Archaia’s stellar lineup of fantasy, children and licensed comics—from Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard and Return of the Dapper Men; fan-favorite series such as Rust, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock; and new releases such as Cursed Pirate Girl and Iron: Or, the War After—will soon be available via iVerse’s Comics Plus app, starting in March.
Although this sounds like just another “publisher on platform” announcement, this little bit may be the key part of the pact:
In addition to the Comics Plus app, Archaia’s titles will be made available to librarians and their patrons everywhere via the Comics Plus: Library Edition app, which makes thousands of high-quality titles accessible to school and library patrons on any device, anywhere, and at any time. Brodart Company is the library reseller representing iVerse for the library market.
”We’re excited to partner with iVerse as our strategy this year is to expand digital outreach to additional platforms and markets, and with iVerse, we are doing both,” said Archaia President Jack Cummins. “We are particularly thrilled to be part of the launch of the Library Edition. We have sought to continually ofer quality content to young readers and we’ve always valued our relationship and presence within schools and libraries. This platform will help stimulate a new audience of young readers through the growing array of everyday digital devices.”
As the library market continues to grapple with the mechanics of making digital loans for the increasingly popular GN category, iVerse’s library program is going to become more and more popular.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.