Managing eBooks at Discovery College Hong Kong http://bit.ly/11V9bkv Managing eBooks at Discovery College Hong Kong For the community to borrow from Wheelers they do need to register using their school email, full name, year group and date of birth (DOB is to assist in the blocking of titles to them, they do not know this when they register, but it can be overridden / corrected by the administrator if it is entered incorrectly).We opted for the option where administrator approves the registrations. The administration dash board is very easy to navigate and the customer support is excellent.
So, our ePlatform has been officially launched and we now wait for our customers to sign up and get reading on their own devices. For those who don't own their own devices, we can use the Wheelers platform with the library Kobos. I am certainly loving the convenience of being able to download and read a book at any time of the day.
Kobos : The E-reader of our choice http://librarygrits.blogspot.hk/2011/11/e-reader-of-our-choice.html 'We have 15 Kobos in our library which we lend to students, I chose kobo as it is supported in HK, they can read a variety of formats and I do not have to purchase through Amazon.' (librarian)
I was of the belief that the school did not need to supply e-readers for our students use as we are a 1:1 laptop school with most of our students having a smart phone of one variety or other, and many having their own e-readers at home. But, I changed my mind after listening to a web cast with Buffy Hamiliton and researched into e-readers and what would meet our specifications if we were to purchase some.
Ownshelf http://ownshelf.com/ Ownshelf is building a service to share ebooks across devices.
Show your bookshelf to friends
Browse friends’ shelves
Borrow and loan ebooks
Access your shelf anywhere
Streaming eBook Platform StarWalk Kids http://www.starwalkkids.com/ Streaming eBook Platform StarWalk Kids ... a digital streaming service available by subscription
At StarWalk Kids Media we are committed to serving a community of educators who are trying to instill their students with 21st Century digital literacy skills. In order to achieve this, we have created a library designed to support educators who are looking for high quality, well-written trade books, particularly nonfiction books, to support Common Core Reading and Writing strategies.
Each eBook in the collection has been expertly adapted and professionally narrated in preparation for digital streaming via the best-in-class, proprietary StarWalk Reader™, and all titles are accompanied by a “Teaching Links” document developed by nationally known literacy expert and StarWalk Kids Director of Education Linda Hoyt. The Teaching Links match each eBook to relevant CCSS standards, and provide suggestions for CCSS-appropriate teaching activities and further inquiry. Read REVIEW
Pressmonk http://pressmonk.com Pressmonk : eBook showcase
So you have written an eBook and put it on a website for sale. But how on Earth are people going to know about it?
TechCrunch will not showcase it, nor will Mashable. That’s why we have created PressMonk, world’s sweetest eBook showcase.
How To Compare e-Book Platforms – Part I http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/how-to-compare-e-book-platforms-part-i/ How To Compare e-Book Platforms – Part I
There are a lot of variations between e-Book platforms. So much so that it often seems like comparing apples to oranges. These posts will attempt to clear up much of the confusion and set you on a path to confidently evaluate and compare the different offerings.
eBook Options for Libraries http://lisinfo.org/ebooks/latest/ eBook Options for Libraries
Viable ebook options either provide libraries with ownership privileges or are free of digital rights management (DRM) software, ideally both. DRM is an inherently flawed technology that can be replaced either by creating better software or, more likely, by developing models that enable libraries to acquire ebooks and authors, editors, and others involved in publishing to get paid for their work.
Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/ Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers, agents and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.
For readers, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building. Each week we add new features based on feedback from members.
Overdrive : Global Digital Distribution | eBooks Audio Books http://overdrive.com/ OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers--serving millions of end users globally.
OverDrive currently hosts more than 650,000 premium digital titles from more than 1,000 publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, BBC Audiobooks America, Harlequin, and Bloomsbury. Our digital distribution services are utilized by more than 15,000 libraries, schools, and colleges worldwide.
OverDrive was a founding member of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) eBooks from your Library
Adobe Digital Editions http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ Adobe Digital Editions software offers an engaging way to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications.
Use it to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline.
Transfer copy-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers or devices. Organize your eBooks into a custom library and annotate pages. Digital Editions also supports industry-standard eBook formats, including PDF/A and EPUB.
myebook http://www.myebook.com/ myebook aims to revolutionise the way we create, publish and share ebook content online. Built on a feature-rich social platform, complete with powerful, browser-based, builder software, and a slick reader environment, there's never been an easier way for anyone and everyone to 'get it out there'.
With myebook.com, we've made it possible for anyone to upload, or create from scratch, beautifully simple or adventurously complex page designs and covers online, in no time. What's more, you can publish your book with a single button and release it to the world before the (virtual) ink's dry! You can create as many publications as you want. And it's all free.
The full text archive ... http://fulltextarchive.com/ The full text archive is a collection of free books that you can read online.
All of the novels, plays and poems in this collection have been verified to be free of copyright under United States law. You can now enjoy reading them free of charge and Full Text Archive is ever-expanding so please visit often.
eBook Sales Forecast To Reach $10B By 2016 http://tcrn.ch/t5q3bt Total Mobile eBook Sales Forecast To Reach $10B By 2016; Now Close To 1 Million Books In Kindle Store
Juniper Research released a new report (Dec 2011) on mobile eBook sales, which it forecasts to reach close to $10 billion ($9.7b) by 2016, up from $3.2 billion this year.
Best eReader, A New Kindle or NOOK? http://bit.ly/t5P0KW What is the Best eReader, A New Kindle or NOOK?
We'll take a close look at four of the most popular eReaders currently available:
... the Amazon Kindle Keyboard, the new ("basic") Amazon Kindle, the Kindle Touch 3G, and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch Reader.
