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Follett Launches New Release of FollettShelf™ with an Enhanced HTML5 Reading Environment for K-12

FollettShelf with the new Follett Enlight™ reader connects districts, classrooms and libraries with easier access to digital content.

MCHENRY, Aug 22, 2013 – Follett today announced a new back-to-school release of its popular FollettShelf™ hosted digital bookshelf, which includes a new HTML5 reading environment for Follett eContent called Follett Enlight™.  The new release of FollettShelf provides schools with universal access to quality K-12 eContent in a consistent virtual learning space that promotes critical thinking skills through reading, studying and note taking.  

In addition to the Follett Enlight reader, the new release of FollettShelf features two new modules designed to connect eContent to all parts of a school district:

  • FollettShelf Classroom Connections™ is uniquely designed with classroom teachers and curriculum directors in mind, providing tools for communication like note sharing, reading support, and enhanced reporting functionality.
  • FollettShelf District Manager™ is a district level platform that delivers management tools for providing access to Follett ebooks across multiple sites, giving districts one platform and a uniform experience for all schools.  Districts with Destiny Library Manger already receive FollettShelf and FollettShelf District Manager functionality.
The new release of FollettShelf offers students the unique reading experience of the Follett Enlight HTML5 digital reading environment.  Follett Enlight allows students to add notes and highlights to an ebook and then view them anywhere they have access to their FollettShelf account.  In addition, students now have access to a chosen dictionary based on reading levels.  The new reading environment also improves the reading experience on small devices and is integrated with other popular Follett products like the Destiny® suite of school resource management solutions.

"On the heels of new partnerships with Random House and Hachette Book Group, this latest release of FollettShelf gives schools access to thousands of popular ebook titles for K-12 students in a classroom-ready reading environment," said Tom Schenck, president and COO of Follett School Solutions.  "Today's announcement expands Follett's ability to support educators and administrators with innovative solutions focused on the delivery and use of digital content at the school and district levels."

A 2012 survey by Library Journal of ebook penetration and use among PreK-12 school libraries revealed that two-thirds of the schools that purchase ebooks buy them from Follett.  In this video students in West Allis-West Milwaukee, Wisconsin, talk about why they like FollettShelf.  "FollettShelf gives our students at West Allis-West Milwaukee an option for reading in an engaging format they really like, with a wide selection of age-appropriate titles," said Digital Learning Coordinator Rachel Schemelin. "Our teachers use the popular note-taking feature to help students develop their inquiry skills."

For more information about FollettShelf and the new Follett Enlight reading environment, visit  To learn more about Follett, visit

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About Follett’s K-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 |

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 80,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.