September 29, 2014

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Gale Launches ‘Interlink’ Document-Level Hyperlink Technology

Gale Interlink

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

LJ/SLJ Research

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

To Kill a Mockingbird ebook-feature

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


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

Wheels for Education

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

Eleanor & Park

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


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


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

Raising the Bar on Independent Reading


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

Penguin Ebooks Return to OverDrive, Go National on Axis 360

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.

Macmillan Expands its Ebook Catalog to K-12 Schools Via OverDrive


OverDrive announced today that Macmillan’s entire eBook catalog is now available for schools in the United States and Canada.

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

the Fault In our stars collector's edition

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.

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.

SLJ Survey: Ebook Usage in School Libraries Expected to Rise Incrementally

SLJ Survey: Ebook Usage in School Libraries Expected to Rise Incrementally

School library media specialists, especially in high schools, expect ebook usage by their students to rise incrementally, according to the 2013 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries. The annual survey, the fourth of its kind, was produced by School Library Journal and sponsored by Follett.

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


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.

Follett Offers Simon & Schuster Ebooks to Schools

Follett Offers Simon & Schuster Ebooks to Schools

Follett has partnered with Simon & Schuster to make more than 450 PreK–12 titles in ebook format available on Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search, and ordering tool. The partnership brings the total number of Follett’s offerings through Titlewave to more than 250,000 ebooks.

Amazon Adds Educational Features to FreeTime on Kindle Fire, CC-Aligned Content for FreeTime Unlimited

Amazon has updated Kindle Freetime for the Kindle Fire tablet, adding “Educational Goals,” enabling parents to set targets for their kids, for example, a goal to read 30 minutes every day. Thousands of educational books, apps, games, and videos have been added to the optional subscription Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.

Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders


Librarians are leading the way in technology use, according to School Library Journal’s annual technology survey. SLJ’s got the proof, and we encourage you to share it.

Baker & Taylor, Axis 360 Begin Simon & Schuster Ebook Pilot, 450 Titles Available in Schools, Classrooms


Baker & Taylor announced today that through a pilot program it will now be able to make available more than 450 popular ebook titles from Simon & Schuster imprints to classrooms and school libraries using the Axis 360 digital media circulation platform.