September 18, 2014

Love Whispersync, Hate the Terms: How can schools legally work with Kindle technology?

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It’s the “holy grail of ebook features for education,” writes Chris Harris, of Whispersync for voice. But we need clarity on Amazon’s terms of service before schools can reasonably commit to the Kindle ereader.

Lerner Digital Launches Android Ebook App with 3,000 Titles

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Lerner Digital has launched its Lerner Digital eReader App for Android devices, featuring more than 3,000 available K–12 ebook titles across many interest areas and genres. The app, which is available free in the Google Play Store, is the Android equivalent of the app that the publisher debuted for the iPad in October 2011.

As Tablets Supplant Ereaders, New Challenges Arise for Publishers

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Sixty percent of publishing executives believe that tablets have become “the ideal reading platform,” and 45 percent believe that dedicated e-readers will soon be irrelevant, according to a recent online, by-invitation survey conducted by global research and advisory firm Forrester.

Travis’s Excellent (Ereader) Adventure

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In this month’s cover story for School Library Journal, Jonker, an elementary school librarian, documents the launch of an ereader lending program in words and pictures. This article is adapted from a series of posts at Jonker’s blog 100 Scope Notes, which is moving to SLJ.com.

Boys Value Reading More with Ereaders

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Middle school boys rated reading more valuable as an activity after two months of using an ereader, according to a study by researchers from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Libraries Still an Important Discovery Source for Kids’ Books, Says Study

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When it comes to finding out about good books for children and teens, there’s more to it than Amazon. Bookstores and libraries are still very important in discovery, according to a recent Bowker study.

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.

CES 2012: The Shapes of Things To Come

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Square was in at the 2012 International CES, but a triangle—between content, devices, and connectivity—told the real story.

Fine. I Got an Ereader. Now What? A newbie to digital reading gets his first Kindle

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“Can I just say something? I’m wary of ereaders,” writes Travis Jonker. Nevertheless, the school librarian took the plunge and documents his experience in SLJ’s latest tech feature.

Penguin’s Ebook Decision Has Chilling Effect on School Libraries

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Penguin’s suspension of Kindle access to its titles for libraries reaffirmed one librarian’s decision to go the public domain route, rather than spend money on titles only to have the rights potentially taken away.