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Almost 30% of teens use eReaders, according to Stage of Life Survey

Posted on August 23, 2013

In an effort to better understand the reading habits of teens and the positive impact of reading in a teenager's life, StageofLife.com, a writing community for teens and college students, asked young adults from across the US to participate in its “Books and Teens” survey and writing contest.

8,500+ people visited StageofLife.com during the monthly survey and writing prompt with 400+ students completing the national literacy poll, and... continue reading →

Blink, a new young adult imprint, sponsors Teen Read Week

Posted on July 25, 2013

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year, Teen Read Week takes place Oct.13-19. It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. 

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announces that Blink, a new young adult imprint of Zondervan... continue reading →

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013

Posted on July 23, 2013

Want to learn using the apps? Today, many apps provide valuable educational experiences. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has compiled a list of the 25 apps and provides a new technology resource for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.

The selection committee developed an evaluation criterion for vetting apps in five distinct categories – books; science technology engineering and math (STEM);... continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Posted by BB in E-book Marketing Tips

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 →

The Streaming Ebooks Distribution Model for Schools

Posted on May 13, 2013

One ebook, one device, for one child. It makes sense if you’re a parent looking to provide reading material for your son or daughter. It makes sense if you’re a publisher using the traditional book sales model for your digital book list. But this model is not always practical for K-12 schools and their libraries because it doesn’t solve a couple of significant problems.

Problem 1: School platform woes

First, let’s look at what the... continue reading →

Posted by BB in E-book Marketing Tips

A store for the energy that fuels the imagination—and other definitions of “Library”

Posted on April 24, 2013

Here are some great quotes about libraries, thanks to our friends at eBookFriendly!

Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library. –Walter Savage Landor

Libraries are our friends. –Neil Gaiman

Rule number one: Don’t fuck with librarians. –Neil Gaiman

Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind. –Richard Powers

The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned. –Alberto Manguel

What is more... continue reading →

Free Common Core activities for educators at PowerMyLearning

Posted on April 22, 2013

Digital tools help in remediation—but teachers need to know they're Common Core aligned.
Today’s kids are eager to use technology, so when their school day includes digital tools, they are more apt to approach their assignments with enthusiasm. But educators who want to include digital learning tools to their classes face a few challenges.

Challenge 1: Quality

It's not easy for educators to simply serve up digital learning tools... continue reading →

E-Book Lending by Libraries Grows

Posted on April 9, 2013

E-book borrowing from libraries has increased a bit in the last twelve months. The numbers still are very low, but they are inching up. Last year, 3% of library users borrowed an e-book from a library. That number has increased to 5% in 2013, accordingto the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Pew found that "there is growing public awareness that the vast majority of public libraries now lend e-books." This awareness was at 24%... continue reading →

Younger teachers more comfortable with technology than older teachers

Posted on April 8, 2013

Younger teachers use technology in their classrooms with more confidence than teachers aged 55 and older, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project.

Though the majority of teachers use technology in their jobs, older teachers use digital tools less frequently in their classrooms and are more likely to admit that... continue reading →