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World Book Launches New Ebook Platform

Posted Sep 17, 2013
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World Book, Inc., has announced it is making many of its popular educational titles available in ebook format and accessible through a unique interactive platform, World Book eBooks.

The ebook collection includes beautifully illustrated, engaging titles that contain such multimedia features as videos, audio, and games. Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users–no holds or waiting. An "early adopter" subscription includes updates and revisions to ebooks, as well as all new titles that are added to the site during their subscription.

The Fall 2013 collection offers curriculum-correlated titles from several series, including Animal Lives, Building Blocks of Mathematics, Building Blocks of Science, Early Peoples, Explore the Universe, Inventions and Discoveries, Learning Ladders, Living Green, and Trek's Travels, with new titles to be uploaded to the site on an ongoing basis. Subscribers will read the ebooks using World Book's customized online viewer.

The platform may be accessed from any internet-ready computer, as well as such popular tablets as the iPad, Google Nexus 7, and Samsung: Galaxy Note 10.1, and Samsung: Galaxy Note 2 10.1. All titles support the EPUB3 standard, the accepted global distribution format for ebooks developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum.

World Book's ebook platform includes a customized online viewer that provides an optimal reading experience for students of all ages.

Ebook usage in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years as more affordable tablets and ereaders have become available. With the rise in popularity of ebooks, schools and libraries have worked to meet the unprecedented demand by expanding their collections.

In developing its ebook platform, World Book surveyed students, teachers, parents, librarians, and library patrons to determine what such users want and expect from ebooks. World Book applied this feedback in designing the World Book eBooks platform to help ensure its utility and appeal.

World Book will offer its ebook suite as a subscription. Schools and libraries that sign up during the initial launch will receive an early adopter discount. Visit the website at http://bit.ly/worldbookebooks.

Source: World Book, Inc., www.worldbook.com


 
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