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Libboo Introduces “Pay-What-You-Want” Model

Libboo, an “advocacy marketing” platform for authors, is lowering price resistance in order to drive wide usage and prove its value to the market. The early-stage startup is introducing a Pay-What-You-Want (PWYW) Model for a limited time. As the name suggests, authors choose their own subscription price.

“Authors are struggling to be heard above the noise,” said Chris Howard, Founder and CEO of Libboo. “We offer what’s probably the... continue reading →

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FollettShelf Offers Digital Bookshelf For Schools With HTML5

Follett announced a new back-to-school release of its popular FollettShelf hosted digital bookshelf, which includes a new HTML5 reading environment for Follett eContent called Follett Enlight. The new release of FollettShelf provides schools with universal access to quality K-12 eContent in a consistent virtual learning space that promotes critical thinking skills through reading, studying and note taking.

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Goodreads offers Free e-books for Teens

Goodreads offers free ebooks for teens at http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/23017.FREE_Ebooks_For_Teens

Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion... continue reading →

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Half of kids say they’d read more books for fun with ebooks

In the fourth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report™, a national survey released today, kids age 6-17 and their parents share their views on reading in the increasingly digital landscape and the influences that impact kids’ reading frequency and attitudes toward reading.

The study, a biannual report from Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and the Harrison Group, a leading... continue reading →

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Q&A with First Books, Free Reads for Children

What is First Book?
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 100 million free and low cost books in thousands of communities. First Book now has offices in the U.S. and Canada.
When was First Book founded?
First Book President, Kyle Zimmer, founded First Book with... continue reading →

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Tales2Go wins eSchool News 2013-14 Readers’ Choice Award

Tales2Go Inc., the leading provider of streaming audiobooks for the K-8 marketplace has been awarded an eSchool News 2013-14 Readers’ Choice Award.  Tales2Go was selected as a top educational technology product/service that has had the greatest impact in schools, according to readers of eSchool News.  Listening to audio books increases reading scores, as proficient reading is a result of listening comprehension (i.e. vocabulary and... continue reading →

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Chicago Students Read 84,800 books in 2 Months with myON Reader

Students at Chicago Public School’s Florence Nightingale Elementary School have wasted no time exploring the more than 4,000 enhanced digital books that they have access to through the PLUS Tech (Personalized Libraries to Uplift Students) initiative offered through Chicago Public School’s (CPS) Department of Libraries and myON.

PLUS Tech is a technology-training program created by the CPS Department of Libraries to deliver online... continue reading →

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Tales2Go wins Tillywig Brain Child Award

Tales2Go Inc., the leading provider of streaming kids’ audiobooks to schools and parents has been awarded a Tillywig Brain Child Award.  Tillywig’s mission is to provide retail buyers, news media, parents and consumers with product information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace.  Listening to audio books raises reading scores, since proficient reading is the result of listening comprehension... continue reading →

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Fan Fiction Stories Have a New Hub: Kindle Worlds

Fans of series and franchises now have a new outlet for their creativity. Kindle Worlds is a new a place where people can publish fan fiction. Fan fiction includes stories with characters, settings, and inspirations from popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. The camazing thing is, with Kindle Worlds, teh obsessed can now you can write in licensed worlds and earn up to a 35% royalty.

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Software Developers: A contest to improve book discovery

What is next for electronic books? How are readers going to find the next big book? HarperCollins is interested in finding the answer that's why they created the BookSmash Challenge (Break the Binding). HarperCollins is offering prize money and recognition to any software developers who create an innovative app that changes the way readers experience and discover books.

The contest is open to developers of apps for smartphones,... continue reading →

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UK Publisher Me Books Now In USA

Me Books, the multi-award winning independent digital children’s book shop for the iPad and iPhone is proud to announce the launch of Me Books USA.

Me Books are the ultimate digital reading experience for children. Me Books boast unique ‘draw and record’ technology; meaning storytellers can ‘Read. Listen. Record. Save’ up to three versions of each tale. Created by family run London studio ‘Made in Me’, Me Books present an all new... continue reading →

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Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards Storia

Cynopsis Kids has awarded Storia, the teacher-recommended ebook and ereading app created by Scholastic, with an !magination Award as best Educational Tablet-Based App. The Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards honor outstanding TV programming for toddlers, kids and teens, in addition to games and e-books and marketing campaigns. Accepting the award for Storia was Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media, who oversaw the design and... continue reading →

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Berenstain Bears E-Book Offers Personalization

A personalized edition of The Berenstain Bears® beloved classic, Home Sweet Tree , is now available exclusively at Put Me In The Story, which takes bestselling children’s books by celebrated and award-winning authors and integrates personalization—creating customized books that make your child the star of treasured children’s stories.

Now parents will be able to create a personalized book that integrates their child’s name throughout... continue reading →

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54% of young adults wish libraries offered more e-books

Libraries should offer more e-books, according to young Americans ages 16 to 29. This finding was revealed in a recent study by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life. 57% of the survey's respondants feel libraries need a broader selection of digital books. 34% answered "maybe" to the idea of offering more e-books. Only 4% said libraries "should definitely not" offer more digital texts.

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Sparkup Magical Book Reader

A new product has arrived that promises to reignite both children’s and their loved ones’ interest in reading. The Sparkup ® Magical Book Reader is an innovative device that merges the non-digital world of printed books with the benefits of today’s technology.

“Sparkup’s unique, intuitive technology makes reading with your child easier, more interactive and loads of fun!” s ays Dr. Michael Levine, Director of Sesame Street’s Cooney... continue reading →