They each have their strengths and weaknesses, and by examining each category in turn you'll quickly be able to choose the right device for your needs.
Free eBooks App iPhone iPad http://bit.ly/nc9WXZ Free eBooks App iPhone iPad
Read and Download eBooks for Free; Anytime, Anywhere! Find the help you need, the information you seek or simply fun reading to enjoy. Select from thousands of eBooks in 45 different categories.
Bookboon : free ebook textbooks + http://bookboon.com/ Bookboon : Download free ebooks + no catch + no registration Textbooks + Business + Travel
E-Books - the decision has been made http://bit.ly/r9pUcv E-Books - the decision has been made
My journey as a tenacious lifelong learner in the Teacher Librarian field. Dianne McKenzie, Hong Kong
I have been seriously considering e-books over the past 12 months, in particular the platforms. I really did not want to shell out loads of money for Overdrive, but I thought I had no alternative. I explored and found all other products wanting when held up against it ....
Google eBooks now have Dictionary Search Translate http://www.googletutor.com/google-ebooks-dictionary-search-and-translate/ Google eBooks Get Better, Now Have Dictionary, Search and Translate
If you have read eBooks from Google’s eBookstore then you would know that Google has its own web based eBook reader that provides a smooth reading experience for the users.
It has now further enhanced the capabilities of that reader by adding dictionary, search and translate functions.
eBook Fling : eBook Lending http://ebookfling.com/ With eBook Fling, swap unlimited ebooks with thousands of readers nationwide.
Just fling an eBook to others and catch the eBook of your choice - choose from the hottest New York Times Bestsellers, timeless classics and even rare, eclectic titles, textbooks and tech manuals! Trade Kindle™ and Nook™ books using your e-reader device, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry™ or Android™ smartphone.
BookLending matches lenders and borrowers of Kindle ebooks http://booklending.com/ BookLending.com is a website that matches lenders and borrowers of Kindle ebooks.
To participate in lending and borrowing Kindle books, you must first register as a user on the site or connect with Facebook Connect.
Kindle lending is a feature launched by Amazon on December 30, 2010. Any Kindle book that has lending enabled can be loaned by one Kindle user to another for 14 days. At the end of the loan period the title is automatically transferred back to the book owners Kindle. Each Kindle book you own can only be loaned once. For more information on lending, go to the Amazon page on Lending Kindle Books.
Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns http://bit.ly/dYfHXw Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns
This post is basically a stream of consciousness outline of some of the concerns that have been swirling around in my head regarding eBooks.
Google e-bookstore (partnership with Sony) http://ebookstore.sony.com/google-ebooks/ Google e-bookstore
Together with Google, Sony brings you access to over a million public domain books for free. Now you can search, browse, and read over a million public domain books preserved by the world's great libraries on your Reader*.
*PRS-500 is not currently compatible with the books from Google without update.
Will Your Local Library Lend E-Books? (Or Can They?) http://rww.to/b6gGJf Will Your Local Library Lend E-Books? (Or Can They?)
Amazon has recently (Nov 2010) touted that sales of Kindle books are outstripping those of both hardcover and paperback editions. And a Forrester forecast gauged that the sales from e-books for 2010 would hit over $1 billion.
It seems as though the market for digital literature is strong.
But according to some publishers, if libraries start lending e-books, it could serve to "undo the entire market for e-book sales."
ePub Bud http://www.epubbud.com ePub Bud
Well, it's pretty much just "YouTube for Children's eBooks."
This site does not have any intention of making any money, ever. Bandwidth and storage are cheap. We just
want everybody to have an easy way to find, share, and self-publish their own free children's ebooks,
whether the audience is just their own kids or the whole world.
World ebook Library http://worldlibrary.net/ World ebook Library
Over 750,000+ PDF eBooks and eDocuments to choose from.
The World Public Library Association Collection shelves more than 750,000+ PDF eBooks in 100+ languages. The World Public Library Association contains 125 of the finest eBook and eDocument collections published on the Internet today. The mission of the World Public Library's Acquisition Department is to add new eBooks 24/7 to our shelves.
Pelangi ebooks http://bit.ly/dmviQG Pelangi ebooks
Collection of ebooks in English, Malay and Chinese ... with an Asian focus for children and young adults.
Overdrive .. 10,000 ebooks http://www.overdrive.com/ OverDrive provides world-class infrastructure for distributing premium digital content. We empower publishers, enterprises, libraries, schools, and retailers to maximize their presences in the digital world by enabling them to securely manage, protect, and lend or sell digital audiobooks, eBooks, music, and videos.
eBooks online at Singapore Public Libraries http://www.pl.sg/ eBooks online at Singapore Public Libraries
You will need to register first
Copia http://www.thecopia.com/ Copia, the world’s first social reading experience — reading, learning and sharing all in one.
Classroom eBooks for the iPad http://danrolo.blogspot.com/2010/08/classroom-ebooks-for-ipad.html Classroom eBooks for the iPad "To date I haven’t found a single online database that lists some of the better digital books. So, I’ve decided to list all of the digital books I would rate as “excellent” (in terms of being engaging, interactive, and unique)."
Free Ebooks http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-good-online-sources-free-ebooks-free-app-read/ Free Ebooks
I’m going to cut through some of the confusion, and show you how to get, keep, and consume free ebooks. It’s a fairly quick skate across the surface though, so you’ll need to do some more work yourself.
Just to clarify, ebooks, for the sake of this discussion, are books which are available electronically, rather than printed on dead trees, and which can be read on an electronic device of some sort. And completely free ebooks, just now, are those which are legitimately available for free. Other options exist. We all know that.
Free Children's eBooks for the iPad http://www.epubbud.com/ Free Children's eBooks for the iPad
Also includes a tutorial about making your own ebook.