November 22, 2017

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Junior Library Guild To Roll Out New EBook Service For Libraries| ALA 2014

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ebookintro-400x600On June 26, at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas (June 26–July 1), Junior Library Guild (JLG) will release a new ebook product, JLG ebooks, for libraries across the country. (Visit booth 826 at ALA for live demonstrations of the product.)

Just like with JLG’s subscription-based print book program, JLG ebooks has been carefully curated and selected by JLG’s editors and arranged into categories. Libraries that subscribe will receive one new ebook per month for each category ordered.

The following four categories are currently available:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for grades 3-5 (subscription cost: $402/year)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for grades 6-8 (subscription cost: $429/year)
  • Social Sciences Category for grades 3-5 (subscription cost: $402/year)
  • Social Sciences Category for grades 6-8 (subscription cost: $429/year)

All selections for these categories are available for unlimited simultaneous users within a school. In addition, backlist selections are also available for purchase.

“For 85 years, our customers have entrusted us to take the guesswork out of choosing which newly published print books were worth including in their library,” said Randall Asmo, president and CEO of Media Source, Inc., parent company of JLG and School Library Journal. “Today we are extending that expertise with the premiere of our ebook product bringing the service, selection, and convenience of JLG to any library in all formats.”

Features of JLG ebooks include the ability to read online or offline on Mac, PC, iPad, or Android devices. In addition, the product offers all the usual functionality, like the ability to take notes, bookmark, or highlight text. Ebooks are accessed via clickable links in catalog records—provided free of charge with all ebook orders.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-491-0174.

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