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05 Jul 13

There continues to be a problem that not all books in the Amazon kindle store have real page numbers. If students are expected to cite sources and not allowed to use location numbers, then Amazon can expect the pushback seen on this forum post. Meanwhile, a helpful person on the forum has noted how you can know what to read on the Kindle if your professor or teacher says "read page 80-92" - you can dive into the table of contents on the website and save a copy. This is the only solution. It is time for Amazon to get their act together and have all Kindle ebooks display page numbers if there is a printed copy of the book. If there is not a printed copy of the book, there needs to be a consistent reference point or "page" that all can use for sourcing and citing content.

"1. Look up the book in the in the Amazon Kindle store (where you purchased it).

2. Click on the book where it says "Look Inside." You want to look at the table of contents, which will have the pages numbers for each chapter.

3. It defaults to the "kindle edition," which does not have the page numbers in the table of contents. However, there is a tab above that says "Print Book." Click on that.

4. Once you're on the "Print Book" display, it shows the page numbers in the TOC.

By doing the above, I was able to determine that "the first 26 pages" = Chapters 1 & 2. I used Evernote to take a screen capture of the entire TOC, which I'll refer back to."

05 Jul 13

Information on whispercast and how to sign up. This looks like the system for managing Kindles (you can send content to school owned kindles or personal Kindles) and in fact, you should move towards this. I don't know about moving the books you already have. I do like how you can upload pdf's etc. to distribute.

05 Jul 13

This is a fascinating wiki full of myths and truths about ebook readers. It says it is maintained by the users of the site. I've found it to be quiet accurate as I perused this page. If you have questions about ebooks, this is a great reference.

05 Jul 13

Some rules have changed as I've been reading up on having Kindles at schools. (Back in February I read a spate of posts mentioning that Amazon said that having 6 kindles share one account was just for "personal use" and that libraries can't do it.) But Amazon does have information on Whispercast which lets you handle distributing books. It is a "free self-service online tool" and I'm thinking that it is something we need to be using. It looks like you can also distribute many of the free ebooks onto Kindles. 

16 Apr 13

Awesome post for everyone working with school vision and especially those working with libraries.

24 Feb 13

HOw to borrow Kindle books from your local library. It often requires setup of overdrive here in the US. This is an important skills for modern students, particularly if they have a tablet device, they should know how to check out books from their local library. Don't show them how to use the card catalog, set them up on overdrive and show them how to use it.

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25 Jan 13

"Macmillan will begin their first ebook library lending program by the end of the Q1 2013. They plan to initially test the idea with 1,200 backlist titles from their Minotaur Books imprint. The ebooks will be available via Axis 360, OverDrive, and 3M Cloud Library. Once purchased by a library, the titles can be lent for either 2 years or 52 lends, whichever comes first. All of the books in the program will have the same digital list price."

28 Jan 12

There are schools in Georgia with reading dogs. Yes, reading dogs. These animals stay in the library and kids get to. There and read to the animals. My friend Stephen Rahn shared a pic on Facebook about two he saw yesterday and sas the kids love them. They sit on the floor and read to the dogs as their tails wag and the kids love it. I think this is an amazing idea but ain one about how libraries are bing reinvented. heartwarming!

13 Jan 12

A great post as a litmus test for librarians by one of my favorite experts on the subject, Doug Johnson. Print this out and pass this around at your library as a conversation starter. 

13 Jan 12

In addition to the transition to e-paper, one of the pivotal educational transformations of this age will be that of the library. Librarians who want to remain relevant will engage in the discussions and debates on this important topic. Here is a great article from Europe that you'll want to read.

"We do need to promote modern, relevant services in our current libraries, says Rob Bruijnzeels, founder and rector of the Dutch LibrarySchool. For the long term, however, Bruijnzeels believes that libraries need more than modernizing: They need rethinking, and they need librarians who think differently."

31 Dec 11

Since August 2006 this Media Center has been blogging, sharing links and information. Such useful information here. Sometimes we show by example more than we can say by giving assignments. You can tell students blogging is important but if you don't do it. You can also see how assignment are given on this blog. For teachers and media centers to review who are considering blogging.

06 Nov 11

In the state of Georgia they have the Georgia Download destination for checking out books. I've got this set up on my library account and can check out books to my kindle, ibooks to my ipad (or kindle app there) or audio books to my overdrive account. I LOVE IT. It is time for schools to have their students take their devices down to their libraries and learn how to check out books all over again.

15 Jun 11

Lovely slideshow by Valerie Diigs on her school's transformation from library to learning commons. She's been featured in several books and in school library journal.

I think every librarian should be familiar with the learning commons concept to see if there are elements that will work to make your environment more relevant to learners. It isn't whether you like the concept yourself - for libraries to stay funded they must stay relevant. I think learning commons is just one way to do that. Valerie knows far more than me on this topic, so look at what she's done.

15 Apr 11

Learn about 3 models for embedded librarianship: in a program, virtually and in a centre for teaching and learning

I need to ask some of my library friends about these three models and which they use.

  • Learn about 3 models for embedded librarianship: in a program, virtually and in a centre for teaching and learning
02 Dec 09

Attention, Librarians who want to laugh or presenters looking for good material, the awful library book bloggers are perfect for you!

22 Oct 09

Barnes and Noble's response to the Kindle: The Nook.

It uses the Android operating system (Google's mobile OS) and can install 3rd party Android Apps. It also has an MP3 player but does not have built in text to speech (so no UDL here) -

If you use the free wifi at Barnes and Noble you can read any ebook for free - otherwise it is something that you need to buy.

11 Aug 09

Librariies and non profits having book sales can use this site to list their sale for free. It is in beta testing now, but looks like it might have some cool features if you manage book sales. If you try this and review it, let me know, I'd love to know what you think.

16 Oct 08

The usefulness of twitter -- this is THE twitter accounts that librarians should follow!

23 Aug 08

Website which will send you free books and asks the school and library professionals to rate the children's books. This is a great opportunity for those who are strapped for cash.

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