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Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written

Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written | technologies | Scoop.it
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OpenLibrary’s main goal is to create a webpage for every book ever written. 
 That in itself makes this a hugely valuable resource, but what really makes it stand out is its eBook library. 
 At the time of posting this, it offers more than 1,000,000 free eBooks that can be “borrowed” in either PDF, ePub, or online form.
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Zing! Free access to thousands of eBooks.

Zing! Free access to thousands of eBooks. | technologies | Scoop.it

FREE EBOOKS FOR TEACHERS AND LEARNERS! Unlimited free access to thousands of incredible eBooks for practitioners and their learners. 

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On Zing users can browse for books by...
   ● topic,
   ● language, or
   ● reading level.
They can read the books in their web browser on a laptop or tablet. However, Zing is more than just a repository of free eBooks.
In the Zing reader learners will find a built-in dictionary and tools for taking notes while they read.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/H6SRVI10Jj4 is well worth looking at to see some of the features of Zing

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Heather Harriso's curator insight, October 23, 2015 10:19 PM

E-books are not going away and here to stay.  Many student hate e-books for academic purposes and can be difficult to maneuver.  I always tell my students to become more familiar with them because they will continue to be faced with e-books.  A site like Zing! is a great resource in learning more about e-books and become more familiar with the format.  For students being forced to use e-books, I recommend to buy a second monitor to view the e-book on one monitor and complete homework on the other. It's the best of both worlds. 

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bookboon: Download free eBooks

bookboon: Download free eBooks | technologies | Scoop.it
Bookboon.com provides 1000+ free eBooks. You can download textbooks and business books in PDF format without registration. The books are financed by a few in-book ads. Bookboon.com is the biggest eBook publisher in the world.
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Bookboon is a website that provides hundreds of free on-line textbooks for learners. The textbooks are written by professors from different universities and they cover different topics and disciplines.
Textbooks can be searched for using criteria such as...
   - popularity,
   - rating, or
   - publication.
The textbooks offered by Bookboon are completely free, however the website requires users to sign up for their newsletter and it also asks for the name of their school and program of study.

Afterwards signing up, users will get a link to download the PDF format of the book they are looking for.

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Cristien Amanada's curator insight, May 20, 2015 6:29 PM

Read More Books to Open your Mind http://readpdfebook.com

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Folger Digital Texts: Shakespeare

Folger Digital Texts: Shakespeare | technologies | Scoop.it
Folger Digital Texts - your source for reliable, expertly edited and encoded Shakespeare texts
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The Folger Shakespeare Library, an invaluable open resource, has released all of Shakespeare’s plays as fully searchable digital texts, downloadable as PDFs, in a free, scholarly edition that makes all of its source code available as well.
The digital text is searchable by act/scene/line, keyword, and page and line number (from the Folger print editions). The free availability of these excellent on-line editions is a great gift indeed.

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NEWSTOEBOOK.COM - Read feeds from Feedly

NEWSTOEBOOK.COM - Read feeds from Feedly | technologies | Scoop.it
Take your news feeds offline to read on your e-reader.
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NewsToEbook now works with Feedly. With it users can download their unread items from Feedly to an EPUB or MOBI ebook file, which they can then read on their...
- offline e-reader
- Kindle,
- Kobo,
- Nook and even their...
- tablet
Setting this up will require adding a bookmarklet to their shortcuts.
Once they’ve done that, they...
- go to Feedly
- Log in, and
- click the bookmarklet.
They’ll be asked what they’d like to download

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Librables | Download free eBooks and documents

Librables | Download free eBooks and documents | technologies | Scoop.it
Your N°1 Place to download free books, eBooks, manuals and documents is Librables. Discover new amazing free eBooks in the Internet.
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Librables – allows users to find a wide range of...
- documents and official manuals (pdf, txt, word, ppt, etc),
- books and
- eBooks.
The default page starts with the best-sellers section.
Tabs allow users to look at...
- Horror
- Fantasy,
- Mystery,
- Suspense,
- Science fiction,
- Thrillers,
- Literary
...and if users are looking for documents or manuals they can use the search button found at the far right of the tabs.

