The beginning of the school year brings new school shoes, fresh school supplies, and an opportunity to review your privacy settings on your devices and social networking accounts. Read this article from Mashable for some good tips, and happy new school year!
We are running an eReader pilot program with our faculty for the summer. We have distributed Amazon Kindles to teachers who want to try one out for the summer, and we’ve asked them to share their thoughts about reading electronically via our library blog. /JD
Two recent pieces of news from Amazon coincide with our plans to roll out a Kindle pilot lending program. First, Amazon plans to release an ad-supported version of their popular Kindle e-reader that is priced at $114, that will display advertisements. The ads will appear on the home page and as screen savers. Amazon says that it was important that the ads don’t “interfere with the reading experience.”
In other news from Amazon, Kindle will roll out a library lending program. As part of this program, you’ll be able to make margin notes that won’t show up when the next reader checks out the book.
Students, your dreams of marking up your library books are about to come true. /JD
The New York Times is OBSESSED with dystopian young adult literature. From what I see in the library, I’d say you are too. The Times says these books offer a dark vision of “a world where civilization feels an awful lot like high school and everyone is under pressure to conform.” Does this ring true to you? Or is it just a whole lot of fun watching Katniss Everdeen triumph over the forces of evil?