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Our secondary librarians are looking to add ebooks and audiobooks we purchase from Follett to our collection.  Has anyone already added the "shelf"?  My understanding is that any ereader which can connect to the Internet can be used to download the books (except Kindles).  I would appreciate any comments or advice on purchasing ebooks; we are looking at spending approximately $2000 this summer on ebooks and don't want to waste our money on resources which are a hastle for kids to use.  Thanks.

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Lori,

 

One consideration may be sharing the eBooks between readers.  I talked with my Follett representative this last week and discovered that you are able to load the eBook on a single reader only.  Amazon allows the eBook to be loaded on 6 devices at a time.  Follett's approach seems more expensive on the surface.  I would be interested in what you think.

Lori,

I didn't realize that Follett was allowing downloading to e-readers.  I don't see that info on their website yet - hope it's true!

I recently attended the AASL National Conference and this was a hot topic.  Actually with Amazon a single user is allowed to download a book on up to 6 devices.  In other words, I could download the same book on my computer, my Kindle, my android phone, my iPad, and my iPod because Amazon assumes I will only be reading the book on one device at a time.  I cannot download the same book on my computer, my husband's computer, my child's computer, my other child's iPod, etc.

 

I just visited with my Follett rep yesterday regarding the purchase of ebooks.  Follett ebooks can currently be downloaded as .epub for Nook and Sony readers.  It is also currently available for any tablet with flash, iPads, any computer or laptop.  If you currently use Destiny for your library management Destiny and FollettShelf do no communicate together.  Beginning December 19th FollettShelf and Destiny will merge.  Also at that time Follett will be putting out an app for the iPhone/iPad and the Android.  When students check out an ebook from FollettShelf/Destiny any notes, bookmarks, and highlights stay with the user.  So if the book is "returned" and the student checks it out again, as long as he/she bookmarked their last page and made notes, etc. they will still be there when they check it out again.  The bookmarks, etc. will not show up for the next person to check the book out.

Follett will allow having the Marc record in your Destiny collection and/or the FollettShelf.  My personal preference is to only have the Marc record as I feel the look of the FollettShelf is too young looking for a college prep high school.  Also, right now (until Dec. 19th) it would mean having a second location for students to log in to find the ebooks. 

Jan Snyder said:

Lori,

 

One consideration may be sharing the eBooks between readers.  I talked with my Follett representative this last week and discovered that you are able to load the eBook on a single reader only.  Amazon allows the eBook to be loaded on 6 devices at a time.  Follett's approach seems more expensive on the surface.  I would be interested in what you think.

How has your project turned out? We bought some Follett titles over the summer (2012) and the response has been luke warm. However, some of their titles allow us to have simultaneous use so that is nice. As for Amazon, how are they checking on whether or not the 6 devices are actually used by one person or not.

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