January 26, 2015

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 […]

Missouri: St. Louis County Library’s New “Born to Read” Will Give Free Books to Newborns and Parents

An inspiring new program in STL. Kudos to the SLCL team!!! We look forward to learning more about this program as 2015 gets underway. From St. Louis Public Radio: A new program aimed at promoting early childhood literacy is giving free books to newborns, starting in January. Through its “Born to Read” program, St. Louis […]

OverDrive: Streaming Video From MGM Now Available For Library Lending in U.S. and Canadian Public and School Markets

From OverDrive: OverDrive announced today a new addition to its digital video catalog: streaming video titles from MGM are now available for library lending. Supplementing a digital video catalog of more than 13,000 quality, in-demand streaming videos, popular and award-winning movies from MGM are now available to library partners in the OverDrive network in the […]

40 Dr. Seuss Titles Now Available For Public and School Libraries in U.S. and Canada From OverDrive

Forty Dr. Seuss titles  in EPUB3 fixed-layout format are now available from OverDrive. From OverDrive’s Announcement: Dr. Seuss titles, published by Random House Children’s Books, include some of the most beloved children’s titles of all time. Titles include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, How the Grinch Stole Christmas,Oh the Places You’ll Go! and many more. […]

FCC Approves E-Rate Reboot Order

From The Hill: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to increase fees on phone users in order to boost funding for a program that provides Internet connections for schools and libraries. The rule would increase the funding cap on the E-rate program by $1.5 billion, to a total of $3.9 billion per year. All […]

Washington: No Library Card? No Problem, If You’re A Tacoma Middle School Or High School Student

From the The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA): Teen services librarian Sara Sunshine Holloway was tired of telling kids “no.” Often, she said, students would come to the Tacoma Public Library for an event or program. They’d get excited about the library, and ask to check out a book or CD. But without a library card, […]

NY Times: FCC Chairman Expected to Propose 62% Increase in Funding Used to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

UPDATE 4 New: Fact Sheet: FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Plan To Reboot The E-Rate Program To Meet The Needs Of 21st Century Digital Learning (5 page, PDF; via FCC.gov) UPDATE 3 ISTE Applauds FCC Chairman’s E-Rate Proposal UPDATE 2 Statement From FCC on Proposed Reboot Plan UPDATE ALA President Comments on the News From The NY […]

UNESCO, Nature Education, and Roche Partner to Launch World Library of Science (WLoS)

From Today’s Launch Announcement: Launched on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014, the WLoS (World Library of Science) is a science resource library stocked with over 300 top-quality articles, 25 eBooks, and over 70 videos from the publishers of Nature, the most cited scientific journal in the world. Users can […]

HarperCollins Releases Enhanced Ebook Version of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The enhanced ebook was released today by HarperCollins. From the AP: [The enhanced ebook] features a 1964 radio interview with Lee, who rarely speaks to the media. The regular e-book for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee’s only novel, came out in July. HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis says the new “Mockingbird” edition had received 6,500 pre-orders, […]