OverDrive Announces Preliminary Agreement to Bring Disney Digital Books to Public Libraries

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OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, today announced a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com) that will enable libraries to offer access to Disney’s comprehensive library of books online. Young library patrons and their parents will be able to enjoy — for the first time — unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages with just an Internet-connection and library card. The extensive library features hundreds of digital books available at the click of a mouse, including favorites from popular Disney franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Cars, and Hannah Montana, along with many other classic and contemporary Disney stories.

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ABC Family Launches Bus Campaign, New Health Initiative in Honor of ‘Huge’

ABC Family is launching its “Live Huge” campaign, a new health initiative in support of the network’s upcoming one-hour scripted series, “Huge.” The initiative, which runs across multiple platforms on the network, including on-air, online, and off-air, kicks off with a national bus tour beginning in Michigan on Friday, June 18. The “Live Huge” Bus will continue to make stops at festivals and fairs across the country throughout June and July 2010. “Huge,” starring Nikki Blonsky, premieres on ABC Family on Monday, June 28, at 9:00PM ET/PT.

The “Live Huge” Bus, wrapped in white, will serve as a blank canvas that will allow people to share how they “live huge” by writing messages directly on the bus that tell how they live their lives to the fullest. With each stop, photos of people signing the bus will be uploaded to abcfamily.com for use on the site’s digital mosaic – “The Live Huge Wall.” Additionally, ABC Family will be distributing recipe booklets featuring healthy recipes from two cookbooks by Jamie Oliver and published by Hyperion Books – Jamie’s Food Revolution (available now) and the soon-to-be-released Jamie’s America (coming in October).

The bus tour will kick off at Hamburg Family Fun Fest (Hamburg, MI) on Friday, June 18 and will continue on to make stops including:

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of June 13

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Busy Day (Available Tuesday, June 15 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

Soar to infinity and beyond with this exciting novelty book that features Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang!  Readers can lift-the-flaps to help Woody and his pals meet the new toys, slide the windows to see the little green aliens making pizza, touch Rex’s scaly dinosaur skin, and much more! Young fans will love discovering all the fun tactile elements of this busy Toy Story 3 day!

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‘Learn to Draw’ Book Offers New Look at Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s ‘Tangled’

'Learn to Draw Disney's Tangled' from Walter FosterLearn to Draw Disney’s Tangled: Learn to Draw Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and other Characters from Disney’s Tangled step by step! from publisher Walter Foster gives us a fresh look at Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (and Pascal the chameleon).

Set against a stunning fantasy world, Rapunzel—Disney’s latest film in the Princess lineup—contains all of the ingredients necessary for retelling this beloved fairy tale: a beautiful girl with big dreams (and 70 feet of golden hair!); a mysterious tower; an evil witch; a handsome hero; and one very enterprising horse. After watching the story unfold onscreen, young fans of the film can re-live the magic, fun, and adventure with Learn to Draw Disney’s Rapunzel. In addition to a detailed story synopsis, this beautifully illustrated 32-page book features step-by-step instructions for rendering favorite characters from the film, as well as art tips from professional Disney animators. Learn to Draw Disney’s Rapunzel is a must-have for all aspiring artists and princesses.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of June 6

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

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New Astrology Book Matches Birthdays with Disney Personalities

Disneystrology by Lisa FinanderIn definitely one of the more interesting Disney-related products we spotted coming down the pipeline, renaissance woman / astrologer Lisa Finander has managed to identify 366 distinct Disney characters and personalities and match them up with specific birthdays (sorry, no choice for the leap year babies).

Disneystrology is the title of the Finander’s compilation and it definitely appears to be an intriguing one at that. According to the book’s description, for example, those born on November 9 identify with Pinocchio: exuberant, friendly and youthful. Meanwhile, Mufasa is the role model for those born on February 22 who are often powerful, principled and determined.

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Glamour’s Chicken Dinner Recipe Yields Engagement and Three Book Deal with Hyperion

Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion, and Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour magazine, today announced a publishing partnership. This collaboration begins with three books to be published in 2011 and 2012. This deal marks a strategic partnership that draws on each company’s promotional and marketing strengths to reach and cater to women readers. Both Hyperion and Glamour will support the books with multi-tiered publicity and marketing campaigns. Glamour, which has a readership of 12.2 million, was just selected Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards, given by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The website Glamour.com has an online monthly readership of three million unique visitors and is the #1 women’s magazine website in the country. Hyperion is known for its innovative digital outreach, exemplary publicity campaigns, and strategic ability to build upon platforms and leverage partnerships.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 16

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

Phineas and Ferb #7: Freeze Frame (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Split / Second (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Products for Miramax’s ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ Hit Amazon.com’s Virtual Shelves

It’s indoor vs. outdoor gnomes in this take on the Shakespeare classic from Elton John’s Rocket Pictures and Miramax. With an anticipated release date some time in 2011, no time has been wasted in announcing several book adaptations for the CG film starring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

Now available for pre-order (but not shipping any time soon) are the Junior Novelization, the Gnomeo and Juliet Pictureback Book and Gnomeo and Juliet Reusable Sticker Book, all listing a shipping date of January 11, 2011.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 9

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Dozen Fairy Dresses (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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A Dozen Fairy Dresses (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Deputy Mater (a Golden Go-Along Book) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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