Thursday, May 2, 2013

eReaders

One of the great delights of working in the elementary school library is the occasional opportunity to get together with Library Media Specialists from around the region. I had one of those chances this week when our district LMS and I went to the CESA 11 Spring Library Forum in Turtle Lake.

The conversations are always lively, with lots of sharing of what is working for other districts and alerts about some of the pitfalls others have encountered. One big discussion area was eReaders. Last year only a few districts had invested in devices, but a show of hands this time indicated the majority were now working with eReaders.

Take a look at this link for a nice comparison of eReaders from Top Ten Reviews. ebook Reader Reviews

One district uses the subscriptions service Overdrive to supply their downloads for  both Kindles and Nooks, which is great. There is a rather large fee, half of which goes to the purchase of books, the other half is support.  I use Overdrive from the public library for my own personal ebook borrowing and find it works very well. I like the ePub format, but also have both Kindle and Nook apps on my iPad that also work.

Others mentioned Tumblebooks, a service I have reviewed previously. This seems to be a good sources for schools to have interactive books for students. The added features of being able to take a quiz on the content and to 'do' a book report directly from the website are a plus for students. They will be adding more non-fiction to meet the Common Core requirements in the near future.

Changes are always happening with libraries, programming and resources. It's a challenge to stay ahead, but it's exciting too. Stay tuned for more updates!

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