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September 29, 2014

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The New News-O-Matic | Touch and Go

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News-O-Matic, a subscription app launched in June 2013 by Press4Kids, has recently undergone enhancements for its readers—and their educators.

The Book Is Far Superior to the Ebook for Early Literacy | Up for Debate

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The adult-child relationship is the foundation of healthy, early child development, including early literacy skills, and print books—not ebooks—invite and sustain parent-child interaction and the personal and intimate experience of sharing and talking through reading.

Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate

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When new media tools are expertly selected and appropriately used with children, such tools can support and enhance adults’ role in supporting development of the whole child, especially three- to eight-year-olds.

Curators, Lurkers Top SLJ Online Persona Quiz

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Most people who took SLJ’s Participatory Online Persona (POP) survey identified themselves as Curators. A mere .7 percent—a single respondent—chose the Self-Promoter category. Check out SLJ’s POP infographic.

Authors John Green and James Patterson Stuck in Midst of Ongoing Battle of Amazon vs. Hachette

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Hachette authors James Patterson and JK Rowling, and John Green of Penguin/Random House, are just some of the authors embroiled in the ongoing public battle between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over the renegotiation of their contract on profit share. Amazon has been cited with using bullying tactics, Hachette books sales have suffered, and authors, like John Green, are speaking out.

What’s Your Online Persona?

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Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

McGraw-Hill Forges Partnership with Follett to Offer EBook Content to K-12 Schools

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On June 24, McGraw-Hill announced its partnership with Follett to offer ebook content to K-12 schools.

Libraries Must Accommodate Self-Directed Student Activities | Pivot Points

In many classrooms, traditional rows are giving way to pods of desks where students work collaboratively. As students get used to flexible, collaboration-friendly environments, libraries need to adapt as well.

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Capstone’s Pebble Go Is Now Mobile

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Capstone now offers customers early access to a beta version of its popular PreK-3 research solution PebbleGo™—PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and other mobile devices, as well as a number of navigation and user enhancements.

Gale Launches ‘Interlink’ Document-Level Hyperlink Technology

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Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced the launch of InterLink, a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals with contextual reference content found within ebooks on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

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Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

Free Booktrack Education Tool: Engage Students with a Soundtrack to Stories

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Following a controlled study conducted by the University of Auckland, Booktrack has released a free global education tool that synchronizes a soundtrack to stories, which study shows increases reading comprehension and reader engagement.

Raising the Bar on Independent Reading

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Anyone who’s had the pleasure of getting lost in a good book of their choosing knows the joy of independent reading. As educators, we take that experience one step further, understanding that independent reading is a key element to a well-rounded and successful literacy program. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Brain Hive LLC.

School Libraries Can Now Access Over 17,000 Ebook Penguin Titles through OverDrive

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What was now only available to public libraries is now open to school libraries. Beloved authors—including Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, John Green, and many others—are now at school libraries’ fingertips.

Sesame Street Launches First Digital Magazine Available on iTunes March 27

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On March 27, Sesame Workshop launches Sesame Street S’More, a new digital publication for families and Sesame Workshop’s first digital magazine optimized for iPad and available on iTunes.

Follett Launches Collection of 17,000 Penguin Ebooks for Libraries and Schools

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Nearly 17,000 children’s books published by Penguin USA will be available in the ebook format for schools and libraries through a partnership with Follett. The Penguin collection is available through Titlewave and includes popular titles such as The Westing Game by Ellen Rasking, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Free Mackin Ebooks; Qlovi’s Common Core Platform; E-Rate Filing Opens | News Bites

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Here are our latest briefs on a digital publishing mini-MOOC, free Mackin ebook bundles, Qlovi’s Common Core platform, an archived copyright tweetchat, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Philadelphia’s Year of the Bard, the E-Rate filing window, and the NAACP Image Awards.

Shazam! Comic Apps!: The top picks for viewing comics on the iPad

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Most comics applications work in a similar fashion, offering a virtual store and library; you download the app for free and use it to both buy and read comics. The real differentiator is content, with each app offering its own selection of comics. Unfortunately, there’s no equivalent of Google for apps. So in order to find comics, you must either download the apps and browse their offerings or search online to see which comics [...]

The Kindles Are Coming: Ereaders and tablets in schools

Ereaders and tablets are springing up in schools—and librarians are leading the way

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Buffy Hamilton only has to look at the waiting list of students clamoring to get their hands on one of five Kindles she purchased for Creekview High School to know the ereaders are bundling the three P’s of librarianship—participation, portability, and personalization—into one magical package. “The students can participate in saying what they want to read, the Kindles are portable, and there’s a [...]

What’s Right With This Picture?: Chicago’s YOUmedia reinvents the public library

Armani Harris, a high school senior in Chicago, used to just hang out or go home after school. “I didn’t do much,” he says. But then the 17-year-old stumbled onto YOUmedia—an innovative learning space that’s housed in a 5,500 square foot room full of noisy teens, food, computers, and video games on the ground floor of the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. Now, he hangs out there 10 to 15 hours a week, designing posters [...]