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DOAB launches with open access monographs

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The Directory of Open Access Books just launched in beta.  I am library to my pretty large list of free ebook portals.  I will also consider adding some of the relevant academic titles to our online catalog. Created by the  OAPEN Foundation, an international initiative based at the National Library in The Hague, in cooperation [...]

New from Pew: The Rise of e-Reading

Earlier this week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its new study, The Rise of e-Reading. Here are some of the key findings from the Summary of the report by researchers by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner, who surveyed of 2,986 Americans ages 16 and older between [...]

In the wild

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She did it again.  Back in October I shared that Kristin and Buffy crowd-sourced and edited the wonderful School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come? Just a couple of weeks back, Kristin Fontichiaro gathered the writings of the diverse group of grad students–pre-service librarians and educators–in her University of Michigan School of [...]

Google ebooks get “notable”

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On Thursday, the Inside Google Books blog announced a couple of powerful new features for Google ebooks.  You can now highlight–with a variety of marker colors–and take notes in many of the Google ebook in your Library.  That includes books you’ve purchased as well as the free books you’ve grabbed. Here’s what it looks like [...]

Just published: School Libraries: What’s Now? What’s Next? What’s Yet to Come?

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Holy collaboration!  Looking for some updated thinking about school libraries? Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton just released the ebook they recently crowdsourced and edited: School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come? It is now available for free download in three formats: PDF for those who want to read it on a desktop/laptop [...]

School Libraries: What’s Next (an ebook project)

Share your vision for our future.  Please consider contributing to this exciting crowdsourced collaborative visioning project coordinated by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. To coincide with the 2011 Treasure Mountain and AASL National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we are engaging in an ebook publishing experiment, and we want you to be a part of it! [...]

I could get hooked on Vook

Time to celebrate even more ways to remix and mashup the wonderful experience of reading! I have a feeling that the Vook and the TextVook are going to be popular reading options for many of our young readers and learners. A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video [...]

ICDL goes mobile

I just discovered that one of my very favorite booky destinations is now available as an app. The International Children’s Digital Library, a beautiful, multilingual portal, offering a large collection of free children’s books from around the world, can now be viewed on your iPad and on your iPhone, as well. The largest collection of [...]

Google ebook store launches

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On Monday, Google launched its ebook store, allowing readers to purchase or download free ebooks from the world’s largest selection of ebooks, across a variety of supported devices and reader apps: Nook, Sony, Android, the Web.  (Those that support the Adobe eBook platform. But not my Kindle.) Today I am introducing it to 12th grade [...]

Very Kind Kindle support from Buffy! (and on further celebrating our network)

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I love you, Buffy J. Hamilton!  And I love our network! Earlier this fall I worked with the Special Ed Department on a Kindle roll-out, a project we’ve set up as a formal research project to explore the effect of ereaders on reading motivation.  But when we unpacked our own first library Kindles yesterday, a [...]