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“Our minds often wander, but can our souls?” Asks New YA Book by A. L. Waddington

Young Adults love the paranormal. In Essence, the first book in the new YA Series by A. L. Waddington, teenage Jocelyn lives two different but interconnected lives, in different time eras. As the boundaries between her two realities crumble, she begins to question her own sanity.

Essence is being introduced this week with a fun contest: You can enter to be a walk-on character with your name Enlightened, which is Book 2 of the EVE... continue reading →

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Nook Gives $5 To New Users for E-books

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), one of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today reminds new NOOK owners of the special welcome offer for those unwrapping a new NOOK tablet or eReader this holiday season. The perfect way to experience all that NOOK has to offer, customers receive a $5 credit to spend on digital books, apps, movies, TV shows, newspapers or... continue reading →

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Exploracise launches eBook series that donates to children’s charities

“That’s boring” were the two words that launched a new adventure series to educate kids on healthy eating. Aaron, son of Exploracise® founder Carrie Scheiner, told his mom that her idea of creating a games eBook on nutrition and math was boring. “Why not make a comic book so kids have fun learning about nutrition?” asked Aaron. That conversation sparked a partnership and collaboration to launch the Exploracise® Fun Wise™ Adventures... continue reading →

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The Reading Room.com: Children’s Literature, Social Commentary & Cookbooks Make This Year’s List

With the holiday season only a few months away, it’s time to start thinking about all of those “impossible to buy for” friends and family.  Books represent the perfect stocking stuffer and, this Christmas and Hanukkah, there are some fantastic new reads to choose from.  To make your gift giving easier,TheReadingRoom.com has revealed its favorite fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction and children’s books that boast an unbeatable... continue reading →

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BEA Now Cheaper for Book Publishers

BookExpo America (BEA) has teamed up with Freeman Exhibit Services to offer exhibitors a new pre-fab package that substantially lessens the overhead costs associated with traditional booth build out. The stylized packages have been created specifically to incentivize new and emerging publishers to participate in North America’s leading book industry event. The booths will incorporate sleek table, chair and display units to simplify the... continue reading →

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OverDrive school digital libraries update with enhanced metadata, recommendation features

When teachers, students and parents visit their school’s OverDrive-powered digital library website, they will find a fully-updated user interface providing a more informative, user-friendly experience. New features include enhanced metadata, robust search tools, filters and improved title detail pages and menus to make finding a title easier. Users are now able to search for titles based on standardized reading level information such as... continue reading →

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Self published titles up 59% over previous year

A new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.

“The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,”... continue reading →

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The intersection between Digital Learning and Common Core

Digital Learning Now! (DLN), a national initiative under the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), in association with Getting Smart, has published a new ebook, "Navigating the Digital Shift: Implementation Strategies for Blended and Online Learning." The ebook explores the implementation challenges at the intersection of digital learning and the Common Core State Standards.


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Magic Tree House® Reading Buddies Week

Mary Pope Osborne (@MaryPopeOsborne), ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy and bestselling author, will kick off the first annual Magic Tree House Reading Buddies Week (#readingbuddies) in New York City on Friday, October 11, at the 92nd Street Y. This was announced today by Mallory Loehr, Vice President, Publishing Director of the Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group. Reading Buddies Week (10/12–10/19) is a... continue reading →

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“Buy and Donate” Program in Libraries from Kobo & 3M

3M Library Systems is making the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending System even more beneficial for participating libraries with a new "Buy and Donate" feature supported by Kobo, a global leader in eReading. The new program gives libraries the option to add a Buy and Donate button to their 3M Cloud Library website. When patrons click the button, they will be taken to the Kobo Bookstore to finalize their digital book purchases. 3M will... continue reading →

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McDonald’s to Package Ebooks with Happy Meals

In time for National Family Literacy Day on Nov. 1, McDonald’s USA is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of a new Happy Meal Books promotion.

From Nov. 1 – Nov. 14, McDonald’s will offer books in print for Happy Meal customers, providing more than 20 million books to families across the U.S. Throughout the two-week Happy Meal Books offer, families will be able to enjoy four original books featuring... continue reading →

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Inkling: A New Model for Highly Visual Books

How will digital technology change learning for the next generation?  Inkling, a San Francisco-based publishing platform believes textbooks will be highly interactive, non-linear, and cloud-based. The titles will integrate all types of media—video, audio, text, photographs—as well as internet capabilities like search and social sharing.

“Our platform is ideal for highly structured, highly illustrated books,” said Dan Jost, Inkling’s... continue reading →

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iStoryTime and DreamWorks Enter Digital Publishing Agreement

 iStoryTime, a publisher of children’s storybooks for the iPhone, announced that they have entered into a digital publishing licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) that grants iStoryTime the rights to publish online children’s books based on four of the studio’s properties:  How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After, Megamind and The Penguins of Madagascar.   iStoryTime, which has the largest library... continue reading →

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Brain Hive Adds to Classroom Ebook Catalog, Enhances E-Reading Platform

As more K-12 schools are implementing 1:1 device programs and are searching for ways to support student learning through new technologies, Brain Hive® continues to reimagine the eBook model for schools. Brain Hive, LLC, announced today that it has added several enhancements to its eReading platform, has expanded its eBook collection with award-winning titles from Highlights for Children and Toon Books, and has named a new management... continue reading →

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2nd Annual Big Library Read

More than 6,500 libraries and schools around the world are participating in the 2nd Big Library Read, a two-week program launched this week that enables millions of library patrons and students to simultaneously access and read a popular title. The selected title, "Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth," by Jane O'Connor, is available to be borrowed as a downloadable audiobook (MP3) as well as an eBook on virtually any device, via the... continue reading →