Category Archives: eReaders/eBooks

Hooray to Simon & Schuster for dropping the “Buy It Now” requirement on their ebooks!

In June, when Simon & Schuster made their ebooks available only to libraries who agreed to add a “Buy It Now” option to their catalog, I was torn between two important promises libraries make to kids and families: we will … Continue reading

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Authors & ALA #alaac14

Have you ever come home from ALA, read an ARC, and were sad because you loved the book but didn’t meet the author? I have. How do you remedy this? Read as many ARCs as you can so that you … Continue reading

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Marketing eBook Collections

Many libraries that offer eBook collections may have seen steady growth over time, but there’s always room for increased ways to build the hype and use of digital collections. At my library there are still many families who are unaware … Continue reading

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Overdrive update at #ALAmw14

I’m finishing my second cup of coffee at the Overdrive Roadmap Breakfast when CEO Steve Potash tells us that the company is working on creating a standard format for “enhanced children’s books.” One that will take them out of the app store ghetto, that will … Continue reading

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Checking Out Digital Content at ALA Midwinter

There are plenty of opportunities to check out what’s new in digital content at ALA this week. Headed to the Exhibits Opening Reception Friday night? Take time to thank publishers who have recently started or expanded ebook sales to libraries. … Continue reading

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Pat the Bunny

When it’s time to decide which books to put on your children’s bookshelves, there is a digital decision to be made as well – should I buy the app for that? Although I normally use this space to chat about … Continue reading

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How many reading apps does one kid need?

Kids’ reading platforms are proliferating like crazy. The best offer a great reading experience and some great books. But none of them have all the best books. And only a few are available to libraries. Why do kids have to … Continue reading

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“Screen Time” is Bad

“Screen time” is bad for children. “Screen time” shouldn’t enter into professional discourse concerning services for children in libraries. “Screen time” is detrimental to our professional practice and distracts from the core values of librarianship. The phrase “screen time” is … Continue reading

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