News From Perma-Bound

Perma-Bound Celebrates 65th Anniversary

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Perma-Bound was founded 65 years ago today in Jacksonville, Illinois. On that day in 1954, we were a family-owned book bindery; we continue to be family-owned today-and, though locally operated, serving markets throughout North America and Asia.

In the 1960s, we expanded to rebinding paperbacks for the library and curriculum markets, and we were the first company in the United States to offer laminated book covers, with our patented PUR binding-renowned for durability and recognized by the Library Binding Institute-creating library-bound books that last seven to ten times longer than ordinary paperbacks.

Today, 65 years later, we are proud to serve PreK-12 schools, school libraries, and public libraries through a variety of media. With over 300,000 titles from more than 1,000 publishers, Perma-Bound offers strong title selection, comprehensive teaching materials, and a wide variety of educational software and electronic media, along with online catalog ordering, complete cataloging and processing, and collection development/analysis.

As we embark on our NEXT 65 years, we will continue to proudly provide “The Strongest Books You Can Buy.” Thank you for your support of Perma-Bound! #PermaBoundBooks #StrongestBooks #k12 #curriculum #library

New Series Tracker Selections Available for Tracking

Fall is in full swing, which means it’s time to add more great Series Tracker books to your collection! Additions for October include the DC Icons, Mice of the Round Table, Addison Cooke, Branches: Owl Diaries, Shai & Emmie, Queen of Hearts, Littlest Bigfoot, and Glass Spare series. You can access the free Series Tracker tool here, and join the 7,000+ librarians and educators who keep track of new Elementary, Middle School, and High School fiction series with Perma-Bound. Teachers, some of these books are also great candidates for Paired Title assignments—boosting student interest and learning outcomes by assigning fiction and non-fiction titles on similar topics. We add to Series Tracker constantly and publish a new list monthly, so stay tuned for more updates.

Popular Fiction Series Now Available for Tracking

We’ve added more great titles to our Series Tracker monitoring tool! Some highlights of our September list include:

  • Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor, the first in a new series about an American girl of Nigerian parents who must use her newly discovered magical powers to catch a serial killer;
  • Diary of a 8-Bit Warrior, by Cube Kid, an “unofficial” Minecraft series that follows the misadventures of a 12-year-old Minecraft villager named Runt; and
  • The Cruel Prince, the upcoming first installment in Folk of the Air, a new dark fantasy series centered around the treacherous High Court of Faerie, by the acclaimed Holly Black.

The September lineup also includes titles from the Ada Lace Adventures, the Carver Chronicles, Disney Princess Beginnings, Hello Ruby, and Phoebe and Her Unicorn.

Begin tracking these and other best-selling elementary, middle school and high school fiction series for free, and receive monthly email updates of new titles. Visit Series Tracker to sign up.

Perma-Bound Exhibits at International Literacy Association Annual Conference

From July 15-17, Perma-Bound representatives participated in the International Literacy Association Annual Conference in Orlando. We had the opportunity to present our newest curriculum offerings, with a special focus on Red Rhino fiction and nonfiction titles in our premium Perma-Bound binding. The Red Rhino series features characters and topics that are age appropriate and have been designed to maintain consistency and readability throughout each title--making reading enjoyable and achievable. We also hosted author-illustrator Matt McElligott (Even Aliens Need Snacks), who signed free advance copies of our 2018 Author-Illustrator Birthday Calendar (he created the cover art!) for a few lucky attendees!

Perma-Bound Series Tracker Adds New Series for Tracking

Our Series Tracker monitoring tool continues to go like gangbusters, with subscribers now surpassing the 7,000 mark! This free tool helps librarians and educators stay current on the latest additions to popular fiction series for elementary, middle school and high school readers, via monthly email updates. Perma-Bound determines which series to track on feedback from teachers and librarians, information from our publishing partners, and reviews from School Library Journal. New additions in August include:

  • Babymouse: Tales from the Locker
  • Children of Exile
  • Lorien Legacies Reborn
  • King & Kayla
  • Absolutely Alfie
  • Mad Scientist Academy
  • Nate the Great
  • Queens of Renthia

Sign up today—it’s easy and free! To get started, go to Series Tracker. Happy tracking!

Jerry Mullen named Perma-Bound’s new National Sales Manager

After a national search, Perma-Bound Books has hired Jerry Mullen as its new National Sales Manager. Mullen comes to Perma-Bound with three decades of sales success at the regional and national levels. His most recent position was as Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Paper Pak Industries of La Verne, Calif., based out of the St. Louis-area office.

Perma-Bound Donates Funds to Texas Library Association

Last week, Perma-Bound raised over $2,000 for the Texas Library Association at the organization’s Annual Conference, held April 19-22 in Houston, Texas. The event, which took place over four days at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX offered continuing education opportunities for K-12 school, public, and academic librarians, and featured the annual Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon.

Perma-Bound launches Series Tracker title-monitoring service

Perma-Bound has launched a new website interface to help librarians more easily keep track of popular series. The new tool, called Series Tracker, is being rolled out in March after a soft launch at the end of February. The feature tracks a librarian’s list over time and provides updates when new installments in flagged series become available.

Perma-Bound Expands Digital Offerings with Playaway Launchpad

In an expansion of its partnership with Findaway, Perma-Bound is now adding Playaway Launchpad pre-loaded learning tablets to its extensive collection of premium digital products for the library and curriculum markets.

Perma-Bound Digital Expands its Collection to Include Disney Content on Playaway Pre-Loaded Products

Perma-Bound Books today announced that Disney content is now available to customers on Playaway Pre-Loaded Products. With a new agreement between Findaway and Disney, Perma-Bound will be able to offer its customers popular shows, movies, and audiobooks, and read-alongs on Playaway, Playaway View, and Playaway Bookpacks.

Perma-Bound Books Partners with Clever to Simplify and Secure the Login Process for K-12 Digital Curriculum in US Schools

Perma-Bound Books announced today that Clever will provide single-sign-on functionality for Perma-eHub, the company’s digital content management system. Now millions of K-12 students across the U.S. will be able to access Perma-Bound’s award-winning digital textbooks and audiobooks quickly and securely with a single click.