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myON literacy toolkit for students

myON is expanding its award-winning digital literacy platform to include a set of literacy tools to further personalize the reading experience for students, while growing instructional capabilities for teachers. These literacy tools will be an addition to myON’s existing digital collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia scaffolds and embedded assessments.

The first set of literacy tools to be released... continue reading →

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Teacher-Created e-Textbooks: A Brave New World At Mercersburg Academy

It’s a boarding school surrounded by mountains, where teachers of ancient prophecy, history, potions, and calculation provide magical textbooks that they create themselves. Not Hogwarts, but Mercersburg Academy, an independent college preparatory school in south-central Pennsylvania where teachers are harnessing the power of 21st-century tools to create the textbooks they have always wanted, tailor-made to suit their students and their... continue reading →

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HOW design LIVE: A conference to help independent publishers grow their business

HOW Design LIVE, features sessions focused exclusively on designing and marketing for digital publishing. This conference strives to meet independent publishers' needs in the editorial, production, marketing, and distribution challenges in today's ever-changing digital marketplace.Your company must grow audiences and market content more dynamically on multiple platforms, including mobilemarquee event. The event isd part of San... continue reading →

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Should Amazon Make Kindles free?

When will the value of ebook content exceed the value of an e-reader?
When you hear the term “loss leader” you think of grocery stores and discount warehouse chains. You don’t think about technology or publishing. Until now. Amazon recently announced price cuts on its Kindle Fire Tablets. The lowest priced model was slashed 10% to $159.

Amazon states production efficiencies are the reason for the price cut. "We've been able to... continue reading →

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Apple iPad and Kindle Fire neck-in-neck on customer satisfaction survey

As more households continue to adopt tablets, the act of sharing these devices has substantial influence on the purchase-decision process and on future brand selection, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1.

Now in its second year, the study measures tablet owner satisfaction among those who have owned their tablet for one year or less. Satisfaction is measured across five key factors... continue reading →

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PlayTales Builder: creation platform for some award winning e-books

DADA Company was named the Fiction category winner of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Awards at the 2013 Bologna Children’s Book Fair this month. The winning story was “Four Little Corners” and was digitally published using PlayTales Builder, a high-tech publishing software system. DADA Company, a Spanish Kids Publisher, develops iOS and Android based interactive children's books and currently has various PlayTalesbuilt stories available on... continue reading →

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Wow! A $13 e-reader!

The German digital documents company "txtr" is not quite a household name in America. But if you're in the publishing industry, you should probably keep this company in mind. txtr is about to blast the e-book market. txtr announced they'll be selling an e-reader that's cheaper than any e-reader's ever been.

This upcoming reader is called the “txtr beagle” wll cost €9.90, which comes out to something under $13 US dollars.  

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Sony Introduces the T2 e-Reader

When parents are considering purchasing an e-reader for their kids, many think about Apple, Amazon, B&N or even LeapPad. But Sony is still in the e-book business and their models also warrant a look.

Sony recently introduced the Reader PRS-T2. For the price of $129 price tag, readers get a black and white touchscreen in a 5.9-ounce package. The T2  comes in black, white, and red.

Parents who monitor internet use beware: The T2 has... continue reading →

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LeapPad2: An e-reader that withstands toddler abuse

Has your preschooler dropped your iPad one too many times? Maybe it’s time to invest in an e-reader that’s designed for the clumsy hands and sticky fingers of the zero to six set.  The LeapPad2 is now available and it’s got a lot of wizzy features that a lot of grown ups would swoon over. Take, for instance, the front-and-back cameras and video recorders and the way-fast processor.
Officially called a “learning tablet,” the LeapPad2... continue reading →

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Chromebook can be an e-reader (if you don’t mind the keyboard)

 

When is a book not a book? When it’s a Chromebook. The name of this new little computer from Samsung and Google sounds appealingly like it’s a new type of e-reader. At $449, this device in the same ballpark price-wise as a tablet.

The Chromebook is really positioned as an alternative to conventional computers running the Mac OS or Windows operating systems. The device has an operating systems based on the Google Chrome web... continue reading →

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Six top questions to answer before you buy an e-book reader

So you’re ready to step away from paper books, but don’t know which e-reader to spend your money on. The e-reader world is confusing (check out this mind-numbing table in Wikipedia). To bring some clarity to the situation, before you make a purchase, be sure to answer these seven questions.

1. Besides reading, what else do you want to do with your e-reader?
This is the number one question. Many e-readers today do a lot more than... continue reading →

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Is Nexus 7 just the right size for kids’ e-books?

 

With its 7-inch display, the Google Nexus 7 may be just the right size for little readers. Many families interviewed by the team at www.e-booksandkids.com are finding that the Apple iPad is a bit to big for their tykes’ little hands. Google offers a table that’s smaller and lighter than what Apple has avaialbe today.

Google's store offers what they call “the world’s largest colletions of eBooks.” Okay, in that large 4-million... continue reading →

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Security Minded Folks: Microsoft Fingerprint Recognition for Tablets

Worried about protecting your tablet against unauthorized use? Security is a big concern for those organizations that plan to lend and share tablets—libraries, schools, and other institutions.

On July 5 Microsoft patented fingerprint ID technology for touch screens. The software company stated, “the touch screen technologies used in conventional tablet computing devices and mobile telephones are not of sufficiently high resolution to... continue reading →

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CNet Wonders if Apple can revolutionize the classroom

What do educators want most of all? They want learning to happen in their classrooms. But what does learning really mean? Does it mean sitting still in a chair and silently reading a book made of paper? Or does it mean interacting with a video-musical-interative app? Does the medium really matter... as long as, at the end of the day, the children know something they didn't know before? Does it have to be a paper book that delivers that... continue reading →

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B&N introduces $50 Nook headphones

Now kids can listen along as they read on their Nook e-readers with the new headphones from Barnes and Noble. This sweet-looking set costs $50 and looks like the bookseller is making a solid move into electronics hardware sales.

By the way, is the correct term "earphones" or "headphones"? If anyone knows the difference, let us know!