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Chea Socheat's curator insight, March 9, 10:22 AM

Librables – allows users to find a wide range of...
- documents and official manuals (pdf, txt, word, ppt, etc),
- books and
- eBooks.
The default page starts with the best-sellers section.
Tabs allow users to look at...
- Horror
- Fantasy,
- Mystery,
- Suspense,
- Science fiction,
- Thrillers,
- Literary
...and if users are looking for documents or manuals they can use the search button found at the far right of the tabs.

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calibre - E-book management

calibre - E-book management | technologies | Scoop.it
calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Comprehensive e-book software.
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calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a wide range of features divided into the following main categories:
- Library Management
- E-book conversion
- Syncing to e-book reader devices
- Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
- Comprehensive e-book viewer
- Content server for online access to your book collection

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Help your child’s reading with free tips & free ebooks | Oxford Owl

Help your child’s reading with free tips & free ebooks | Oxford Owl | technologies | Scoop.it
Oxford Owl: Help your child’s reading with free tips, phonics support, free ebooks, and the latest reading news. All from Oxford University Press.
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Oxford Owl is a collection of free children’s ebooks for learners ages 3-11. Each ebook has accompanying audio so that learners can choose to read along, or read independently. The books also have activities focusing on reading comprehension and story recall. There are several options for filtering the ebooks including by...
- age,
- book type, and
- by series.
As well as the eBooks visitors will find...
- activities and recommendations for each age group,
- games to print and play, and
- online games with characters from the books and site.
NOTE: Oxford Owl is flash-based. Not ideal at all for a learning environment full of iPads. Luckily, there are solutions. There are several Flash Browsers that you can download for the iPad to view flash content. My current preference is Photon.

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BookResults.com

FREE eBook search engine

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Book Results is a free eBook search engine which learners and practitioners can use to search for free eBooks that are available online.

Just type in the title of the eBook and a list of results will be presented to choose from.

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Learn iBook Author

Learn iBook Author | technologies | Scoop.it

Follow these simple steps to learn how to create your own iBook and send it to the iBookstore!

 

26 iBooks Author How-to Videos

 

iBooks Author is a tool for creating interactive ebooks.

 

Unfortunately, creating content with iBooks Author isn't always as easy as users might hope it is.

 

For many, video tutorials are more helpful.

 

Take a look at this playlist of 25 iBooks Author tutorials from DIY Journo. Each tutorial has its own short video.

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Boundless - The Free Textbook Replacement

Boundless - The Free Textbook Replacement | technologies | Scoop.it

Boundless has launched the public beta version of its brand new site.

 

Boundless is...

- iPad-friendly and works on laptops;

- a way to turn open source information into a simple easy-to-use digital textbook;

- is free;

- generates digital resources for users based on the textbook practitioners and/or learners would normally use in their course(s).

 

Users can still use the printed textbook and use Boundless as a free digital supplement.

 

The new Boundless UI has an instant search feature built into it  and the digital textbooks have no expiration date. They’re not rentals or anything that would cost you money since it’s all open source.

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Technodge

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Online help for Network administrators - Keeping up with Technology

 

Looking for step by step guidance on...

- how to set up System Centre Configuration Manager 2012?

- how to set up Microsoft Application virtualization V5?

 

Download helpful eBooks by Neil Hodgkinson, a Network Administrator.

 

Available at no cost on his blog Technodge.

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Submit Share Ebook PDF

Submit Share Ebook PDF | technologies | Scoop.it
Submit share ebook PDF. Download owner manual, user guide, wiring diagram, tutorial and how to for free.

 

The Aspdf site contains mainly user guides, owner manuals, tutorials and other "how tos".


Users are encouraged to submit their own files or e-books so others can take advantage of them.

 

If they do, they will be subject to the restrictions of copyright if they upload unauthorized material.


There are two major sections, one which has featured documents and another one with the latest additions to the site.


Aspdf call themselves "a compilation of public information available on the internet", and publish the files "as is", without assuming the responsibility of the contents you'll find in the documents or any change that may eventually happen to them.

