eBooks &School Libraries by Jennifer Gladkowski LIS 773 August 7, 2012
A Brief History of eBooks1971- Michael S. Hart digitizes the Declaration of Independence, the worlds firsteBook.1993 - Digital Book Inc. offers the first 50 digital books in floppy disk with Digital BookFormat.1998 - The first eReaders are released: Rocket eBook and SoftBook. The first ISBNs areissued to eBooks; multimedia enhanced eBooks on CDs are promoted.2000 - Stephen King releases a novella in digital file that can only be read on acomputer. Over 400,000 copies are downloaded in the first 24 hours.2002 - Random House & HarperCollins start to sell digital versions of their publications.2007 - Amazon launches the Kindle for $399; over 90,000 eBooks are available tocustomers.2008 - BooksOnBoard begins to sell eBooks for iPhones.2009 - Barnes & Noble introduces the Nook.2010 - Apple releases the iPad with iBooks/iBookstore; Amazon reports that for the firsttime, eBook sales outnumber hardcover book sales.Source: ebookfriend.ly
eBooks in the School Library~ Public and academic libraries have been the dominant provider ofeBooks to patrons~ School libraries have been entering the eBook scene slowly; from2010 to 2011 there was a 33% increase in the number of schoollibraries offering eBooks~ Of the 44% of U.S. school libraries offering eBooks, most of themare found in high school and middle school libraries~ Those school libraries without eBooks say they plan on purchasingthem by 2013~ As of October 2011, eBook purchases accounted for approximately3% of school library budgets
Options for School LibrarieseReader Brands:Amazon Kindle: $79-$379Barnes & Noble Nook: $99-$249iPad (tablet): $399-$699Many vendors offer eBooks, including:Follett, Gale, Marshall Cavendish, ABC CLIO, Salem, & InfoBase, aswell as titles that can be purchased directly from Amazon and Barnes& Noble.Platforms: offered by numerous vendors with varying features giveusers access to ebooks remotely and on a variety of devices(Compatibility is key!). Overdrive is the leading platform vendor.
Benefits & Advantages of eBooks~ Multiple copies of one title can be circulated (with the approriate platform)~ School libraries have strong relationships with publishers & vendors~ Enhanced eBooks and Interactive eBooks are engaging and provide greateraccess to students with a variety of needs (text to speech, hi-lo, E Ink)~ Allow students to take notes, highlight words & passages, & utilizedictionary instantly~ Lots of nonfiction titlesavailable in different formats;social studies texts now includemaps & primary source docs~ Can be used to support CCSSand enhance students abilitiesin working with complex texts~ eBooks make reading fun!
Challenges & Disadvantages of eBooks~ Accessibility is limited due to budget constraints and socioeconomicchallenges~ Multiple copies of one title may not be able to be circulated without aplatform (very expensive)~ Some books are not available in digital format: To Kill A Mockingbird,Catcher in the Rye~ Interactive elements may distract from the elements of the story & detractfrom critical thinking & open-ended discussions about text~ Circulation of devices may be difficult to manage~ Time consuming for library staff to manage eBooks & eReaders
eBooks in ActionMinnetonka Middle School East nearMinneapolis, MN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV6XOozvtLkCPS has purchased 10,000 eBooks, 7,000 ofwhich have been downloaded and can beaccessed by students.http://www2.youseemore.com/cps/school.asp?sID=277Promotional video from Overdrive - how it allworks:http://www.overdrive.com/Solutions/Schools/K12/SDL/#!prettyPhoto/0/eBook Clubs: Teachers & librarians need to learn how tohttp://theaudaciouslibrarian.blogspot. use these devices too! Students need tocom/2012/06/phillips-hs-nook-book-club. know how to navigate these devices to gethtml the most benefit from them instructionally.
Resources for Using eBooks in Your School LibraryInteractive eBook Reviews: http://www.bestinteractiveebooks.com/Best Apps For Kids: http://bestappsforkids.com/All things eBooks & eReaders: http://www.ebookanoid.com/Library Connects wiki eBooks page: http://libraryconnects.wikispaces.com/E+BooksMobiliary wiki - CPS Department of Libraries:http://mobilary.wikispaces.com/homeBuffy Hamilton: http://theunquietlibrary.libguides.com/content.php?pid=228880&sid=1892912
eBooks vs. Traditional Books“It’s just cool that you can read on your iPad,” said Julianna, who started usinge-books when she was 6. “It’s more fun and you learn more from it.” - Julianna,2nd grader“Old books don’t really cut it anymore,” she said. “We have to transform ourlearning as we know it.” - Kourtney Denning, teacher“We don’t have any evidence that any kind of electronic device is better than aparent.” - Julia Parish-Morris, post-doctoral fellow at the University ofPennsylvania“But without the balance of children holding and touching and learning how totake care of a book, you run the risk of children losing a sense of what books areand how they feel,” Miller says. “You lose the understanding of how they cameto be.” - Gabrielle Miller, national executive director of Raising a Readernonprofit organization
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