional
publishers offering a dynamic, continually updated content library to
support teaching and learning in schools.
More information is available at www.brainhive.com.
About Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press is an independent,
employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over
twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for
readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and
illustrators such as the National Ambassador for Children's
Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy
Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology
series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s
Waldo? and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together
with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia, based in
Sydney and Auckland. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.
About Brain Hive, LLC
Brain Hive® provides an
innovative eBook rental solution for K–12 schools, offering a simple and
economical alternative to the traditional methods for eBook procurement.
Schools pay just $1 each time a title is checked out from a large online
eBook collection from children’s publishers. The Brain Hive
administrator can easily manage content, spending and access with
user-friendly online tools. For a media kit, more information, to view a
“how it works” video or to sign up for free membership, visit www.brainhive.com
or call 855.554.HIVE.
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