the future of libraries in the digital age
Latest Activity: Oct 7, 2014
Started by Robyn Case. Last reply by Nicole Collins Oct 15, 2013.
Started by Lanto Rak. Last reply by Diane Greiner Oct 31, 2012.
Started by Farid Bazmi Dec 1, 2011.
Unfortunately, yes - you are paying $4000 annually so unless they change their pricing structure you're locked in to spending your $2000 collection credit on the ebooks or eaudiobooks every year. This platform is the School Download Library.
The Audiobook Classroom platform gives you unlimited access to 1001 titles. It's a little over half the cost ($2500). I don't know what books are in that collection, but it might be a good solution if you're looking for digital audiobooks. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://overdrive.com/Solutions/Schools/K12/ABC/
(I feel like a commercial, but really, I just did so much research last spring that I thought I'd share.) :)
Elizabeth - you're right is is very expensive, though it is actually $2000 for the hosting etc. while the other $2000 is earmarked to purchase the ebooks and eaudiobooks. (They call it a "collection credit.") Considering they host a custom-branded website, train the staff, and a list of other things that I don't fully understand but sound quite tech-y, it's not terrible. :)
Other services might be cheaper but the ones I've seen are either device specific or can only be used on a computer. We have a lot of students who have their own (or access to their parents') electronic readers so we need something that was compatible with the Nook, Kindle, and iPad. If anyone has come across something comprable, I'd love to look into it.
Overdrive had an audiobook platform for schools as well - I don't know if you looked into that since you love audiobooks. It provides unlimited access to all the titles so multiple students could be listening to the same thing at the same time. I thought that was pretty cool. :) I believe it is Audiobook Classroom.
Jennifer- We just bought one Nook to try and are probably going to get a few more. I choose that one to test out because at the time (and I think to some extent still) it is the most versitile, as far as where you can get your books from. Amazon historically hasn't been very good at working with schools which is why I steared clear of Kindles (even thought I'm a Kindle owner and love it), but I hear B&N is doing a much better job with schools.
We are also looking into OverDrive, more because I love audiobooks. We have a number of PlayAways that are very popular, but I find them to be a terrible investment.
Danielle, my one concern about OverDrive is the price. At first I didn't realize that what you pay them for, is just the platform, as we still have to buy all the books and audiobooks we want our patrons to have access to. Do you not think that $4,000 is a huge annual fee to pay for them just hosting what we own? Or am I misunderstanding how it works?
Hi from Kathmandu, Nepal! I am a K-12 Librarian at the Lincoln School. I started a Facebook group, the International/American Librarians Network, please join:
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