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You remember Jeff Bezos's stated mission to make reading "frictionless"? Well, in some macro sense, circa 2009, he has accomplished his mission. But this is 2013, people, and when I want to load a copy of a public domain title onto my Kindle to read for free the experience should be, well, frictionless.…Continue
Overdrive is using its position as “middleman” between the publishers and the libraries in a way that truly benefits readers. It’s “Big Library Read” program makes unlimited copies of a book it selects available through public libraries that use its service, instead of limiting the number of checkouts to the number of copies that the library has purchased...
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Here at Southwestern, all of the HS libraries own Kindles that we load and then lend out just like books. We will NOT be using WhisperCast, since it would prevent us from using the cost effective 1:6 ratio. Also, we were not interested in our District managing our Kindles for us, as we feel we understand the mission and purpose of each of our school libraries better than they do. So we were planning on not using WhisperCast anyway, the keeping of the 1:6 ratio was a bonus, as we…Continue
My school has been given 50 simple touch nooks as a gift. It is our first step into electronic devices and any advice that can be offered will be most gratefully received. All we have done so far is to register them, each in account with six books. I have heard from a number of sources that Barnes and Noble are really wonderful to work with.
Well, my school has decided to take the plunge (in the shallow end of course) for implementing Nooks as a 1:1 device starting with our Freshman next year. We started this adventure this school year by purchasing Nooks for all teachers and classroom sets (30) for each of our English classes. It has been an adventure so far, with most of the challenges coming from managing the devices. We decided not to go B&N managed in order to keep the 1:6 title ratio, but I can tell you that it is…Continue
At a 1:1 school, all of our students can access the Kindle App on their Lenovo tablets. This is great for public domain texts. It is great for me to use as I teach by projecting the App onto the board so that we can do close readings of a passage. But, it is frozen in time. No updates, no changes, no improvements. It feels like the App is the red headed stepchild at Amazon.
Here is what I want: I want to be able to tag my notes and then search my notes and sort my notes…Continue
I have 12 kindles that are in constant circulation among my MS/HS students.When a new book in a series is released I want to let the students know but don't want to add more emails to their very…Continue
I just got 60 Kindles for my International School Library...see the attached PDF of a Power Point I created about how we processed and organized them. I have made some tweaks that are not on this…Continue