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200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection

200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection | technologies | Scoop.it
Discover a meta collection of Free textbooks (or "open textbooks") written by knowledgable scholars. A great way to learn and save money...
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This link is basically to a collection of 200 free textbooks spanning different subject categories. These include ...
● art and history,
● biology,
● business and management,
● chemistry,
● classics,
● computer science and information systems,
● earth sciences,
● education,
● history,
● languages,
● law,
● mathematics,
● psychology,
● sociology,
● political science
...and many more.
These open textbooks belong to different universities and colleges most of which are in North America.
eTextbooks are especially useful because of the numerous interactive features and tools they provide including things such as...
● highlighting,
● annotating,
● note taking,
● quick in-built searches,
● easy access
...and many more.
NOTE: While most of the eTextbooks can be read on any digital device, a few of them require special e-readers. Always make sure the eTextbook is compatible with your device before you download, rent or purchase it.
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JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop

JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop | technologies | Scoop.it
JellyBeanScoop Autopub description
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Jellybean Writer and Jellybean Scoop could be good resources for ESOL/ESL/EFL functional skills etc. Learners could read (four reading levels) fun and interesting news stories on Jellybean Scoop then write their own stories about the topics covered in the articles they've read.
When writing, learners can...
   ▪ import pictures from their computers and
   ▪ write captions for each image.
A variety of layout templates, background colours, and fonts are available for them to use.
The resulting stories can be...

   ▪ saved online or

   ▪ downloaded and printed.
If practitioners feel that picture books are too simple for their learners, they can skip using pictures and select one of the text only templates for the pages in their books.
NOTE: 1: Users have to create an account to access the reading questions and writing tools on Jellybean Scoop. 2: Practitioners who create accounts for themselves can also create and manage accounts for their learners.

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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People | technologies | Scoop.it
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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People...

   - is a free ebook created by Toby Rush at the University of Dayton.

   - covers everything from the basics of reading key signatures to advanced topics in composition.

   - can be downloaded in parts or in whole. is released under a Creative Commons license that allows practitioners to use it for instruction.

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Widbook | Write, read and share!

Widbook | Write, read and share! | technologies | Scoop.it
Find great books, publish your own, collaborate and follow authors around the world. Be part of amazing stories on this online platform for book enthusiasts.
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Writing workshops, as an approach to teaching writing, have been around for more than 30 years now.
Writing workshops provide a theoretically sound and pedagogically useful model for writing instruction within learning environment. The main emphasis of this approach is on "teaching the writer then the writing".
Writing workshops rely on a set of core principles and one of these principles is about giving learners the chance to publish and share their works with others. Widbook provides a web tool practitioners can use to publish their students work.
Widbook allows users to easily create and publish e-books.
Learners can import their word documents, use images and videos and share all in one single ebook without the need for any technical knowledge.

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PDFfetch.com - PDF search engine.

PDFfetch.com - PDF search engine. | technologies | Scoop.it
PDFfetch.com - PDF search engine. Fetches pdf files, ebooks, digital publications, presentations and electronic documents
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PDF Fetch – is a search engine to help practitioners and their learners find PDF files.
According to the site, it fetches...
- PDF files,
- eBooks,
- digital publications,
- presentations and
- electronic documents.
Users simply type what kind of PDF file they're searching for, or choose one of the recommended “Top Searches” on the page.
For those who wish to speed up such searches, there are Chrome and Firefox extensions.

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Help Teens Protect Themselves Online

Help Teens Protect Themselves Online | technologies | Scoop.it
Free download from Microsoft: Linda McCarthys book, Own Your Space: Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online, helps parents and kids learn to avoid the dangers of the Internet.
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Own Your Space is a free ebook aiming to educate teens on internet safety.


The Own Your Space ebook goes into great detail about protecting teens and their online spaces.


Avoiding patronizing language or repetitive safety information, Own Your Space is directed towards tech-savvy teens.


Topics covered include...
- how to stay safe on social networking sites,
- keeping private blogs secure, and
- how to deal with cyberbullies.


