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Kindles & Nooks in school Libraries

Kindles & Nooks in school Libraries

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I'm interested to find out how other school librarians are integrating these e-book readers into their libraries. What are your use policies if you have them? Do they circulate? Are they cost-effective in the long run?

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Elizabeth Stegmayer's picture

I am in a middle school library. We do have kindles in the library for reading groups, though they do not circulate. We also have one Ipad in the library which I have introduced to students in our skills class. Our school has a total of 10, which have been distributed among the different departments and levels. Overall, it is used as a center activity in the classroom, though they are still new to us.

Kathy Smith's picture

Derrick-

Just wondering what method you use to pay for your downloads. Our state does not allow school credit cards and we are not allowed to buy gift card. Just looking for a solution to this problem. Thanks in advance! Kathy

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
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Came across this article that I thought you all would find interesting:

"Clearwater High sees success with Kindles"

Some interesting quotes:

"Yeah, the Kindle makes us a little more interactive, you know, gets us focused, not just flipping a page," says Jonson.

"It's basically taken my whole locker to something that doesn't even weigh a pound," he adds.

RT Bobbitt's picture

We don't have Nooks or Kindles at our school because of money, but I own a Nook Color. I prefer the Nook mainly because it is compatable with our Public Library's OverDrive E-book program, which allows me to check out E-books for free. I also prefer the backlight and the touch screen. For information about Nookstudy go to:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy/download/index.asp

Heather's picture

I like this method. Are e-books be compatible with laptops as well? Our schools statewide are participants in the Apple laptop program, so all students have laptops already. If e-books are compatible with a programs on a laptop, buying readers on top of the laptops would no be necessary.

Mr. Lucero's picture

There are numerous books for free download. A popular site for finding free ebooks is Open Culture. If you use Kindle, you just have to make sure that your district or school adds Amazon as an approved vendor.

[quote]Derrick-

Just wondering what method you use to pay for your downloads. Our state does not allow school credit cards and we are not allowed to buy gift card. Just looking for a solution to this problem. Thanks in advance! Kathy[/quote]

Mr. Lucero's picture

You are definitely able to read ebooks on your Mac. You can download an app for you computer through Amazon or the new Mac Apple Store. It's free. I do have to say that comfortably reading a book from a desktop or laptop isn't always the best way to read. Tablets offer readers the opportunity to be mobile. I'm sure there is also a tactile element to the whole thing.

[quote]I like this method. Are e-books be compatible with laptops as well? Our schools statewide are participants in the Apple laptop program, so all students have laptops already. If e-books are compatible with a programs on a laptop, buying readers on top of the laptops would no be necessary.[/quote]

Lisa M Castellano's picture

Some of you may have seen my post through LM_Net. How are you accounting for the circulation of the e-books? The Kindle or Nook circulation is easy enough, but the books are a bit of a challenge. Is accounting for the circulation of the e-book important or not at all? That's the challenge that's being faced at our high school.

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