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July 22, 2014

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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

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Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

New ALA Report Examines Licensing Model for Ebooks in School Libraries

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For libraries, buying or licensing ebooks is a very different story than the average consumer simply clicking and purchasing off a book retailer website. A new report from the American Library Association takes a close look at the licensing models for ebooks, for school libraries in particular and how these policies affect access for students.

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.

Eight Reasons Why Print Trumps Digital for Reading

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Given the focus on ebooks these days, could old-fashioned print books provide a superior reading experience? Actually, yes—especially for young children whose literacy skills are just beginning to emerge.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers

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The low-down on digital content, what’s appropriate, at what age—and some props for print books.

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

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On June 26 at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, Junior Library Guild will release a new ebook product, JLG ebooks, for libraries across the country.

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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Library Journal Launches Self-Publishing Partnership with BiblioBoard

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BiblioBoard® and Library Journal (LJ) have partnered to launch SELF-e™, an ebook discovery service connecting self-published authors with public libraries and their patrons.

California Town Librarian Leads Project for Students to Publish Poetry Ebook

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The #1 Apple iBookstore top seller ebook Windows to the Teenage Soul, a poetry anthology ebook created by high school freshmen in Los Gatos, California, started as the brainchild of Los Gatos town librarian, Henry Bankhead, and Smashwords CEO and founder Mark Coker.

New York High School Goes Entirely Digital

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This year, New York’s Archbishop Stepinac High School saw its entire textbook collection transition to a digital library.

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).

2014 Ebook Survey | Calling All Public and School Librarians

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SLJ invites you to participate in the 2014 ebook survey for school and public libraries throughout the United States. This is our fifth year trending library ebook usage information, which benefits libraries, advocacy groups, and publishers in navigating and serving this essential market. Respondents will have the opportunity to receive a summary of the overall results AND be entered into a drawing to win a new Apple iPad mini.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Go Ebook

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Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, allows her Pulitzer Prize winning classic to go ebook; the ebook will be released July 8.

“Americans Who Read More Electronically Read More,” reports Harris Poll

While the print format is still king among bookworms, those readers who favor the ebook format are more likely to read over 20 books a year (30%) than either those who read more/only in hard copy (18%), according to the poll of 2,234 adults conducted in March 2014.

It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report

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The majority of students 13 and under are picking up e-readers to enjoy their favorite reads—with 92 percent doing so at least once a week—reveals the report “Exploring the E-Reading Habits of Children.”

Thanks to NBA Star LeBron James, Akron Public Schools Has One of the Largest E-Libraries in Country

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With a generous $100,000 donation from the LeBron James Family Foundation, the students of Akron Public Schools now have access to one of the largest e-libraries in the country.

We HEART Teen Ebooks in Libraries! | Sponsored

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Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK and many other award-winning titles are now available as ebooks in your libraries? Find out more in this Macmillan-sponsored post.

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.

Mackin Educational Ups Its Game with an Additional 2,000 Ebooks

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Mackin Educational Resources announces the inclusion of DK Publishing ebooks—adding 2,000 ebooks to its offerings.