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The Four Basic Ebook Models for K-12 Libraries

EBook between paper books
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“This is the second article in a three-part series on ebook business models in K-12 libraries. In the first article, we looked at what a business model is and at the four main kinds of ebook business models that K-12 librarians need to know about. In this article, we will look at each of the four basic models in more depth and glance at some examples of them. We will not attempt to compare product offerings in depth, but I will mention an example or two of each model. Because ebook technology is still in its early stages, the platforms and feature sets of each offering change rapidly, so any comparison is bound to be a snapshot at best. Continue reading The Four Basic Ebook Models for K-12 Libraries

Somali folktales added to Ebooks MN!

Are you using Ebooks MN? If not, you should definitely check it out! You can access a wide variety of reading materials for many different age groups and subjects.

Some new additions to the Ebooks MN project are four Somali folktales, available in both English and Somali. “The books help to promote and preserve heritage languages and increase English literacy skills of refugee and immigrant families in Minnesota.” These stories will be especially useful in our Central Minnesota area!

Two of the stories in the collection include:

  • Wiil Waal: ” In this clever folktale, a father reluctantly follows his daughter’s advice and has astonishing results.”
  • The Travels of Igal Shidad: “Igal walks the drought-stricken Somali landscape, searching for a better home for his family and animals, asking for Allah’s guidance along the way. As he confronts obstacles, both real and imagined, he discovers his prayers can be answered without his even realizing.”

Check out Somali Kid’s Books for videos, books, and more bilingual resources!



CMLE wants to read with you!


Let’s read together!


As a library system, filled with library people, we like to read books. So let’s get together and read books and chat about them!

We have set up two monthly book groups on Goodreads, where we have a forum to discuss our books. If there is interest in holding in-person book group sessions at host locations, that would also be great; but we want it to be accessible to everyone, so we will always have an online discussion where we can all share in the reading. (If you want to have an in-person monthly meeting, either at CMLE Headquarters, or in another location – email Mary !)

We will have two copies of the paper book to share, if you want to borrow one for a few days. Email Angie to get on the borrowing list!

The first group will be have a professional theme; here we will read books that may be helpful to you at work. They may be specifically library-oriented, or may be books that would be relevant to the work we do in our libraries. We have a preliminary list of books that might be interesting to our members; and we encourage you to suggest books that we all might enjoy!

For our October book in this group, we will be reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondō. “Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.” Can this help you at work?? We will have to read the book to find out how!

Below is a fairly long video (42 minutes) Kondo gave at Google. She, and her translator, work through her entire system of sorting and keeping objects in the house.

And here is a short video, with just music in the background, where Kondo helps a woman organize her bookshelf:

They may be aspirational, but the results look good!


Our other book group will be a fiction book group, with readings we do for fun. There may be a theme of “librarian as main character” through the books we read, but that will not be a requirement. As library people, we all hear too much of the comment “it must be so fun to sit around and read books at work all day;” and it’s amazingly frustrating!! But of course, most of us really do like to read books! So we can have this time to enjoy a book together each month.

In October, we will be reading “Curiosity Thrilled the Cat” by Sofie Kelly. “When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen’s fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there’s something more to these felines.”

This book does not come with videos, but we have a couple of other ones for you to enjoy:

  • Who wouldn’t want a job as Kitten Librarian?? (not technically a library; but still a great idea!)
  • And these important helpers in the Huron Library in London, Ontario are clearly making an important contribution!
  • Stacks the Library Cat has a pretty significant fan club at the New Castle library in Pennsylvania

Both of these books are available in paper, eBook, and audio formats; so pick a format that works for you! Content is the important part; flexibility of format is just a bonus.


AASL Recommended App: Books: Epic!

epicIn June 2016, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their 25 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. The apps encourage qualities such as innovation and active participation, and are user-friendly.

The app Epic! features thousands of ebooks and audiobooks, with a huge variety of genres, such as nonfiction, mysteries, and even picture books. The app also features educational videos. Teachers are able to setup individual profiles for their students to track reading logs and book preferences.

Cost: Educators are eligible for free accounts so students can view content on their devices; families pay a low monthly fee.
Level: Elementary
Platforms: iOS and Android



Best eBook readers of 2016

zEk8RJdmQrqja2XwbjgJ_DSC_2368It’s only May but PCMag is already separating the wheat from the chaff… eBook reader chaff that is. We all know about Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad, and their list includes those and all their versions, but the list also includes many other eReaders that you should consider. The article lists out all the specs and has price lists too. When you’re ready to zero in on a couple eReaders, they have full PCMag product reviews to give you all the details you need to make your decision.

Read the whole article now.

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