Library service provider Hoopla Digital today announced a new agreement with Ingram through which publishers working with Ingram’s CoreSource Plus digital distribution service can offer public library patrons instant access to their titles via hoopla digital’s app and online service.
Officials at hoopla say that inclusion of CoreSource titles will significantly broaden their catalog of more than 400,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, e-books, audiobooks and comics.
A service of Midwest Tape, Hoopla enables library patrons to borrow, instantly stream and download thousands of movies, TV shows, music, e-books, audiobooks and comics.
Unlike the dominant “one copy one user” e-book digital lending model used in many in libraries, Hoopla’s e-book service is based on a “transactional” model. With Hoopla, e-books and audio titles are instantly available, 24/7, and every time a title is borrowed the publisher gets paid.
With the service now in more than 900 library systems across the country, Jeff Jankowski, owner and founder of Hoopla Digital, told PW the service is growing, with e-book partners including Disney Publishing Worldwide, Rodale, Sourcebooks, and Rosetta Books. And Jankowski said he was particularly pleased with the growth in digital audio, which now includes titles from Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.
“We had a great 2015 and we have a lot deals in the works, a lot of new titles coming up, a lot of negotiations going on, and we are adding hundreds of thousands of new users every quarter to Hoopla,” Jankowski said. “It’s going to be a great 2016. We’re making progress, and we’ll some new announcements very soon.”