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HarperCollins Joins Forces With Midwest Tape To Expand Library Collection

Thursday, November 21, 2013

HarperCollins Joins Forces With Midwest Tape To Expand Library Collection

14:00 EST Thursday, November 21, 2013

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest Tape, a library-focused distribution company, and HarperCollins Publishers today announced a strategic library distribution agreement to commence immediately.

The non-exclusive agreement enables Midwest Tape to distribute the majority of HarperCollins Publishers front list audiobook titles to libraries. A key component of the deal calls for Midwest Tape to manufacture CD editions of HarperCollins Publishers audiobooks that potentially may have only been available as digital editions.

"We are very excited to work with Midwest Tape to expand physical audio distribution for our authors," said Sean McManus, Director of Audio of HarperCollins Publishers.

"This agreement aligns with our commitment to make available as many audiobook titles as possible to libraries quickly and in the formats they need for their patrons," said Jeff Jankowski, cofounder and Vice President of Midwest Tape. "We are thrilled to partner with HarperCollins Publishers to enable us to provide library access to their excellent audiobook titles."

Both HarperCollins Publishers and Midwest Tape are excited for the opportunity to put more audiobooks in the ears of library listeners.

ABOUT HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS: HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NNC, NNCLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, mystery, romance, reference, pop culture, design, health, wellness, and religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history, HarperCollins has published some of the world's foremost authors, including winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal. HarperCollins is consistently at the forefront of innovation, using digital technology to create unique reading experiences and expand the reach of its authors. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers online at: www.harpercollins.com.

ABOUT MIDWEST TAPEMidwest Tape, LLC., a privately-held media distribution company, provides audio-video products, including audiobooks, exclusively to public libraries across the U.S. and Canada. Products can be prepared and delivered to libraries "Shelf-ready" and customized to libraries' specifications. hoopla digital, Midwest Tape's category-creating service, partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music and audiobooks. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape ? a trusted partner to public libraries for over 20 years. Visit our website at www.midwesttapes.com.

SOURCE Midwest Tape

For further information: Sean McManus, Director of Audio, HarperCollins Publishers, p. 212-207-7180, Sean.McManus@HarperCollins.com, or Michael Manon, Chief Brand Manager, Midwest Tape/hoopla digital, p. 800-875-2785, mmanon@midwesttapes.com

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