November 24, 2015

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Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

Follett Forges Ebook Partnership with Carolina Biological Supply


Follett has recently announced an ebook partnership with Carolina Biological Supply, a provider of science lab materials and curricula.

Ebooks Will Surge in Classrooms, Study Says


The January 28 report from LightSail Education, polling 475 educators, also revealed a strong preference for purchasing ebooks outright over subscription models.

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

Give this a try.  Scan any (or all) of the four QR codes on these two images. What you’ll discover is that the codes lead to ABDO books that become instantly readable on your mobile device.  No password needed.  No wait.  No checkout.  No barrier between reader and book. For librarians, ebooks have long represented […]

How Denise Sumida Won the SLJ Buzz Award for Her Library


Inventive and quietly determined, Pearl Harbor Elementary School librarian Denise Sumida uses high tech to foster a culture of deep readers.

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

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly


The adoption and use of ebooks in U.S. school libraries has grown steadily over the past four years, slowed mainly by limited access to ereading devices and cost, says a new ebooks report by SLJ, sponsored by Follett.

Epic! offers a gift for educators

This week Epic! offered classroom teachers and school librarians in the U.S. and Canada free, forever, single subscription access to its iPad app, an “ever-growing library of high-quality children’s books from some of the world’s best publishers.” Epic! calls itself the first “All-You-Can-Read” eBook service for kids.  It currently offers thousands of digital titles from […]

And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today


To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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

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


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.

New ALA Report Examines Licensing Model for Ebooks in School Libraries


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.

Constructing a Digital School Library Collection in the “Race to the Top” | Tech Tidbits


Colorado school librarian Phil Goerner shares how his team will be initiating a Learning Technology Plan to create a digital district library using funds received from a Race to the Top grant.

California Town Librarian Leads Project for Students to Publish Poetry Ebook


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


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

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.

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.

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

Attention primary and elementary librarians and teachers and parents! Exciting news from Colorado:  The Colorado Library Consortuim (CLiC), Douglas County Libraries and Unite for Literacy, a Colorado-based publisher funded by sponsorships, have partnered to provide access to more than 120 free ebooks for young children. The project site shares that these early literacy titles: are all […]

The GPO expands free eBook access

The GPO expands free eBook access

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 […]

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.

Matchbook, matchbook make my format decisions easier

Matchbook, matchbook make my format decisions easier

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 […]

Michelle’s take on old conversations to bag for a new year

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 […]