By Mirela Roncevic
Ebook owners proceed to scan: changes to company versions, consolidation of content material, and mergers with rivals suggest consistent switch. what is reliable for innovation can equivalent confusion in terms of making a choice on an publication platform in your library. creating a sound paying for choice calls for study and shut attention of trade-offs, and Roncevic's new factor of Library expertise Reports gets you begun. according to surveys of book owners with a longtime presence in educational, public, and/or okay 12 library markets, this file includes
- Background and company version descriptions for fifty one major book vendors
- Four tables evaluating content material, technical standards, performance, and enterprise models
- An at-a-glance evaluate of systems, together with seller web site URLs
- Bulleted checklists of things to think about, and inquiries to ask vendors
- An exam of the blurring channels of writer, aggregator, and distributor systems, with recommendation that will help you stay away from content material overlap
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Social Studies Power, Activity Corner), and specialty sites like World Book Mobile and Academic World Book. Most of the products on WBW include a range of e-books (for all levels and covering a variety of subjects) that are fully integrated with multimedia, primary and secondary source databases, and the World Book Encyclopedia. Key features include computer and web tutorials for the novice researcher, interactive maps and atlases, research tools that include a built-in dictionary, a citation builder, and local and country research guides.
The goal here is to give librarians an understanding of each product’s size, scope, technical aspects, and purchasing plans. Librarians should note, however, that this information is timesensitive and that these tables are not the last word on the scope or purchasing options for the products. E-book platforms frequently go through revisions as vendors revise their offerings, in terms of both content and purchasing plans. The information in the comparative tables was supplied by the vendors who responded to a questionnaire sent to them electronically in November and December 2012.
Com Parent company: Scholastic, Inc. Library markets: grades 3–8, public Platform type: publisher E-book type: children’s nonfiction Main subjects: social studies, science Background: Delivered completely over the Internet, TrueFlix is based on the nonfiction content from Children’s Press print book series True Books, and its digital backbone is modeled after the BookFlix digital platform. It consists of over eighty e-books and a corresponding number of lesson plans, project ideas, and videos; 1,345+ articles from Grolier Online; 760+ vetted weblinks; 500+ primary sources; and 168 E-book Platforms for Libraries Mirela Roncevic open-ended questions for teachers to use to encourage classroom discussion.