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May 30, 2015

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Follett Launches New Version of K–12 Digital Bookshelf

Follett’s new back-to-school release of its FollettShelf hosted digital bookshelf—which includes a new HTML5 reading environment for econtent called Follett Enlight—is now available for schools to download this week via apps for both GooglePlay and Apple iOS, even though it does not yet appear in searches of Apple’s iTunes store, the company assures School Library Journal.

“We implemented the process for removing the older Follett Digital Reader and TextFlow Reader apps and activating the new Follett Enlight app,” says Britten Follett, the company’s communications manager. “Currently the Follett Enlight app is appearing in GooglePlay, however we are waiting on the Apple Store to refresh in order for the Follett Enlight app to appear [there].”

Although some school librarians had expressed dismay this week—on Twitter and elsewhere on social media—after encountering problems accessing the new app, Follett confirms that the app is live on both online stores. Those having trouble locating it on iTunes, she notes, can use this direct link:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/follett-enlight-k-12-edition/id692783324?mt=8

Enlight is designed to provide 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,” the company says. Enlight also allows students to add notes and highlights to ebooks, and gives students access to chosen dictionaries based on reading levels.  Beyond Enlight, the new release of FollettShelf includes two new modules designed to connect econtent to all parts of a school district:  FollettShelf Classroom Connections, and FollettShelf District Manager.

“On the heels of new partnerships with Random House and Hachette Book Group, this latest release…gives schools access to thousands of popular ebook titles for K–12 students in a classroom-ready reading environment,” adds Tom Schenck, Follett School Solutions’ president, COO.

Karyn M. Peterson About Karyn M. Peterson

Karyn M. Peterson (kpeterson@mediasourceinc.com) is a former News Editor ofSLJ.

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