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Follett Named Finalist for 2016 Chicago Innovation Awards

Company’s Lightbox nomination celebrated among most innovative new education products

CHICAGO, Sep 27, 2016Follett’s award-winning, new Lightbox interactive PreK-12 classroom solution has been selected as a Top 100 finalist for the 2016 Chicago Innovation Awards. A total of 643 nominations were received for the 15th annual competition, with Follett’s Lightbox one of 13 products in the education industry to emerge as a finalist.

The Chicago Innovation Awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago Region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries. The winners in all categories will be announced in a ceremony Oct. 25 at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

Follett also is in the running for the annual "People’s Choice Award," selected by the public in online voting at The last day for voting is Thursday, Oct. 6.

In just its first year in the education marketplace, Lightbox was a "Best of Show at ISTE 2016" winner as named by Tech & Learning; a "Top 10 K-12 Educational Technology Product of 2015" as named by K-12 Tech Decisions; and a finalist in both the 2016 SIIA CODiE Award and EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award competitions.

Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, and used by educators seeking to improve their students’ engagement and literacy skills, Lightbox offers varied approaches to teaching topics while creating an engaging, learning experience.

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About Follett's PreK-12 Business  |

Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.