eNotes + Crosswords: Enter to win a Lesson Plan!

eNotes gets a lot of thank-you notes from teachers and fan mail from students daily. Okay – more like Tweets from the students. We haven’t received an actual letter since 2003. And while we love being recognized for all our hard work, what gets out of bed in the morning is making the lives of our teachers and students…

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Rumors of Doom for ISBN Numbers

Since its invention in 1965, booksellers have depended on the ISBN system used internationally to facilitate the distribution of books and to track sales.  However, the digital revolution is changing even this long-standing publishing tradition.  eBooks do not need, and mostly do not have, ISBN numbers (the cost of acquiring an ISBN ranges from $25 to $250). In a world that…

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R.I.P. Encylopedia Brittanica: 1768-2012

My grandparents had them. They lined the den in their modest Indiana home. In the garage, outdated sets were stacked neatly in boxes. Every year, salesmen came to the doors of homes and schools peddling their wares. But all that is over.  Encyclopedia Brittanica has announced that they will no longer offer their product in…

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“A” is for Author: Self-Publishing Goes Legit

Just a few years ago, if a person tried to self-publish his or her work, the general reaction from most people would outwardly be, “Oh! Good for you! Congratulations!” Inwardly, however, those people would think two words:  “vanity press.” Vanity, of course, is derogatory. The general assumption was that you had been turned down by…

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Digital Lending Is Here!

For me, books are like crack. I will seriously consider buying less food if there is a new title out that I want to read.  And having a Kindle makes it all too easy to have instant gratification. At first I thought I was safe. After all, Kindle allows you to “sample” any book you…

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