April 24, 2017

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Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books

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While ebooks have stalled, the outlook for the children’s book market looks good. That data and coming trends were unpacked at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit.

EBSCO and Mackin Forge New Partnership

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EBSCO ebooks will now be available on the Mackin ecommerce site.

Bookshare Extends Ebook Access to TX Students with Print Disabilities

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A statewide program, Accessible Books for Texas enables students with print disabilities to access Bookshare, a free, cloud-based ebook library of more than 440,000 titles.

When an Ebook is the Best Book

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Five reasons why ebooks can be a better choice than print in your school library.

Schools Partner with OverDrive to Offer Books 24/7 in June

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The digital distribution platform has teamed up with schools in every state and parts of Canada to allow students to access a collection of interactive juvenile fiction and award-winning YA ebooks.

New York DOE Green Lights Amazon eBook Deal

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That new book smell may soon be a thing of the past for New York City’s schoolchildren. A $30 million contract will reshape the way ebooks are used in the nation’s largest school system.

Study: Ebooks, Audiobooks, Digital Textbooks Used in 80 Percent of Schools

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OverDrive and ASCD have partnered on a survey about digital content use in schools. Of the 80 percent of respondents who report using digital content in their schools or districts, four out of 10 are using it as part of their curriculum.

OverDrive Launches QuickStart eBook Collection for Elementary Schools

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A new K–5 collection of teacher-recommended titles includes read-along eBooks in which words are highlighted while a narrator reads.

Inaugural Epic Reading Challenge to Coincide with Read Across America

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Educators looking for a last-minute Read Across America assignment may want to consider this “ice cream for ebooks” challenge.

Ebooks Can be a Great Choice for Middle Schoolers

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A middle-school librarian conducted his own research on ebooks. What he found out now guides his collection development—and may be the answer to the “middle school drop-off” in pleasure reading.

LeVar Burton Launches Skybrary School

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LeVar Burton has launched Skybrary School, a web-based library and supplemental reading service. The executive producer of Reading Rainbow, Burton talked to SLJ about diverse books and more.

Capstone Offers Matching Grants for Ebooks

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Schools can apply to MN-based publisher Capstone to receive a matching grant toward the purchase of its interactive ebooks in a program announced today.

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Stephanie Retblatt (left) moderates the all-teen panel “Suburban Teens on Reading, the Young Adult Label and More” at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Getting “Phygital”: Embracing the Space Where Digital and Physical Intertwine | Editorial

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A compression of the words physical and digital indicates when those two worlds combine, intersect, or are integrated, and offers new direction in understanding the true complexity of the work today and ahead.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Getting to E: The State of the School Ebook Market

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School libraries are moving toward ebook adoption; the question is how fast.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Divergent,” “Fancy Nancy” Among Popular HarperCollins Ebooks from MackinVIA

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A look at some of the HarperCollins ebooks that are the top hits with students and educators since the publisher brokered a partnership with MackinVIA more than a year ago.

Map of Life goes mobile

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This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

SLJ Reviews Reorganized into Librarian-Friendly Sections

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After conducting surveys and focus groups with subscribers and reviewers, SLJ’s reviews editors have instituted some subtle but key changes, all with the goal of making collection development decisions easier and more efficient for our readers.

“Clean Reader” App Strips Ebooks of Profanity

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The filter, represented by a small electronic broom, blocks offensive words and can be set to “clean,” “cleaner,” or “squeaky clean.”

Follett Forges Ebook Partnership with Carolina Biological Supply

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