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Getting intimate with primary sources: A new seres of iBooks from the LOC

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If you love or teach with primary sources, and if you’ve got a few iPads around the classroom, you’re going to be pretty happy. The Library of Congress announced and launched the first titles in its series of free Student Discovery Sets. The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and [...]

The GPO expands free eBook access

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Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text [...]

From Karen: Nonfiction eBook Collections: The Pros and Cons

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My friend Hornberger and I are having a conversation about nonfiction ebooks. In a recent post I chatted about my students’ eager acceptance of the EBSCO e-Book Academic Collection. Karen, the librarian at Palisades High School, as well as our PSLA Tech Committee co-chair and blogger, decided to test drive the database herself.  She also [...]

Unglue.it: crowdfunding ebooks

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unglue (v. t.) 2. To make a digital book free to read and use, worldwide. unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook. The crowdfunding of books is a new type of cause and it may allow [...]

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! [...]