June 29, 2016

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Six IL High Schools to Use Library App Created by Local Teen

High school senior Blake Spoerry

It all began when a high school librarian had an idea. Add a senior who just happens to be a programming whiz, and the rest is digital history.

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.

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.

Follett Spearheads Open Content Repository for PreK–12

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Follett has unveiled new product integrations with OverDrive and Mackin Educational Resources that make it faster and easier for student and staff to access OverDrive or MackinVIA content once they’re logged in to Destiny.

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.

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Little, Brown Partners with LEGO; Lambda Literary Award Finalists | News Bites

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In the latest News Bites: voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is wide open until May 3; Little, Brown will release its first LEGO graphic novel in September 2015; and the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2014 have been announced.

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.

OH School Librarian Gets E-Kiosk to Access Public Library’s Digital Collection

Anna Pohlman

Middle school librarian Mary Burkey wondered how she was going to get digital books into kids’ hands. Her ongoing partnership with the local public library eventually led to a digital kiosk that allows kids at school to browse and access the library’s full digital collection.

Coretta Scott King Book Grant; ALSC’s Graphic Novel Reading Lists | News Bites

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In this round of industry news, learn about the Association for Library Service to Children’s Day of Diversity for children’s literature in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council—plus several grants geared toward enhancing your library’s collection.

The Ebook Dilemma: Thoughts on Selecting the Right Ebook Model | Tech Tidbits

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The ebook journey has been circuitous for high school teacher librarian Krista Brakhage. Some of the collection she purchased three years ago “disappeared,” prompting her to search for a new ebook purchasing model that works for her budget, students, and staff.

Library Opening $2M Teen Learning Lab; Winners of Censorship Essay Contest; PBS Productivity Tools | News Bites

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This month’s industry news features a $2 million Teen Learning Lab launching in Memphis, the winners of a National Coalition Against Censorship essay contest about The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and STEAM mini-grants from ALSC.

Free Tablet Giveaway on Read an Ebook Day, September 18

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September 18 is the first annual Read an Ebook Day, supported by ebook distributor OverDrive. Find out how to become eligible for OverDrive’s free-tablet giveaway.

SYNC Offers Free Audiobooks All Summer Long

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June’s “Audiobook Month” is just ending, and what better way to extend it than to participate in SYNC’s free audiobook program for teens? Now in its fourth year, this program offers young adults the opportunity to download two free audiobook every week from May 15 to August 13.

ISTE Winners To Be Honored in Atlanta; Ezra Keats Foundation Awards $820K; Qlovi Adds HarperCollins Titles | News Bites

A round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

School Libraries Can Now Access Over 17,000 Ebook Penguin Titles through OverDrive

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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.

OverDrive Announces Move to all MP3 Audiobooks

OverDrive, one of the major vendors of audiobooks to libraries, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s.

McGraw Hill, OverDrive Partner on Professional Ebooks for K–12 Schools, Libraries

McGraw Hill, OverDrive Partner on Professional Ebooks for K–12 Schools, Libraries

McGraw-Hill’s professional’s ebook catalog of more than than 5,000 business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles is now available for K–12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide on OverDrive. Also, some 700 of McGraw-Hill’s 2012 and 2013 offerings will be offered at special rates.

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools

With OverDrive’s “Netflix-like” streaming video service to libraries and schools, borrowers can watch videos on any tablet, computer, or device with an Internet connection. Streaming content can be sent to any device via email, QR code, or text message.

OverDrive Offers School Libraries New Options for Searching, Catalog Access, and Refined Metadata

OverDrive Offers School Libraries New Options for Searching, Catalog Access, and Refined Metadata

OverDrive is rolling out upgrades to its digital service for school libraries, with a choice of thematic visual screen settings, more deft searching tools, a new book recommendation system, and social media options, among other features.