More Award-Winning EBooks with Audio Available this fall

By Jeff Mitchell, Digital Product Manager

For the past few years, Lerner Digital has helped the most reluctant of readers build key literary skills by offering ebooks with voice narration and sentence highlighting. This fall, we’ve expanded our award-winning Audisee® collection to include 865 ebooks with audio. Now it’s even easier to engage students with high quality stories on digital devices.

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Celebrate Pride Month with Award-Winning eBooks and Audio books

Special thanks to digital intern Amy Richardson for the following post!
On June 28th 1969, protests carried out by the gay community against police raids in New York City started a nationwide conversation about LGBTQ rights. The Stonewall Riots made history by serving as a catalyst for future activism within the LGBTQ movement. As a result, June is now recognized as “Pride Month” — a month dedicated to celebrating and spreading awareness for the LGBTQ community.
This June, you can participate in LGBTQ Pride Month by checking out some of Lerner’s eBooks which feature LGBTQ protagonists, informative facts about the progression of the LGBTQ movement, and both fiction and nonfiction narratives from the LGBTQ community.
Nonfiction titles from Twenty-First Century Books provide an informative and in-depth look at the real lives of those who identify as LGBTQ and are perfect for anyone looking to learn more and gain a better understanding about the LGBTQ community.

         

·         In LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality, Kirstin Cronn-Mills highlights athletic achievements of well-known members of the LGBTQ community and explores the struggles that LGBTQ athletes have faced during their sports-related careers.
·         Kirstin Cronn-Mills tells the inspiring stories of seven transgender individuals in Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices. Readers will better understand the lives of transgender people in America, including the challenges they face before, during, and after their transitions.
·         Prom: The Big Night Out by Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge includes a detailed chapter discussing the evolution of high school proms, from strictly heterosexual events to eventually becoming inclusive to LGBTQ students.
Darby Creek’s high/low chapter books are engaging for even the most reluctant readers. Titles such as On Guard by Patrick Jones, Archenemy by Paul Hoblin (available as an Audisee eBook with audio), and The Alliance by Gabriel Goodman (available as an Audisee eBook with audio) feature strong and relatable LGBTQ protagonists and true-to-life storylines that young adult readers will love.
   
Finally, Lerner’s picture books provide an opportunity for younger readers to join in during Pride Month as well. The Flower Girl Wore Celery by Meryl G. Gordon centers on a little girl that is the flower girl for a wedding with two brides. My Family, Your Family by Lisa Bullard follows Makayla as she learns love is what makes a family, as she visits a diverse families including one with two dads and her neighbors, a lesbian couple. Both of these titles celebrate our differences in families and as individuals, as well as reveal our commonalities. They are a great way to introduce children to an understanding of the LGBTQ community.
                           
Readers of all ages can utilize Lerner’s digital collection this June to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month.

Login to Lerner Digital… with Your Public Library Card

Special thanks to Jeff Mitchell for the following post!

Library cards are often the beloved relics of the wallet. A sturdy library card from your public library will usually stick around longer than your driver’s license (requires renewal), credit cards (expiration dates), and certainly your cash (obviously). Maybe some of you proud Luddites out there still carry prints of school pictures, and maybe there’s one or two random business cards of mysterious origin, but even so, your library card might be the wisest and most traveled companion you have on you right this minute.
Happiness is having your own library card!
-Sally Brown, Peanuts

They’re great, they’re useful, they’re a rite of passage, and they’ve adapted just fine to the digital age, thank you.

In fact, when public libraries use Lerner Digital, patrons can use their library cards to easily access Lerner Digital titles at ebooks.lernerbooks.com. How? If your library is a Lerner Digital customer, simply locate your library in the Public Library Card Login dropdown and enter your library card barcode number.
  

That’s all that’s needed to enjoy Lerner Digital’s expanding catalog of eBooks, Interactive Books, and Audisee® eBooks with Audio (even during Summer vacation)!

If you are a librarian, consider the outstanding collection of titles and products available from Lerner Digitaland the easy access we can offer. If you’re a patron, ask if your library has ebooks.lernerbooks.com for you to use.

And if you’re curious about our titles either way, please register for our FREE 30-Day Trial

 

Happy reading!

