Archive | June, 2011

A legit version of our July cover. We’re really happy with the illustration.

24 Jun



July cover sneak peek

23 Jun


Inside: Top graphic novels; Betsy Bird’s Bologna report; Margaret Tice on Radical Change (in public libraries, imagine!); ‘Focus On’ Intergalactic Travel; Scales on Censorship; a pen that talks back, as well as our reviews for the month: books, multimedia, digital resources, Spanish titles, graphic novels. Did we mention our new review blog on kids book apps?

Vote for your favorite school library program in the Follett Challenge

23 Jun

Follett is asking the public to help select the People’s Choice winner of the Follett Challenge – view the video entries here. The full release follows:


RIVER GROVE, Ill., June 23, 2011 – More than 100 libraries across the country raised their hands to answer Follett Corporation’s challenge to find the most innovative libraries.  Now, the company is calling on the public to vote for their favorite program to name the People’s Choice winner. 

The Follett Challenge was designed to reward school libraries for their work applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking.  Six winning libraries will be awarded a total of $100,000 worth of products and services from Follett.

“We wanted to draw attention to the undeniable connection between innovative libraries and student performance, and we’ve been amazed by the response,” said Chuck Follett, President and CEO of Follett Corporation.  “The Follett Challenge entries showcase hundreds of creative ways that libraries are using technology and new approaches to inspire and engage students.  The entries are examples of the important role librarians and media specialists play every day at schools across the country and around the world.”

Cast Your Vote

Schools, local communities and the general public are encouraged to take part in selecting the People’s Choice winner by voting for the best video submission.  All submissions are available on the Follett Challenge website under the “View Entries” tab.  After registering, users can cast one vote per day.  Voting will remain open until Sept. 1 and the entry with the most votes will be awarded $10,000 of products and services from Follett. 

This weekend Follett will also encourage thousands of educators at the annual conferences for the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to vote for their favorite submission.

While the public votes, Follett Challenge judges will be busy evaluating the more than 100 written submissions.  The judges, comprised of library and educational professionals, will award the top five entries with a total of $90,000 worth of products and services from Follett.  Winning schools, including the People’s Choice winner, will receive public recognition at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference on Oct. 27 in Minneapolis.

Follett’s many offerings include books, audiovisual materials and electronic resources from Follett Library Resources; automated library, resource, and learning management solutions from Follett Software; and supplemental classroom materials, workbooks and pre-owned textbooks from Follett Educational Services. 

To cast your vote or learn more about the Follett Challenge, visit    


Faber and Touch Press release The Waste Land for iPad

7 Jun


Publisher Faber in partnership with Touch Press, the developer behind “The Elements” app, have created an app of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

We’ve been waiting for this, now available in Apple’s store.


Press release follows:

LONDON– June 7, 2011–Faber and Touch Press today announced a new digital edition of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land for iPad is now available on the App Store. The Waste Land for iPad brings alive the most revolutionary poem of the last hundred years, illuminated by a wealth of interactive features. The title’s groundbreaking design carefully respects the typography and integrity of the original poem, yet offers spectacular new ways to explore The Waste Land’s significance and influence.

“No writer is more closely associated with Faber than T. S. Eliot and it is a privilege to work on any new edition of The Waste Land,” said Henry Volans, Head of Faber Digital. “We are delighted to partner with Touch Press for this marriage of literature and the revolutionary iPad. The Waste
Land App is a flagship project in Faber’s mission to re-imagine poetry for the digital age.”

“The Waste Land for iPad attempts to do for this defining poem of the 20th-century what The Elements has done for the periodic table – bring a profoundly important subject to the attention of a new digital audience and make it come alive in their hands,” said Max Whitby, cofounder and CEO of Touch Press.

Features of the app include:
• A powerful filmed performance of the entire poem by Fiona Shaw, synchronized to the text.
• Complete audio readings of the poem, also synchronized to the text, by T. S. Eliot himself, Alec Guinness, Ted Hughes, and Viggo Mortensen.
• Comprehensive interactive notes to guide the user through the poem’s many references.
• Over 35 expert video perspectives on the poem, filmed in partnership with BBC Arena, including contributions from Seamus Heaney and Jeanette Winterson.
• Original manuscript pages revealing how the poem took shape under Ezra Pound’s editing.
• An overview tool to reveal the complete structure of the verse and allow rapid navigation.

The Waste Land for iPad is available for $13.99 (£7.99) from the App Store on iPad.