A just-released study by The Survey of Academic Libraries, a benchmarking report published by Primary Research Group Inc. says that “Spending on electronic books by academic libraries has reached a cumulative total of 11% of their spending on print books, and will reach 20% by 2011.”

Wow, that’s interesting. It would be great to see schools and especially textbook publishers follow this lead and make more core curriculum ebooks available for our students.

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  • October 28, 2006 at 6:43 am

    I am interested in learning how to create E-books. Do you do a class on this or is there a site that starts from “ground zero” for learning this skill?

  • October 31, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    We do offer workshops on this. Most are contracted for by a group of 10 or more at a school or district. Email info@k12handhelds.com if you’d like more info on that.

    To get started creating ebooks, the first thing you need to think about is what ebook reader you’ll be using. (See various options here.)

    A few we like are MobiPocket, Plucker, eReader and Microsoft Reader (PPC only). Each has their own way create ebooks. Here are some links to get you started:

    MobiPocket – MobiPocket Creator (now free)

    Plucker – See directions on creating a Plucker ebook from a Word document here.

    eReader – There is a free way to do this with
    and an easier way using eBook Studio, which is software you can buy

    Microsoft Reader – There are a couple ways to make ebooks for this program, but the easiest is a free Word plug-in

    Hope this gets you started! Creating ebooks is a lot of fun.


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