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April 16, 2014

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Lerner Digital Launches Android Ebook App with 3,000 Titles

Lerner Digital Launches Android Ebook App with 3,000 Titles

Lerner Digital has launched its Lerner Digital eReader App for Android devices, featuring more than 3,000 available K–12 ebook titles across many interest areas and genres. The app, which is available free in the Google Play Store, is the Android equivalent of the app that the publisher debuted for the iPad in October 2011.

Ebooks for Youth Encourage Reading For Fun | The Digital Shift 2013

Ebooks for Youth Encourage Reading For Fun | The Digital Shift 2013

If schools want their students to become readers for life, then school libraries should be sure to include fiction ebooks as they build their digital collections, Debbie Swartz, Library Technology Facilitator, Mesquite (TX) Independent School District (ISD), noted during her “Meeting Students Where THEY Learn,” presentation during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries, hosted by Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Mackin, Random House Partner on Ebooks for School Libraries

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Mackin Educational Resources has partnered with Random House to offer new, bestselling ebook titles to school libraries across the country. The agreement gives librarians and media specialists the opportunity to grow their school’s collections with such sought-after titles as Christopher Paul Curtis’s The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963, the companies announced.

Oyster’s “All You Can Read” Ebook Service Now Available For iPad

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Oyster, the “all you can read,” on-demand ebook app, is now available for iPhone and iPad. In addition, an invite to participate is no longer required. The service, which formally launched in early September, is one that the library community should become familiar with, advises librarian and INFOdocket editor Gary Price.

In Praise of Print Books | SLJ Summit 2013

Annie Murphy Paul (left) speaks with attendees at the 2013 SLJ Summit in Austin, TX.

The very limitations of the book are its strengths, according to journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul, speaking at School Library Journal’s 2013 Leadership Summit in Austin, TX.

Penguin Drops Side Loading Requirement for Kindle Lending

Penguin Drops Side Loading Requirement for Kindle Lending

In a quick reversal of its position on Kindle lending, Penguin on September 26 loosened the terms of its renewed agreement with OverDrive, announced only the day before. The publisher has agreed to allow library patrons to download ebook titles wirelessly via OverDrive’s “Get for Kindle” function instead of, as initially announced, first downloading titles to a computer, and then side-loading those titles to their Kindle classic or Paperwhite using a USB cord.

OverDrive Now Offering More Than 17,000 Penguin Titles to Libraries

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OverDrive has announced that more than 17,000 Penguin titles, both new and backlist, will now be available to OverDrive’s U.S. library partners—public, college, and consortium—via the one copy/one user lending model. However, Kindle users will only be able to access Penguin books via “side-loading,” rather than wireless loading.

Simon & Schuster Pilot Program Offers Select Ebooks to PreK–12 Classrooms

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Simon & Schuster has announced the creation of a pilot program that would make available as digital editions a specially selected collection of its most popular and award-winning PreK–12 books for school classrooms nationwide. Each ebook purchased may be used in the classroom for one year from the purchase date, and may only be used by one student at a time.

Test Driving Oyster, a “Netflix for Ebooks”

Test Driving Oyster, a “Netflix for Ebooks”

How good is Oyster, the new ebook subscription service? Linda W. Braun puts the application through its paces in a screencast series showing how to get started with Oyster, how to search titles, and what it all means for libraries.

Sharing Public Domain Ebooks with the Book Elf

Sharing Public Domain Ebooks with the Book Elf

The Book Elf is a new tool for getting PD digital content into the hands of readers. Discovery of titles could be improved, but it does have some potential.

Dr. Seuss Ebooks Finally Available September 24

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Children’s book classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat and the Hat will be available in ebook format for the first time beginning on September 24. Fifteen of author/illustrator Dr. Seuss’s (aka Theodor Geisel) beloved titles will make their digital debut on that date, keeping the original layouts and iconic illustrations from their print editions, says publisher Random House Children’s. By November 2013, a total of 41 ebooks will be available for children, parents, and educators.

Follett Launches New Version of K–12 Digital Bookshelf

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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 GooglePlay and iOS, even though it does not yet appear in searches of Apple’s iTunes store, the company assures School Library Journal.

SLJ’s School Ebook Market Directory

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Which ebook provider will best meet your school’s needs and budget? SLJ’s snapshot of 19 ebook vendors outlines the suppliers’ range of offerings, terms of use, and pricing options.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks

E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks

For this close-up report on going digital, SLJ talked to academic experts, librarians, teachers, and students at two Illinois high schools. Big questions: What are the best ebook providers? How many student iPads get damaged? Do students read more in ebook or print? And more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Capstone’s Interactive “Super” Ebooks; Gamers Wanted for the Innovation Math Challenge | News Bites

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Thirty-two titles from the “DC Super-Pets,” “DC Super Heroes: The Man of Steel,” “Superman,” and “Batman” series are now available as interactive ebooks from Capstone. Educators, student teams, gamers, or programmers can submit entries of games, math videos, infographics, or manipulatives to the WGBH Educational Foundation’s Innovation Math Challenge for prizes of $1,000.

Hachette, Mackin Partner to Distribute Ebooks

Hachette, Mackin Partner to Distribute Ebooks

Mackin Educational Resources, national distributor of PreK–12 books, ebooks and digital resources, has announced a new partnership with Hachette Book Group (HBG), beginning this month. As part of the deal, HBG’s entire catalog of more than 6,000 eBooks will be available to Mackin customers, on and offline, through their school’s exclusive MackinVIA platform.

Hachette Ebooks Coming to School Libraries Via Follett

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Follett announced today a partnership with U.S. publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG) to provide preK-12 school libraries and students expanded access to popular children’s titles. Award-winning books such as Jewell Parker Rhodes’s Ninth Ward and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will be available in an ebook lending format for the 2013-2014 school year. The company recently announced a similar agreement with Random House Children’s.

Pew Study: Technology Aids Students’ Writing Skills Though Challenges Remain

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Digital technologies are impacting American middle and high school students’ writing in many ways, both good and bad, a new national report from the Pew Research Center shows. According to the survey, tech tools provide significant advantages to learning—although students are still having trouble with informal grammar and navigating the issues of plagiarism, citation, and fair use.

‘Here Be Fiction’ Site Launches with 500+ Ebooks

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The School Library System of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP) has announced the launch this week of “Here Be Fiction,” a site devoted to the discovery of fiction ebooks available with school library friendly licensing terms, with over 500 ebooks from 17 participating publishers.

StarWalk Kids Media Offers Free July Access to eBook Collection

StarWalk Kids Media Offers Free July Access to eBook Collection

StarWalk Kids Media has announced that it has made all 160-plus ebooks in its collection available free of charge to children, families, and educators during the entire month of July. In just the first three days after the initiative was launched via Twitter (#PopUpLibrary), nearly 3,000 ebooks have been read, the company says.