Scholastic launches ebook subscription service in schools

Scholastic today announced the launch of Storia® School Edition, a subscription-based ebook solution for Pre-K through Grade 6, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicks™, a web-based instructional program for Kindergarten through Grade 5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science. Continue reading

News-O-Matic, a new educational news app for students

Press4Kids (P4K), a publisher of daily news applications for young readers, released an interesting new educational app for school students last month, News-O-Matic. Geared toward students in elementary and middle schools (ages 7-11), the app is described as the students’ “first daily newspaper” (with five new stories added each day) and it has a lot going for it. Among other things, it allows students to rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings that relate to the news stories.

See full press release below. For more on the company behind the app and the app itself, visit www.press4kids.com.
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Total BooX Launches Free Reading for All

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Libraries are used to receiving a lot of love from vendors and publishers during National Library Week, which this year kicks off on April 13th. Many vendors have already made announcements about opening up their content, including ProQuest and Oxford University Press. Total Boox is joining them today with its own initiative.

This is a first, folks: In honor of National Library Week, the ebook vendor will open up its entire collection of ebooks (20,000 and counting) on April 13th and make it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Although one does not have to be a library patron to take advantage of the free reading, Total Boox is encouraging public librarians in particular to use this opportunity to educate their patrons about ebooks, especially in the communities where libraries cannot afford ebook lending services.

The Free Reading Week site is set up and becomes active April 13th. Users need to sign up for the service on this page using their email and password. They will then be prompted to download the Total Boox free Reader app for one of the three tablets supported: Android, iOS, or Kindle Fire. Books may then be downloaded by visiting www.totalboox.com.

Full press release below.

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University Press of Mississippi joins UPSO, select chapters free for one month

Passing on more news of free content from Oxford University Press.  This time it is to celebrate the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online.  See below for more details.

We are thrilled to announce that Mississippi Scholarship Online has launched on University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)! The University Press of Mississippi is the sixteenth press to join UPSO and brings content in the areas of comic studies, popular culture, film, television, black culture and history, southern history, southern literature, African American literature, American music, and Caribbean studies.
In celebration of the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online, we’ve made a selection of chapters from some of the press’ key titles free and available for one month. Continue reading

Oxford University Press offers free content for National Library Week

New York, NY, April 7, 2014–In celebration of National Library Week in the US (April 13 -19, 2014), a week taken to highlight the value of libraries and librarians, Oxford University Press (OUP) will be making all OUP online products, excluding journals, freely available in the US. This free access will begin on April 13 and end on April 19 at this url:

http://global.oup.com/academic/librarians/national-library-week/?cc=us&lang=en&.

Access will be disseminated via a single username and password.

“We are so excited to free up all of our online content and give it back to the library community, which has given us so much over the years,” notes Stephen Selgrade of OUP’s Online Marketing team.  “This is truly an unprecedented amount of free content, from over 30 online databases, covering everything from law to medicine, science to humanities, and math to art and music. Whether you are an academic scholar, high school student, librarian, lawyer, doctor, or an individual searching to learn something new, you’ll be able to find high quality scholarship that fits your needs.”

Resource Centers for librarians, students and professors:

If you need additional resources, tools, and ideas to help you make the most of Oxford’s online resources, please visit the following Resource Centers:

EBSCO eBooks adds 30,000 Random House titles

Great news from EBSCO and Random House.  The full press release is below.  If you want to skip to the title list, go here:  For more information on EBSCO eBooks and featured collections including Random House titles, go to: http://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks/popular-fiction

IPSWICH, Mass. — April 8, 2014 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now offering popular fiction and nonfiction e-books published by Random House, LLC. (Random House), the world’s largest general trade book publisher. EBSCO and Random House have partnered to give customers of EBSCO eBooks access to more than 30,000 e-books from some of the most notable Random House authors, including Dan Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and more. Continue reading

Interview with Roger Rosen: On embracing technology selectively and holistically

Navigating Rosen Publishing’s 2014 catalog of digital content may at first seem a bit overwhelming: it impresses both as a vibrant presentation of the company’s wide array of digital offerings but it also reminds us of just how “digital” K–12 publishing has become. Or at the very least, it makes those of us still tempted to think of Rosen as merely a “publisher” realize it has now transformed into a multifaceted media company.

Perhaps more than any other independent publisher of K–12 resources on the market today, Rosen has become synonymous with high-quality, always in-demand, constantly evolving interactive content. It has also become synonymous with digital learning solutions, produced to be fully aligned with state, national, STEM, and Common Core standards. Indeed, taking a closer look at Rosen’s offerings today, it’s clear that despite the versatility of its content, Rosen has become a passionate advocate of STEM learning. And they’ve been releasing products to prove it, too.

Spring 2014 issue of eContent Quarterly, now available to subscribers on ALA Techsource’s  web site for download, features a review of Rosen Publishing’s Core Concepts: Period Table, a resource in Rosen’s Core Concepts suite, which launched in 2013 and was followed with the early 2014 release of Core Concepts: Biology. While eContent Quarterly features an exclusive review of the product, taken for a test drive by two school librarians in two different institutions, the interview below with Roger Rosen, president of Rosen Publishing, is available exclusively on No Shelf Required. We caught up with Roger and asked him to shed some light on the company’s journey from a print publisher to a leading digital media company for the K-12 library market. Continue reading

Cengage Learning emerges from Chapter 11, completes financial restructuring

Great news for Cengage Learning.   The press release is below, or watch this video message from CEO, Michael Hansen.

New York, NY – April 1, 2014 – Cengage Learning, Inc., a leading global educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets, announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11, having completed its financial restructuring. Continue reading

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