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September 15, 2017

RECORED BOOKS AND ZINIO COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH NEW READING EXPERIENCE FOR LIBRARIES

For the first time in the industry, library patrons can access magazines, audiobooks, and eBooks all in one easy-to-use mobile app

NEW YORK – September 15, 2017 — Recorded Books, an RBmedia company, today announced the launch of RBdigital — bringing together libraries’ top-circulating digital media into a single mobile app. The functionality in both OneClickdigital and Zinio for Libraries — two leading library lending apps currently in use by thousands of libraries around the world — is now seamlessly merged into the new RBdigital app.

“We’re proud to be the first to make audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks available in one location on mobile devices,” says Tom MacIsaac, Chief Executive Officer of RBmedia. “This new unified app provides the best mobile experience in the industry. With RBdigital, library patrons will find it easier than ever before to discover and access their favorite content on their smartphones and tablets.”

The all-new RBdigital app delivers:

 – The largest collection of digital magazines — the world’s leading brands, downloadable as both full-color print replicas and HTML text reflow optimized for mobile devices.

 – Exclusive audiobooks — only RBdigital delivers access to the Recorded Books proprietary catalog, including thousands of premium audiobooks as well as a broad array of other spoken audio content.

 – Best-selling and award-winning eBooks by top authors.

 – An extensive list of new features — including easier navigation, enhanced search, in-app previews, and easier checkouts and renewals.

Recorded Books leverages the ZINIOpro suite of tools, including the Newsstand API and Reader SDK, to deliver a native digital magazine discovery and reading experience within the RBdigital app.  Library patrons further benefit from ZINIO’s proprietary HTML text reflow, ensuring an optimized consumption experience on mobile devices.

The RBdigital app is available for for iOS®, Android™, and Kindle Fire™, and can be downloaded from the associated app stores.

About Recorded Books

Recorded Books, an RBmedia company, is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks in the world, with a catalog of more than 30,000 exclusive titles narrated by award-winning actors. Beyond the highest-quality audiobooks, Recorded Books also delivers eBooks, eMagazines, movies, learning programs, and much more to consumers and to the retail, professional, school, library, and infotainment markets. The company’s RBdigital platform provides a vast array of digital content to millions of consumers worldwide.

About RBmedia

RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers – at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content – including audiobooks, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. Headquartered in Landover, Maryland, RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Find out more at www.rbmediaglobal.com.

About ZINIO
ZINIO brings innovation and inspiration to the world of magazine publishers and consumers by delivering the ultimate digital reading experience on any device. As pioneers of the digital publishing industry for over a decade, ZINIO leads the digital magazine market in breadth of content and accessibility on any platform.

For magazine consumers, ZINIO operates online newsstands and award-winning iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle apps in more than 30 languages, providing the broadest selection of digital magazines accessible on any platform that can be read online or offline, synced across multiple devices and searched via archival content.

For magazine publishers, ZINIOpro converts print magazines to digital content through a SaaS platform that transforms PDF to XML, offering publishers complete flexibility in managing and delivering their content in branded, native magazine applications for tablet, smartphone and desktop, in searchable article databases, or through the growing network of ZINIO distribution partners.

The company has delivered 500 million digital magazine editions across more than 6,000 titles from 1,300 publishers in 200 countries to over 10 million customers. Headquartered in New York City, the company has offices in San Francisco, Barcelona, London and Ho Chi Minh City. For more information, visit www.ZINIO.com/corp.