May 28, 2015

eBooks in Schools: Follett and HarperCollins Partner to Offer 18,000 Ebook Titles For PreK-12 Students

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From Follett: Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers. [Clip] Among the beloved HarperCollins classics that will be available are, “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In addition, students and educators […]

President Obama Announces New Digital Content Program (Ebooks) & ConnectED Library Challenge

UPDATE: The White House has posted a “fact sheet” about the two programs/initiatives announced today 1. Access to eBooks 2. “ConnectED Library Challenge” We will update this post with more info as it becomes available. From an Email by Roberto J. Rodríguez: Deputy Assistant to the President for Education (via DPLA): Through greater access to America’s […]

Child and Consumer Advocates Urge FTC to Investigate Google for Excessive and Deceptive Advertising Directed at Children

From the Center for Digital Democracy: A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy group filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app [that launched  on February 22, 2015] . The complaint […]

Oral History: StoryCorps Formally Launches New Global Platform, iOS and Android Apps Available

From a Library of Congress Blog Post by Nicole Saylor: [On Wednesday] we celebrate[d] the official release of StoryCorps.me, a global platform where anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview. This effort is a wish come true for StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, the 2015 recipient of the TED Prize. The prize comes with $1 million […]

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

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The new, second edition of the The World Through Picture Books Catalogue was posted online today by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). and was edited by edited by Annie Everall OBE and Viviana Quiñones. The complete book runs 222 pages (PDF). Printed copies should also be available for sale sometime next month. The book […]

UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

From UMass Amherst: Libraries throughout the U.S. are implementing new technologies to adapt to the changing habits of the digital age by adding additional services such as wireless Internet (97.5 percent), e-readers (25.4 percent) and tablets (16.5 percent). But technology is also driving a different trend that is redefining the very role that libraries play. […]

This Thursday: U.S. House of Rep. Hearing “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” Will Be Streamed Live

UPDATE A live stream of the hearing will be available on YouTube. Access the stream here. — For those of you interested in privacy and technology here’s an event that you might want to know about. A congressional hearing titled, “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” is scheduled to take place before the Subcommittee on […]

Coming Next Month: Three E.B. White Classics Will Be Released as Ebooks For the First Time

From the AP: Three E.B. White classics read by millions of parents to their children will soon be available on the digital screen. HarperCollins announced Wednesday that “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “The Trumpet of the Swan” can be purchased as e-books starting March 17. White’s granddaughter Martha White told The Associated Press that family […]

Amazon Moves Into Textbook Publishing With Launch of KDP EDU and Kindle Textbook Creator

Last week Amazon.com signed Woody Allen to create a tv program for Prime, earlier this week the company announced a move into theatrical films, and today it’s textbooks. From Amazon.com: Amazon.com today announced KDP EDU, a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) designed to help educators and authors easily prepare, publish, and promote eTextbooks […]

New Apps: Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” Mobile App

A new app (it’s free) from the Smithsonian Institution. From the Smithsonian: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History released a new mobile app “Skin and Bones”. The free app is available for download in the App Store and reinvents how visitors to the museum can experience select specimens on view in its historic “Bone […]