Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pottermore Shop: HP eBooks!

From Publishers Weekly, 3/27:

As of Tuesday, March 27, all seven Harry Potter novels are now available in electronic form via the Pottermore shop, the exclusive retailer for Harry Potter e-books and digital audio books. A component of the long-delayed Pottermore site, the shop is initially selling U.S. and U.K. English editions, with French, Italian, German and Spanish editions to follow in the coming weeks, and additional languages coming later. OverDrive announced this morning that as of March 29 at 9 a.m. U.S. EDT, the e-books will be made available for checkout. A 10% discount on all the titles has been extended through April 30.

Every e-book purchased may be downloaded for personal use on a range of devices and platforms, including personal computers, e-readers, tablets and mobile phones. Compatible formats include the Nook, Sony’s Reader, Google Play, and Kindle; Kindle users may purchase via a dedicated Pottermore page on Amazon, which will direct them to the shop in order to purchase. Harry Potter e-books are DRM-free, but digitally watermarked in order to identify the purchaser and discourage unauthorized sharing. 

The full Pottermore site has ended beta testing and is expected to launch in early April. The site will showcase new writing by J.K. Rowling and include extensive interactive content.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Upcoming web seminar

Please make plans to attend the upcoming web seminar presented by Dr. Candace Kuby, on Sunday, April 1, 7:00 p.m./EST-USA: Her talk, “Tensions from Analyzing Children’s Images of Racial Bus Segration: Searching for Tools” is a part of Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR) 2011-2012 series of free web seminars (http://globalconversationsinliteracy.wordpress.com). On the night of Dr. Kuby’s web seminar, paste this URL into your browser within 60 minutes of its start:
Dr. Kuby is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, with scholarly interests focused on early literacy, critical inquiry and multimodal literacies. Situated in data collected from a teacher/research study with 5 and 6 year-old children in a summer enrichment program in the South, this seminar addresses the tensions of analyzing multimodal images.  The focus of the web seminar is not so much the empirical study of the images, but reflectively on the tensions of analysis. 

All web seminars are free of charge, and certainly offer opportunity to engage in interesting conversations.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Workshop: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice

 I just found out about an amazing workshop: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to work with excellent children's authors and editors while learning about developing your own authentic voice. Below is more information on how to reserve your place in the program!

 Call for Applicants: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice
April 26-29, 2012
A program from the Highlights Foundation

Our children live in a world of diverse voices and experiences. They deserve to live in a book that authentically represents their world.
Join award-winning authors Donna Jo Napoli and Mitali Perkins, as well as editors Alvina Ling and Stacy Whitman, and special guest Kathryn Erskine for an intensive four-day workshop. Your mentors will work with you to discover your true cultural voice through impeccable research, imagination, empathy, and experience. Our goal is to gather a community of open-minded children’s book authors who wish to think deeply about questions such as:
              Who has the right to write multiculturally?
              How do we bring humility to our research?
              What audience are we writing for?

If you are interested in being a part of this amazing opportunity, please fill out the application and submit it, with your responses to the essay questions, in addition to your writing sample. Applications for our scholarships are available by e-mailing Jo Lloyd at jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org, or calling, toll-free, (877) 512-8365.