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I have a $5,000 e-reader grant, Nook owner (spouse has taken possession!) Have a committee. Trying to wade throught all the ins and outs, right now stumped on purchase of e-book titles. Business manager says state board of accounts "frowns" on gift cards but have talked to other people in our state who seem to use gift cards on a regular basis.
Very excited about implementing the grant but feel stuck right now.
Congratulations on your grant! Where did you receive it from?
Bloomington Jr. High School, Bloomington, IL. 1200 students in the school, 45% low income. We hope to get 20-36 Kindles with technology department funding. Our high school will receive the same # of Kindles. We were originally looking at Nooks or Sony Readers due to their ability to check out public library books, but our tech director loves Kindles and since he is footing the bill, we'll go along with this. We also feel that financially we're a few years away from offering eBooks for library checkout and also hope that the price for that service will come down.
Both the high school media specialist and myself plan to initially use these with our book clubs, as we feel that this is a manageable way to get our feet wet and see how this works with students. I am like others who have posted here in that I'm struggling with how to manage Amazon accounts and what to order (I really do not want to share with the high school; I feel it's preferable that we each have our own account). I am also very nervous about damage, loss or theft; I plan to require that a parent or guardian of each book club member attend a brief meeting with me and sign an agreement of responsibility before handing over a Kindle to a student. If anyone can offer advice concerning this, it would be appreciated.
In theory I think I'm finally making some progress on purchasing my e-readers and e-books, at least on paper. I'll be buying Nook's partly because even though I love Amazon personally, I like dealing with real people at the bookstore. Even though the store is an hour away the manager said he would send someone to do a training for us. I was assured by our local B & N manager that with a Nook you can buy a single title and load it on as many Nook's as you own. I like that because it will make management easier. Sticking point number one, that pesky credit card that absolutely must be on each device will hopefully be solved by the purchase of a Wal-Mart secured credit card. The B & N manager called Wal-Mart and was told there are no fees for these cards. That number can be put on all e-readers. I'm donating that card myself. The purchase of books will be accomplished with gift cards. Our corp has made a special gift card policy, mostly for this project I think. One of the State Board of Accounts auditors is the brother of our staff and he was good enough to explain that we could use gift cards to buy our e-books because we weren't giving anything away. Th policy has to do mostly with keeping good records of what is purchased and exactly how to set up the accounts.
Now, before I actually go to the store can someone answer two questions that are bopping around in my head?
1.Has anyone purchased the extended warranties?
2. What kind of cases are you buying and does anyone have a style or brand they love?
I know someone had a donation from M-edge technologies and I really like the way their cases look but I doubt that they'll be willing to donate cases for everyone who gets an e-reader grant.