Ebooks, Collections, and School Libraries

This sounds similar to a project that I had been working on with my own school's library. I love the idea of handing a student not just a single book, but a whole collection. I once attended a presentation done by another school who had done a similar project used audio books on iPods, you didn't just get one book, but a whole set. For ebook devices school libraries could create themed collections of books mixing in with the new books a whole set of public domain texts to that as the student used the ebook device to read that one that they wanted, they could also be exposed to other literature that they may not have seen before or that the library doesn't' have as a hard copy. For example, you could purchase the new movie tie-in for the latest of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and then add to the device other public domain ebooks such as Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, and Captain Blood. Or think about having the whole collection of a series on a single device, so that when a student checked out the Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, or Dr. Doolittle, they wouldn't just get the first book, but they whole collection, along with others that could be themed.  It would be like having the shelf that has the new book that reads "If you liked this than you might like...."  The school could then also make themed skins to put on the checkable ebook device.

Schools, libraries aim to capitalize on students' interest in e-books
Schools and public libraries in Tennessee are hoping to promote reading by capitalizing on students' growing interest in e-books. One high school allows students to check out e-readers that are loaded with about 50 digital titles. Meanwhile, Nashville is working to develop policies and procedures for allowing students to use their own portable devices to access the school's digital resources in various electronic formats. The Tennessean (Nashville) (3/21