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Wheelers eBook Platform

This term I was very pleased to finally be able to launch the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services eBook platform, hosted by …

The mighty Thumbslurp!

WARNING! This book is full of YUCKS, GGRRRRAAHHHS and SNNOOSSEEFFUUPPs.(Not to mention a flying hippopotamus!)

Over the bridge and far away

Ah, the Dartford crossing in the grip of autumn fog after a day out at the Essex Schools Library services. It was …

Do your homework!

Have just been asked for some good places to get free e-books to put on tablets that a school have purchased. I …

Ebook lending review announced

Industry specialists will look at the benefits of libraries lending ebooks in a move publishers say will have ‘serious implications’ for the …

Bruce Willis vs Apple

Now I always cheered for Alan Rickman in Die Hard, but no matter what, Bruce ‘the vest’ Willis innevitably ended up chucking …

Under the Amazon Eye

Link Big EReader is Watching You from the Grauniad, 4th July 2012. Your e-reader knows how long it took you to finish …

News update

A few articles that caught my eye. “Ebooks VAT should be slashed to zero in 2012 budget, say publishers The Guardian Publishers Association …

eBook provision for schools

22nd March 2012 Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services, PDC, English St. Interest from schools is rapidly increasing in eBooks, not least because …

60 years to go…

Upon resetting the iPods prior to lending them to the next school I discovered that one wannabe hacker had made 21 attempts …

Making a pact with the devil

This one’s a late evening rant. You have been warned. Because it doesn’t matter how many morons who think that librarians are too stuffy …

Taking things for granted

Sometimes you take the simplest things for granted. Like being able to quickly navigate and move items between file systems. To understand …

eBook D.I.Y

Well, the library has decided to trust me to run a workshop on building a working .epub eBook. The first workshop is …

eBooks from the high seas

Yes, eBook piracy. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/861119-ebook-piracy-is-colossal-threat Well, if the Metro says it’s true, then it must be.  But the article, although eye-catching, is rather …

Minimum required specifications

So, are eBooks and schools compatible? I’ve been running through scenarios of how school libraries could adopt digital texts and have whittled …

A few bits and pieces

I’ve been a bit busy this last few weeks, but I’ll be adding some more updates soon. In the meantime here are …

CES Tablet PC Roundup

http://www.engadget.com/features/tablets-at-ces-2011/# From Engadget.com I haven’t been too fussed about tablet PCs recently since I found that the cheaper (read economical for schools) …

US Kindle sales ‘eclipse paperback sales’

Link to original article at Richard Adams’  blog http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2011/jan/28/amazon-kindle-ebook-paperback-sales?showallcomments=true#end-of-comments Again no mention of how many of the touted eBook sales include free …

It’s not all doom and gloom

Perhaps it was the lack of sunlight last winter, coupled with the general feeling of hopelessness when confronted with the actions of …

When does it become private education?

From the Guardian State schools left behind in iPad revolution http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/jan/10/ipad-state-schools-funding-cuts This carries on neatly from my posts The Apple School and …

Who owns your downloads?

Who owns your digital downloads? (Hint: it’s not you) Link to the original article at zdnet.com, by Ed Bott 3/1/2011 An interesting …

Reader’s block

In a fit of facetiousness in a recent presentation on my eBook project I decided to come clean about the pros and …

the Apple School

A senior member of school staff recently commented that in the future “we will have to bite the bullet” and assume that …

Survival of the fittest

It’s become apparent to me that I need to keep a close eye on individual eReader manufacturers these days. Earlier this year …

Financial Times – “E-books fail the classroom test”

“E-books fail the classroom test” http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e185bce2-b76a-11df-839a-00144feabdc0.html www.ft.com Article written by Paul Taylor, published 5/9/10, accessed 8/9/10 There are parallels and conflicts with …

You shall not pass (sorry)

Well, the iPods came back again today along with some feedback from the pupils. The one criticism of the project caught my …

One down?

It was innevitable, and I’m surprised they all made it this far, but plucky iPod number 5 has gone missing in action. …

eBooks project summary

“Do you work for Apple?” was the rather intuitive question that I was asked by my first group of guinea pigs. If I’d been bag searched at Mile End tube it would look as though I’d just mugged Steve Jobs.