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To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs

To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

You may have seen the recent big news that Harper Lee has finally agreed to allow an eBook version of To Kill a Mockingbird to be released for the very first time. We’re happy to announce that the title is ready for sale in OverDrive Marketplace now, though its release date is not until July. You can add it to your school or public library catalog immediately, and accept holds that will be filled when the eBook is published.


To order this classic title and see some other very big authors and titles newly available in eBook format, check out this cart: Starring Harper Lee: Best of the Backlist. You’ll find bestselling titles from authors like Arthur Hailey, James Michener, Isabel Allende and more—newly available in eBook format for libraries and schools. Enjoy!

Cindy Orr is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.


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A classic in a new format.

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Classic in a new format!

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How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning

How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
What's the difference between an ebook, an app and an interactive ebook? We explain.

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Joyce Valenza School Library Trendspotting « NeverEndingSearch

Joyce Valenza School Library Trendspotting « NeverEndingSearch | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

When Joyce Valenza speaks I listen.  By folllowing experts you learn quite a bit. This recent blog post details library media issues for the coming year.  Topics include:


Learning Commons/iCentre/Libratory/Kitchen
Creative Commons
Scaling open educational resources:
YA Lit as fan culture and serious genre:
Free, really, really good, professional development:
Mobility of Program
What to do about ebooks 

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Slide Share: Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital Age

At the School Library Journal Leadership Summit 2011, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie looked at the “state of reading” in the digital age by going through (Check out this SlideShare presentation : Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital ...)...

 

Reading as a social contact sport? Provocative ideas and interesting statistics and graphics make this slide show worth clicking through!  


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Print is dying: E-readers start slaughtering print book sales (infographic) | VentureBeat

Print is dying: E-readers start slaughtering print book sales (infographic) | VentureBeat | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
If you believe in karma, it should come as no surprise that e-readers are slowly killing off print books — perhaps in retaliation for all those trees murdered over the years.

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E-readers prove easy on the eye for some dyslexics

E-readers prove easy on the eye for some dyslexics | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Lots of visual space makes processing text easier for a subset of dyslexics.


In a paper published in the journal PLOS One, the authors found that a group of dyslexic teenagers showed greater reading comprehension when using an iPod Touch e-reader than when asked to read from paper. The e-reader was formatted to display around nine lines of text on the screen at a time, with only two or three words in each line, leaving fewer visual distractions. The authors therefore concluded that this improvement is due to the reduced demands on visual attention when reading from the iPod.

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When will iBooks become the norm in schools?

When will iBooks become the norm in schools? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"There has been a push to replace books in the educational arena for some time now. This push hasn’t been in Washington or school board meeting rooms even though they are happening there as well. The big push is happening in the minds of students who are growing increasingly tablet-savvy and almost “spoiled” to the point that paper-products are old, almost archaic."

There is an infographic with this article that looks at the ongoing debate called 'Can Apple Do It Again? How Apple's iBooks will change the way we iLearn."


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Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries

Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This is a comprehensive artile from by Charles Hamaker
Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services
Atkins Library, University of North Carolina–Charlotte

 

Perhaps the greatest impediment for the transition from the tradition of the printed book to the ebook comes from the malleability of the etext. While it might not matter to the occasional or recreational reader, the ebook presents a host of challenges for the role of the book as transmitter, carrier, and shaper of our written word cultural heritage.


Ubiquitous web and print ads tell individuals and libraries to “buy” ebooks. But long-term preservation and retention rights to stable content are not the norm, because many resellers and vendors don’t possess those rights from the publisher or author. Instead of true ownership, most ebook “purchases” are more like leases, and leases with few residual rights at that. The only way to assure continuing access and storage for an ebook is a permanent download to a device with rights not governed by strict DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems. With content delivered from a hosted service on the web (aka the cloud), the “purchaser” has no control over the content. Even Google Books bears the disclaimer:

 

[I]f Google or the applicable copyright holder loses the rights to provide you any Digital Content, Google will cease serving such Digital Content to you and you may lose the ability to use such Digital Content.


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Reading a book versus a screen: Different reading devices, different modes of reading?

Reading a book versus a screen: Different reading devices, different modes of reading? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
A book or a screen – which of these two offers more reading comfort? There are no disadvantages to reading from electronic reading devices compared with reading printed texts, according to a new study.

 

The study analyzed the differences in reading from various kinds of media (e-book, tablet PC, paper) in two sample groups, young and elderly adults. Each participant read various texts with different levels of complexity on an e-book reader (Kindle 3), on a tablet PC (iPad), and on paper. The reading behavior and the participants' corresponding neural processes were assessed by means of concurrent measures of eye movements (eye tracking) and electrophysiological brain activity (EEG). The criteria that were taken into account and analyzed were changes in the theta frequency band power, reading behavior, text comprehension, and information recall as well as the participants' preferences for the respective medium

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