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Need network access to read.

Do not need network access to read.

Unlimited access to a book OR one book to one reader access.

Often one book to one reader, but there are variations. Exception: public domain books allow for unlimited downloads.

Must read on a networked computer or networked device.

Can download to a computer or device.

Generally accessed from a secondary website.

Can obtain on a secondary website (such as Overdrive) or house the digital copy on a local website (must then deal with DRM issues)

Pay-for online ebooks :

*Tumblebooks ($400.00/year)

*Scholastic’s BookFlix ($1200.00/year)

*OneMoreStory - $1.10 per student, per year

*RazKids - Learning A-Z" - $75-85 per classroom per year - handled on the classroom teacher end

*Online book services that at least one Waunakee Elementary School subscribes to.

Note: Some of these services include home access with a password, others charge additional for home access.

Note: Money comes from book fairs, building technology budget, book budget.






ABC- Cleo

Ebsco EbscoE-bookOptionsBrochure






Pay-For Downloadable Books


Ebsco EbscoE-bookOptionsBrochure

Follett - note that these can be “downloaded” on a computer but NOT a device

*High School Subscribes

Free online e-books

Elementary Age




Middle School - Adult


DigitalBookIndex (both online and downloadable)

TheonlineBooksPage (Many titles can be downloaded as PDFs)



Free e-books to download:




DigitalBookIndex (both online and downloadable)

GoogleBooks -- BestofFree


TheonlineBooksPage (Many titles can be downloaded as PDFs)


For Students with Disabilities


63% of high school librarians currently provide either free online e-book access or an online subscription of e-books content to their students
15% of both elementary and middle school librarians provide e-book content.
There is a discussion about building consortiums for the purchase of ebooks.
Public libraries buying more e-books than school libraries.
Most vendors offer e-book MARC records for downloading.
Common e-book formats include: epub, pdf, kindle
Why purchase e-books?:

E-books can provide access to more students and teachers than traditional print books (if allowing for unlimited users per book).

24/7 Access
eBook content does not get lost, stolen or overdue.
Some ebooks have multiple language options.
Tomorrow’s books may exist only in digital format.
There can be cost savings for e-book titles over print titles.
Interactive e-books can be good for emerging and struggling readers
Portability: can carry many e-books on one device.
Can highlight, take notes, search, look up words on many e-readers.
Can change font and color to render more readable to some readers.
Can differentiate reading without it being obvious.

Cautions regarding school library purchase of e-books:

Funding: we cannot assure that we can maintain funding for services such as Overdrive. Though books are purchased, we must continue yearly subscription to service to have access to the books. CSF took a big hit this year.

Some libraries are currently narrowing their collection by purchasing copies of the same title in multiple formats (print, audio, e-book) to accommodate preferences. Is this a good use of our dollars?
Uncertainty about model of delivery. Right now there are many options, each one requiring a different access procedure. It can be confusing to the end-user. Do we want ten different types of e-books and 10 different ways to access them? Ideally, access to e-books would be seamless (example: from Destiny).
Promoting e-books -- Tips

Professional Development with Teachers

Showcase with parents on open house or other event night

Offer to add e-book links or files to teacher pages and Moodles

Include ways to access e-books in newsletter

Provide e-books in different languages to encourage ESL students to use

Add cover images of e-books with hyperlinks from library web page

Include e-book widgets on the library web page


Student Devices

School Devices

Students have itouches, iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Sony eReaders, netbooks and laptops.

Classroom devices, devices to check out from the library or both?

Delivery model would be to allow students to download e-books to their own devices for a limited time period (unless book is in public domain). Students with networked devices could also access e-books on the network.

Do we check out the device with pre-downloaded books? How to we keep track? Do we catalog the device or the titles on the device? Does every device have the same books or different books? How do we decide which e-titles to purchase?

Problem: would need to consider equitable access for students without devices.

Nook touches are currently being piloted--is this the best device? What about the iPad? Kindles are now very cheap..

Potential DRM issues unless using a service such as OverDrive.

How do we go about maintaining device hardware & software?

Problem: need wireless access if using devices.

Legal issues: How many e-books can be loaded onto one device? 6? Does it depend on who is managing the devices and title purchases?

School librarians are usually cataloging and checking out devices rather than the e-books on the devices.
eReaderResources -- InternetPublicLibrary (IPL)
Ning: e-BookEducatorsGroup
Blog: TheUnquietLibrarian

Blog: TheAdventuresofLibraryGirl

Article: “P-Booksvs. EBooks: AreThereEducationalIssues?

Article: “DigitalBooksforDigitalNatives”

Article: “High-TechServiceUnlocksBooksforPupils

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