TCEA 2017: Engaging Innovative Educators

It’s amazing the difference a three hour flight can make! Walking down the jetway toward the plane in Minneapolis, I saw the breath of the passengers ahead of me. Walking up the jetway three hours later, I immediately felt the heat and humidity of an 85-degree day in Austin. Not only was I excited to leave behind my coat and eat dinner outside, but I was excited to attend the 2017 TCEA Convention & Expo!

This was my third year at TCEA (the annual convention of the Texas Computer Education Association), and the show is one of my favorites. TCEA brings together a wide array of technology-minded educators from all over Texas and beyond: teachers, instructional technologists, librarians, media specialists, district and campus administrators, IT professionals, and many others. The exhibit hall is packed full of both what’s new and what’s proven in the industry. Attendees also participate in a full schedule of workshops and presentations throughout the week.

At the Lerner Digital booth, Sales Manager Brad Richason and I worked closely with Texas reps Tom Rathbun and Kay German to reach as many of the 12,000+ attendees as possible. We demonstrated our Interactive Books and Audisee eBooks with Audio on a variety of devices and fielded a lot of questions about how Lerner digital products can meet specific customer needs and fit seamlessly into any library catalog system.
With over 4,500 eBooks available, we had something for everyone! We were able to help those searching for Spanish language fiction and nonfiction titles with our new Spanish eBook catalog. We were able to help those searching for high interest visually appealing graphic novels with our newly updated graphic novel catalog. Plus we showed our new Spring 2017 catalog to customers interested in our brand new offerings.
And, we offered an amazing promotion: Buy any 25 digital products and we’ll give you the matching print versions for free! Ask your rep about this great deal today!

Print Books and Digital Books Are Not at War

Special thanks to Kris Vetter for the following post!
In the recent Guardian article titled “Books are back. Only technodazzled thought they would go away,” journalist and author Simon Jenkins pits print books against digital books. Even just the subtitle, “The hysterical cheerleaders of the e-book failed to account for human experience, and publishers blindly followed suite. But the novelty has worn off,” is intentionally harmful, in addition to being completely inaccurate.
Before diving in, let’s pause for a moment. Print books and digital books are not at war. I don’t know how this mindset got started. Maybe print publishers were initially threatened by digital books. Maybe die-hard print readers were scared their paper favorites would cease to exist. Or maybe it’s because emerging technologies have regularly been pitted against traditional technologies: radio vs. TV, theatre vs. movie, card games vs. video games. But just because another format of entertainment is introduced does not mean the traditional technologies are replaced. We still listen to the radio. We still attend plays and musical theatre. We still play card games. And we still read print books.
I would also like to politely disagree with Mr. Jenkins’ insinuation that print books are the only legitimate form of “book.” Digital books are just that—books in the digital format. Digital and print books are both books. They are written by the same author and supply readers with the same base content. If Stephen King wrote a 500-page manuscript and decided to publish it only as an eBook, you wouldn’t say that it wasn’t a book. The format does not control the definition.
Furthermore, Mr. Jenkins’ statement that eBooks “failed to account for human experience” is far from reality. I’m assuming Mr. Jenkins is a sighted person without any reading disabilities. As such, he can read easily in print format. However, digital books were revolutionary for many readers. Poor sighted readers are now able to increase the text size of their books at will, instead of buying larger and larger print versions of books (that may or may not even exist). Non-sighted readers can now use text-to-speech software to hear books independently without help from a second person, or hear books that may not be available as audio books. Readers with dyslexia can switch the font of any reflowable Kindle eBook to the specially-designed font OpenDyslexic to aid in reading comprehension and speed. Historically, digital books are rooted in accessibility. ePub, the most common eBook file format (excluding Amazon), is based on the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) standard, created by an international consortium for readers with print disabilities. It is thanks to this standard that the United States requires textbooks to be available to learners with disabilities. With the ability to change text size and font and to use text-to-speech (in addition to a variety of other helpful functions like night modes, search, dictionary definition), it sure seems like eBooks are fully accounting for the human experience.
I could go on and on discussing each point Mr. Jenkins made in his article, but the main thought I want you to take away from this blog post is that print books and digital books are not mutually exclusive. Print and digital are just two options that serve different readers. As long as people exhibit the desire to read, why would we care what format they read in? Who are we to decide the best format for someone?

 

Lerner’s entire Fall 2016 list will be available in print, pdf, epub, and mobi formats in an effort to serve all our readers.­