A great resource for practitioners providing teens with a comprehensive guide to keeping themselves safe online.

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:14 AM

Written by young people, parents and experts in firewalls, networking and wireless systems, as well as advanced Mac and Firefox users. This is a fresh approach to the topic of esafety, digital citizenship and is for anyone who uses the "Net every day and want to know how to secure their systems, preserve their Net lifestyles, and protect their data"

Tina Jameson's curator insight, September 5, 2013 9:59 PM
Any resource which promotes awareness of the need to be 'cyber space saavy' is worth sharing. I found this link would not open directly on the iPad. Works fine on PC.
Trevor Sokolowski's curator insight, May 12, 2015 7:13 PM

It is our job to teach our youth at a young age the dangers of the internet. Giving your kids your credit cards to use freely on the internet is very stupid and could lead to their future and your future savings being wasted. 

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Help your child's maths | Oxford Owl

Help your child's maths | Oxford Owl | technologies | Scoop.it
Oxford Owl: Help your child’s maths with free advice and activities. All from Oxford University Press.
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Oxford Owl is a collection of free children’s...

- Maths eBooks
- Literacy eBooks, with maths on every page,
- Games; and
- Activity Sheets
... for learners ages 3-5 and 5-7.
These fun games, activities and resources are designed to help young learners enjoy maths, practise maths skills and help to build their confidence.

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Teaching Packs

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And here is one for Primary School and/or Family Learning Practitioners and more...
Teaching Packs offers complete packs of resources linked to different topics.
Each pack has a wide range of resources, including...
- eBooks (to share with the class on a large display or for use in guided / independent reading),
- audio quizzes,
- activity sheets and
- display resources.
At the time of curation, the range of packs on offer included...
- The Times Tables Pack (with fourteen audio multiplication quizzes),
- The Punctuation Pack (with a guide to all types of punctuation and lots of activities) and
- The Pirates Pack (including a 30 page eBook and lots of related resources).
There is a small charge for them and learning providers can buy packs on an individual basis or subscribe to the site to access every pack.
We are assured that the site will be growing over the coming months, with new packs added as quickly as they can be made!

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Scitable | Learn Science at Nature

Scitable | Learn Science at Nature | technologies | Scoop.it
From the publisher of Nature and Scientific American, Principles of Science is a series of textbooks designed for the world we live in today.
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Scitable, created by NatureEducation, is an online collaborative space for science learning.

Visitors to the site can...
- browse or search through science articles and ebooks,
- ask experts science-related questions,
- build an online learning environment, or
- share their own content.
Materials on the site are focused on the life sciences, but there are also numerous resources that can help learners start or accelerate a learning journey in science.

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How To Make Your Own eBooks And Publish Them On Amazon

How To Make Your Own eBooks And Publish Them On Amazon | technologies | Scoop.it

Ever wondered if it would be possible to make money from the worksheets / resources / etc., you've created?

 

I’m sure that more than a few practitioners have a half-written book or useful guide that they’ve put together, to help their students learn something.

 

Selling it as an eBook on Amazon would, at least, gain some exposure.

 

The idea isn’t as far-fetched as you might imagine.

 

The process of getting it into Amazon as an eBook isn’t that onerous.

 

This post take readers through the basic steps. It’s that easy!

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Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader | technologies | Scoop.it
eBooks are a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. Whether you’re one of the early adopters, or still sticking religiously to paper books, you must have noticed how easy it’s become to get your hands on an eBook.

 

This post provides some great apps that will help users enjoy eBooks on their desktop.

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Ebook Search & Free Ebook Downloads - Ebookbrowse.com

Ebook Search & Free Ebook Downloads - Ebookbrowse.com | technologies | Scoop.it

ebook browse allows users to...

- browse for documents,

- upload and share their own documents, and

- download the documents that other people make available.

 

Users can make their documents available online for others to read, they just upload them to ebook browse and...

- share the link or

- embed them into a blog or vle or website using the embed code provided by ebook browse.

 

ebook browse is a tool that learners could use to upload coursework and then use the embed code provided to display their documents in their ePortfolios.

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