October 23, 2014

Freegal Simplifies MP3 Downloading with New Android, Apple Apps

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Freegal has made it easier for library patrons to download their weekly allotment of MP3 files with the launch of new apps for Apple and Android devices, available for free at Apple’s iTunes store and at the the Google Play store. Similar to many ebook platforms, the app allows users to search for their library via zip code, and then enter their library card and PIN number to download music.

Ebook toolkit: SLJ Reviews Follett’s Ereader Suite

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Jeff Hastings considers building a Follett ebook collection now that the company has released apps that let patrons read from among their 132,000 K–12 titles, online or off, on iPads and Android 3.0+ tablets.

Baker & Taylor Partners with Findaway World to Offer Library Audiobooks

Baker & Taylor and Findaway World LLC will partner to launch a digital audiobook platform for public libraries and retailers later this year, the companies announced April 10. Findaway is the creator of Playaway and Playaway View, preloaded audio and video devices, and in 2012 followed up with the creation of Catalist Digital, a new […]

SLJ’s App Review: Best of Apps & Enhanced Books (March 2012)

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The best apps and enhanced digital books as reviewed in our “Touch and Go” blog, now collected in the monthly App Review.

All the News that’s Fit to Tap and Swipe: Comparing news apps Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, and Google Currents

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SLJ reviews the top news apps—including Google Currents—along with tips for using these tools with students.

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: An educator weighs the pros and cons

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Which is the better color touch-screen device? Jeff Hastings stages a tablet shoot-out in his video review.

QR Codes Go to School

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From magazines to signs at the local supermarket checkout line, QR codes, those little square boxes of dotted patterns, are everywhere these days. Here’s how you can use them in school.

EBSCO Unveils Android App

EBSCO released a free Android version of its EBSCOhost app this week, following on its iPhone/iPad app, which was released in March. The app lets users access EBSCOhost content on both Android phones and tablets.

SLJ Reviews the Toshiba Thrive

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It’s estimated that about 80 percent of tablet computers sold to date have been iPads. But have you noticed how many non-Apple tablets are suddenly out there competing for a piece of the action? Take the Toshiba Thrive, for example. It’s a 10-inch (10.1″ diagonal measure) tablet with a 1280 x 800 WXGA widescreen, multitouch […]