• 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 Wheelers. It’s something I’ve been looking at for […]

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    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 (I hope, as I haven’t seen the feedback […]

  • 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 found the above in my inbox this evening. […]

  • 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 book trade http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/27/ebook-lending-libraries-government-review Just like policies on eBook […]

  • 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 him off a building. Lesson to all, American […]

  • 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 The Hunger Games and where you stopped reading […]

  • 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 adds voice to 5,000-strong petition calling for VAT […]

  • 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 of increased marketing. Microlibrarian Systems will be present […]

  • 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 to guess the PIN to disable the restrictions […]

  • 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 to design a library are recruited at huge […]

  • 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 the hierarchy of files and folders. 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 Wednesday 28th September and is a 3.5 hour […]

  • This is more like it (project update)

    One of our primary schools is the latest school to take part in my pilot and represents an interesting development in the project – in that it is no longer […]

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    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 wooly in it’s content. So what constitutes eBook […]

  • 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 them down to two common choices: 1. “I’ve […]

  • 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 some links that may be of interest. From […]

  • 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) tablets such as the Elonex were garnering such […]

  • Controling interests (project update)

    My project has reached its fourth school, or rather it has returned to its second school. It is telling how much an invoice for a new iPod (even discounted) can […]

  • 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 downloads of out-of-copyright classics, but it’s still interesting […]

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    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 the Coalition, but it has been pointed out […]

  • 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 Smile, it’s only a two tier education system. […]

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    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 little article that addresses a point that I’m […]

  • 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 cons of ebooks. Yes they may make some […]

  • 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 all pupils will be able to supply their […]

  • Tablet PCs. The next big thing for schools?

      Elonex has recently caught my eye, mainly because the 7″ touchscreen Android tablet is on sale in Toys R Us amongst other suppliers for around £89. Although I haven’t […]

  • 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 Interread, the manufacturer of the Cool-er eReader went […]

  • 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 our own pilot project. The article covers the […]

  • 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 eye as especially problematic to solve – the […]

  • 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. Presumably another pupil will be thinking that Christmas […]

  • Using technology, parrot fashion

    Parrot fashion was how I (somehow) scraped a C in my French GCSE. I was never literate in the language, but the ability to string together a series of sounds […]

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    The voice of a generation? “I’d rather give up my kidney than my phone”

    Link to Guardian blog As a rule I frown on Daily Mail readers but I understand their twinges of outrage whenever I too get drawn into that warm zone of […]