The New York Public Library Teams Up with Serial Box to Offer Free Access to New Black Panther Story

Thanks to an exclusive partnership, New Yorkers can for the first time borrow the e-book edition of Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King.

Several authors from the writers’ room that created the book will participate in a free virtual LIVE from NYPL program on 2/25.

Beginning today and for the first time, New Yorkers can use their library cards as a passport to Wakanda and a new world of stories utilizing characters from Marvel’s Black Panther franchise.

The New York Public Library has teamed up with Serial Box, the publisher of Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King, to offer free access to this brand new e-book series. The books will be available via the Library’s e-reader app, SimplyE (which allows New Yorkers to apply for and receive digital library cards, then browse, borrow, and read over 300,000 books on their iOS and Android devices). 

Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King features multiple Black Avengers such as War Machine and Misty Knight, introduces never-before-seen characters, and sets T’challa up against a new villain with the ability to resurrect the dead. The series is produced and published by Serial Box, which brings together award-winning and best-selling writers to create Serial Box Originals as well as new stories around some of fandoms’ most popular characters. 

The New York Public Library has teamed up with Serial Box to bring this content for free for the first time and exclusively to NYPL cardholders. The Library has worked with Serial Box to ensure there are enough copies in SimplyE to meet demand and with minimal wait times.

As part of the work with Serial Box, the Library will offer a free virtual event on February 25 featuring several of the authors involved in the series. The program, part of the Library’s LIVE From NYPL series, will be a talk moderated by New York Times best-selling author Nic Stone with authors NAACP Image Award winner Tananarive Due, New York Times best-selling writer and NAACP Image Award winner Steven Barnes, and novelist and screenwriter Geoffrey Thorne focused on how they joined forces to collaboratively co-create a new chapter in the Black Panther universe.

“At a time when New Yorkers are still being urged to stay home, and the feelings of isolation and anxiety are all too real, we are excited to share new and exciting stories with beloved and important characters,” said Ricci Yuhico, managing librarian of Young Adult Services at NYPL’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). “We are proud to make this new e-book easily available, and know it will appeal to a wide range of New Yorkers including and especially teens and young adults.  We hope that this partnership will continue to give our much-missed patrons the chance to escape into more new worlds through stories.” 

Molly Barton, CEO and Co-Founder of Serial Box, said about the partnership: “Serial Box is known for excellent sci-fi, fantasy, horror and mystery/thriller storytelling in written and audio form, and this story is a great example of what we can do when we bring together a world class team of writers. During the longest winter most of us can remember, I’m so happy to share an amazing new story about Marvel’s Black Panther with my fellow New Yorkers through NYPL.”

Throughout the global pandemic, The New York Public Library has worked to make books increasingly accessible and to connect communities around reading, even as in-person service was temporarily suspended or limited to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (the Library is currently offering grab-and-go book pickup and drop-off at about 50 of its neighborhood branches). Through virtual book clubs, reading recommendation lists tied to the Library’s 125th anniversary and current events (including the Black Liberation Reading List, which aimed to foster a better understanding of the Black experience), and collections-based programs, the Library promoted e-reading, generated over 1.2 million SimplyE checkouts from March to December of 2020, and generated over 120,000 new SimplyE users.  

About The New York Public Library

For 125 years, The New York Public Library has been one of the world’s leading free providers of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming, and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves nearly 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.

About Serial Box

Serial Box delivers premium audio and reading entertainment for an on-the-go audience that loves immersive storytelling. Serial Box is available on all mobile devices, and users can read or listen to each weekly installment, switching modes with just a click. Serial Box uses a collaborative writing process, bringing together award-winning and best-selling authors to create completely original stories as well as new content around some of fandom’s most popular characters. Serial Box’s best-selling titles include Ninth Step StationOrphan Black: The Next Chapter, and The Vela. Based in New York, the company was founded by Molly Barton and Julian Yap. Follow Serial Box for updates on Twitter Instagram and Facebook. For more information, please visit https://www.serialbox.com/

About Marvel Entertainment 

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2021 MARVEL

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