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Lending E-Readers in the School Library (Part III: Device)

Previously:
Part I: Background
Part II: Planning

I made this using the Paper app for the iPad.

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Next time we’ll discuss e-books and managing accounts.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Monique German says:

    Wonderful summation of a complex topic. None of us want to waste money by purchasing the “wrong” e-Reader, so I really appreciate the straightforward “if this, do that” approach. I bought six Kindles (3rd gen)to use with our Special Ed.students. The e-Reader features of enlarged text, an incorporated dictionary, and text-to-speech for some titles makes reading popular novels possible for our learning disabled students.

  2. “Now E-Readers shoot fireworks!” is one of the best things I’ve ever read. That panel is on my office door now.

  3. Tanya says:

    Besides being full of useful information, that was the coolest thing! Could you call it a comic strip? Who did the artwork? I would read about anything in that format, even something really boring…

    • Travis says:

      Thanks, Tanya! The artwork was done by me with the Paper app for the iPad. I had a good time drawing this – I think I’ll use it for posts in the future. I suppose you’d call it an infographic.

  4. Tanya says:

    Definitely do! It reminds me a tiny bit of Matthew Cordell’s style and color palette.

  5. PragmaticMom says:

    Yes, I hear you but what is your personal favorite?

    • Travis says:

      For school library lending, I am very pleased with the Nook Simple Touch that we used this year – for the reasons I mention in the post: durable, simple, not a ton of money. There is the account issue I mentioned, but that sort of thing applies to most of the ereaders out there. We have 5 nooks, so one account, which works well. If we want to expand the program, however, things could get tricky.

  6. I just wanted to echo Monique’s comment. I love kindle 3rd gen for low vision readers because of the easily variable font size. It’s not as good as some of the others for art work, though.

  7. Amy says:

    Our public library ordered 4 different kinds of E-readers, which just seems incredibly confusing to administer and explain to patrons. Patrons can choose to be on wait lists for one type or all four types. On the other hand, there are books only available on one kind or another. So, having all 4 available gives patrons the option of checking out any kind of E-reader they need. For our family, I chose the Nook. We like it. We fight over it. We may have to purchase more than one.

  8. Sheilah says:

    And when do we get Part 4?

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