Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text [...]
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.
Among my personal modern struggles are the tough decisions about which formats to buy which books in. This is both a personal and professional struggle. Sometimes I want a print book. When I travel, I want my book on my Kindle. When I drive and cook or clean, I want professional audio. When I buy [...]
While many of my other friends and colleagues were thinking about what they plan to think about over the coming year, my friend, Michelle Luhtala, shared her thoughts on conversations and worries that we ought to be able to put away in 2014 in favor of fresh thinking. She graciously allowed me to share this [...]
I begin today with news that is only tangentially children’s literature related. My excuse is that it makes me so happy I can hardly breathe. For Christmas I got the soundtrack of the musical Matilda, and I’ve been cooing over the brilliant lyrics and music ever since. Tim Minchin was the man behind said lyrics [...]
Viz Media, through their kids imprint Perfect Square, has announced that their Pokemon titles will now be available on multiple eReaders and in eBook stores. Starting on December 17, 2013, four Pokemon titles, Pokemon Adventures, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!, Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum, and Pokemon Black and White are available in iBooks and [...]
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 will resume doing business with OverDrive as of this morning,” Penguin spokesperson Erica Glass told LJ on September 25. According to a blog post by Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive, 17,000 Penguin ebooks are already “live and available for purchase in OverDrive Marketplace.” Although Estrovich refers to the transaction as a purchase, the books are being offered for a one year term on a one copy/one user lending model.
Frankly, our password sheet has always been a royal pain. I’ve long been in search of an authentication solution–a relatively barrier-free strategy for out-of-school database access. For Mackin customers, MackinVia creates a single hub for e-books and database content–a one-user ID and password to your database collection (and your MackinVia ebooks) accessible from any internet-connected [...]
To celebrate its 5th anniversary the Classroom 2.0 Community (with the help of additional educational networks), recently released the community-sourced Classroom 2.0 The Book. Inspired by and led by community founder, Steve Hargadon, with Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) and Chris Dawson (ZDNet Education), the project’s official deadline for submissions was today, April 21st. In [...]
A few questions continue to keep me up at night. Among them: How can I get my students and teachers to discover and use our e-resources to the max? What does face-out shelving look like in an e-collection? We are fortunate, I know it, to have a wonderful collection of subscription databases and e-books. We [...]
My friend Hornberger and I are having a conversation about nonfiction ebooks. In a recent post I chatted about my students’ eager acceptance of the EBSCO e-Book Academic Collection. Karen, the librarian at Palisades High School, as well as our PSLA Tech Committee co-chair and blogger, decided to test drive the database herself. She also [...]
We’ve all been talking about e-books for a long time. And I am still unsure of a solution. I know e-content needs vary. But what our STHS students ask for most is nonfiction and reference-type content to support their research. So, in terms of e-content . . . I personally get less of . . [...]
In his latest “Consider the Source” column, Marc Aronson compares recent developments in digital publishing to hockey’s “change on the fly” technique.
Having a hard time figuring out which ebooks to buy for your school library? A new rental service called BrainHive promises to solve the problem with a pay-as-you-go model for K-12 schools.