The advent of eBooks and the online books has expanded, or should I say, exploded the capacity of what school libraries can offer. As always, we need librarians to curate the offerings and make them accessible to our students. Common questions include:
a) What mobile devices can I use for this eBook?
b) Is there an app for that?
c) Which books have text-to-speech accompaniment?
Here is a bit of a guide for patrons of the Good Spirit School Division’s libraries.
TYPES OF DIGITAL BOOKS
eBooks – a digital file that can be downloaded
Possible features include: text to speech, compatibility with a variety of mobile devices
Online books – a web-based book requiring an internet connection
Possible features include: audio accompanied by highlighted text
Audiobooks – a digital recording of a reading of a book
Possible features include: professional actor voices with sound effects
new! FollettShelf on our Destiny Library System
Step 1: Download and install Follett Digital Reader from the app store or GooglePlay.
Step 2: Obtain your Destiny Library username and password plus your FollettShelf url from your librarian.
Step 3: Install the Destiny Quest mobile app to search your library catalogue.
Download eBooks, audiobooks and videos from library2go.sk.ca to your computer or make them portable for your MP3, iPod or other device(s).
Step 1: Install OverDrive Media Console for iOS from the app store to enjoy downloaded EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks on your device. To read EPUB eBooks, you will also need to authorize your device with an Adobe ID.
Step 2: From your iOS device, open Overdrive Media Console and tap Get Books to find your library and borrow titles.
Titlewave – for purchasing eBooks accessible through the library system
Book apps for ipad – link to article
Reading-Related Apps Worth Reviewing – BY LINDSEY FULLER, Apr 22, 2013, International Reading Association