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New Partnership between EBSCO and Mackin Makes Accessing eBooks Easier for Schools

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Mackin have partnered to make EBSCO eBooks™ available to order on the Mackin.com ecommerce site. The collaboration between EBSCO and Mackin, a leading provider of high-quality library and classroom materials to librarians and educators in K-12 schools, gives MackinVIA customers the opportunity to choose from a wide range of relevant EBSCO eBooks titles from within their preferred acquisition platform. MackinVIA, the free digital resource management system, is used by over 9 million students and has recently won the Best of Show Award at ISTE 2016 for the second year in a row.” (via EBSCO)

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In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary ‘Smut’

“Every year, libraries around the country observe Banned Books Week, to remind the public that even well known and much loved books can be the targets of censorship. This year, Washington, D.C.’s public library came up with a clever idea to focus attention on the issue: a banned books scavenger hunt.Now, readers are stalking local shops, cafes and bookstores looking for copies of books that are hidden behind distinctive black and white covers. There is no title on the cover, just a phrase — such as FILTHY, TRASHY or PROFANE — which describes the reason why some people wanted the book banned.” (via NPR)

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Algorithms Could Save Book Publishing—But Ruin Novels

“JODIE ARCHER HAD always been puzzled by the success of The Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So what was it, then? Something magical about the words that Brown had strung together? Dumb luck? The questions stuck with her even after she left Penguin in 2007 to get a PhD in English at Stanford. There she met Matthew L. Jockers, a cofounder of the Stanford Literary Lab, whose work in text analysis had convinced him that computers could peer into books in a way that people never could.” (via WIRED)

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As Indiana U’s eTexts initiative grows, a textbook model emerges

“Indiana University’s eText initiative is rapidly becoming the go-to way for students there to buy textbooks and other course materials. The initiative, which began as a pilot in 2009, has a simple goal: ensure all students have access to textbooks. To do so, IU has developed a model that it says balances benefits and compromises for all partners involved — faculty members, publishers, students and the university. (via (Inside Higher Education)

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Visit Seattle Planted These Tiny Libraries in US Cities to Attract More Tourists

“Seattle might be a high-tech city, but its latest tourism campaign is decidedly analog. Visit Seattle is celebrating the city’s literary history and hoping to attract more tourists with tiny libraries scattered across the country.Little Free Library is a national “take a book, return a book” free book exchange program, and Visit Seattle and Publicis Seattle are taking the concept on the road, installing Little Free Library stations in Boston, Chicago and Austin, Texas to encourage people to travel to Seattle.” (via Adweek)

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