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Tablets bring delight to the classroom, benefits can encourage reading

Posted on July 8, 2013

Is it too much to ask that children should experience delight in school? Delight and learning don’t need to be polar opposites. Educator Maria Montessori once said, “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”

But in most K-12 educational institutions, student happiness seems to be pretty low on the priority list.

It’s easy to see why. If every student is pursuing his or her own delight, a... continue reading →

What Every Kids’ E-Book Publisher Needs To Know About COPPA

Posted on June 30, 2013

The U. S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) designed to protect the privacy of children in the digital world. This ruling has been amended to clarify the ruling and close some loopholes that have allowed app developers to collect children's data as they play with apps on smartphones and tablets.

On July 1, 2013 the amendement to the COPPA rulings (approved in December... continue reading →

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Several Libraries offer new e-book programs for children

Posted on June 25, 2013

OHIO: The Avon Branch Library has a program to help patrons learn to download eBooks, music, audiobooks and more. Learn about all that can be downloaded through the Lorain Public Library System. Call the Avon Branch Library at 440-934-4743.

OREGON: Salem-Keizer School District launched a virtual middle school library this week with 164 books as part of its expanding eBook collection. Now students can read “The Hunger Games,”... continue reading →

Correlation between free e-books and increased print book sales

Posted on June 21, 2013

Free or not free? Does giving away books make business sense?

Many indie authors and small publishers are using the free book model to increase market share and sales. Does this strategy really work? One set of researchers, John Hilton III and David Wiley, published a peer-reviewed a paper on The Short-Term Influence of Free Digital Versions of Books on Print Sales. This papper was published in 2010 but its results are influential... continue reading →

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9 Websites To Help You Find the Perfect Book

Posted on June 17, 2013

Around 175,000 books are published by traditional publishers every year. Countless others are being self-published every moment. Of those thousands, how many books can an individual read in a year? Twelve? Twenty? How do you decided? Even if you aren’t an avid reader, and you read only a few books a yer, selecting the right one might be even more critical.

“Discovery” is the term the book industry uses for the process readers go... continue reading →

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71 Twitter Hashtags All Authors Should Know

Posted on June 12, 2013

Twitter hashtags are words followed by the tic-tac-toe symbol in the Twitter micro-blog. Hashtags help your Twitter content get found. To use hashtags, just add them to your regular Twitter message and people searching that hashtag will to see your link. You can search hashtags for information you might be interested in, as well, then retweet those posts to your audience.

Below are a few hashtags all authors should use whenever... continue reading →

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Another survey says kids who only read ebooks are poor readers. Is the correlation real?

Posted on June 10, 2013

The UK's National Literacy Trust in a recent report concludes that kids who ebooks read more poorly than those who read paper books. News outlets pick up this news with ensuing public relations buzzing that ebooks are bad for kids. "E-books affect children’s reading level, research says" is the headline of the an article survey with a headline 

To this I say, "Sigh! Not again." And I ask, "Where is the proof?"

The results of a... continue reading →

myON reader Receives AEP Innovation Award

Posted on June 8, 2013

myON, a business unit of Capstone, is thrilled to announce it’s personalized literacy solution, myON reader was named  an Innovation Award Winner the Association of Educational Publishers.  AEP announced winners in all categories at their 46th annual AEP Innovation Awards Gala, held June 4th in Washington, DC.

Each year, AEP receives hundreds of entries for each award category, reporting a record number of submissions in 2013. ... continue reading →

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Ruckus Media Develops Technology For Remote Ebooks Sharing

Posted on June 6, 2013

Ruckus Media Group, an independent family entertainment company, has received a grant from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) to build Read Together While Apart ™ (RWTA) Technology, a collaboration infrastructure that will run on networked mobile and non-mobile devices and supports a parent and their child reading Ruckus’ eBooks together and playing interactive games in the eBook while the parent and the child are not... continue reading →

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Sherman Alexie and Laurie Halse Anderson on Censorship

Posted on June 3, 2013

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has released several videos of bestselling authors Sherman Alexie and Laurie Halse Anderson discussing how to fight the censorship of Young Adult books. Alexie and Anderson were one of the hits of the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute in Kansas City in February. More than 150 booksellers provided an enthusiastic audience for a panel discussion featuring the... continue reading →

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Four Top YA Editors Discuss the Impact of Digital Books

Posted on May 31, 2013

What’s the impact of digital on Young Adult (YA) books? At Book Expo America’s Bloggers Conference earlier this week, four editors of discussed how they approach digital. “Digital is the container,” said Deb Noyes, Editor at Candlewick Press, “What’s most important is the content.” The stories themselves are more important than whether the audience discovers them on paper, onscreen, or even as an audio book.

Digital doesn’t impact the... continue reading →

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Teens show us what’s next for e-books

Posted on May 27, 2013

Want to know what’s next for ebooks, tablets, e-readers, and mobile connectivity? Take a close look at teenagers’ behavior.

“In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and co-author of the report, Teens and Technology 2013.

Teens... continue reading →

Tablets create delight in education

Posted on May 23, 2013

Is it too much to ask that children should experience delight in school? Delight and learning don’t need to be polar opposites. Educator Maria Montessori once said, “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”

But in most K-12 educational institutions, student happiness seems to be pretty low on the priority list.

It’s easy to see why. If every student is pursuing his or her own delight, a... continue reading →

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Libraries: Do they offer enough ebooks?

Posted on May 20, 2013

A self-published novel, The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken, was the best-selling ebook on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble during the week ending April 13, 2013. This statistic demonstrates a major shift in our literary ecosystem—self-published books have become culturally important.

Our society is now producing relevant books—books worth reading, books impacting our culture—from individuals, not just publishing houses. This is a significant... continue reading →

Worldwide Tablet Market Surges Ahead on Strong First Quarter Sales, Says IDC

Posted on May 17, 2013

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 1, 2013 – Worldwide tablet shipments continue to surge, growing 142.4% year over year in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Tablet shipments totaled 49.2 million units in 1Q13, surpassing that of the entire first half of 2012. With growth fueled by increased market demand for smaller screen devices,... continue reading →

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