Tuesday, November 24, 2015

eReader Tips and Tricks

Today, ebook creator extraordinaire Kris Vetter shares some very useful tips and tricks for optimizing your ereader. Thanks, Kris!

Publishers put a lot of care into making sure their ebooks look just right. But many ereaders and apps automatically apply their own design and fonts to ebooks. Fortunately, these ereaders and apps also have settings to return to the publisher’s original design.

For optimal viewing, we suggest these settings on your ereaders:

iPad, iPhone, iBooks app:
Go to iBooks settings and:
Turn off  "Auto-hyphenation"
Turn off "Full Justification"
Turn on "Online Content"
In each individual book, click on Aa and select:
Original font

In each individual ebook, click on the Aa text button and:
Make sure the "Publisher Defaults" box is checked


Nook’s styling

Lerner’s styling

Turn on Publisher Defaults.

Kindle and Kindle app:
Turn off  "Auto-hyphenation"
Turn off "Full Justification"

In each individual ebook, click on the Aa text button and:
Turn off “Justification”
Make sure the “Kobo Styling” box is checked (this affects display of footnotes).

Google Play:
Unlike other ereading apps, Google Play offers a single ebook as both reflowable and fixed layout instead of purchasing two ebooks. If you want to view how the print book appeared, go to each individual ebook, click on the Aa text button and:
Under View, select “Original pages”

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Reads from Lerner

Marketing intern Isabel Taylor rounds up some Thanksgiving reads to celebrate the season!

It’s the yummiest time of the year! Here are some Thanksgiving-themed books Lerner has to bring to the table. Keep reading for books on food, family fun, and a bit of holiday history.

Thanksgiving Rules, written by Laurie Friedman and illustrated by Teresa Murfin 

From the collaborators of I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House comes a fresh Thanksgiving story filled with humor and a holiday message. Percy Isaac Gifford explains the "rules" for getting the most out of the Thanksgiving holiday. Percy leaves readers with the true recipe for a perfect Thanksgiving―a large helping of gratitude and thankfulness. 
  • Recipient of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Thanksgiving by Robin Nelson 

A basic overview of Thanksgiving for emergent readers. Color photographs reflect the short, easy-to-understand sentences that improve vocabulary and comprehension.  
  • Award-winning author

Grace’s Thanksgiving, written by Lisa Bullard and illustrated by Katie Saunders 

Thanksgiving smells fill the house. Grace is making a list of the things she's thankful for: yummy food, a loving family, and the fact that her dog didn't eat all the pies.  Includes full-color illustrations, a further reading section, glossary and more. 
  • Award-winning author
Happy Thanksgiving—and happy reading—from Lerner!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Visit Lerner at NCTE!

This year, the NCTE (National Council for the Teachers of English) Annual Convention is on home turf for Lerner! It's nice to be able to drive, bus, or even walk to a convention instead of flying.

If you're at NCTE, swing by and say hi. Lerner will be at booth 622, and we also have a few signings on Saturday that may interest you:

Our last signing of the day is from 3:30-4:30 on Saturday. Shannon Gibney will be signing her debut novel See No Color, and we'll also be throwing a little party in the booth in celebration of Carolrhoda Lab's 5th anniversary. We'd love it if you'd join us!

If you're visiting Minneapolis and aren't quite sure where to go, Lerner staff members are more than happy to play unofficial tour guides. Here are some of our recommendations: 

As you can see, we love Minneapolis! We do apologize for the windchill, though.

Have any other suggestions for Minneapolis newbies? Leave them in the comments.

(Oh, and congratulations to Clarence White, the winner of See No Color! Clarence, send your address to publicity@lernerbooks.com and we'll get your book in the mail.)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I’m Thankful For…

You guys, I have a pretty fantastic job. And what better time than November—the month of giving thanks—to recount a few of the many things I’m thankful for at work? Here’s my list. And here’s hoping that you have much to be thankful for too.

1. Getting to do creative work every day

2. Getting to work with so many talented authors

3. Getting to see the physical results of my work in the form of lots of beautiful books

4. Getting to see our talented creative team get recognized in the form of a Booklist starred review for Writing Fantastic Fiction and a Learning magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Comparing Animal Traits series—among many other accolades for Lerner Publications this year

5. Getting to share a bit of what I do with all of you, our awesome blog readers. I couldn’t be more thankful for each and every one of you who is reading this. Thank you so much for visiting our blog, and may you all have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fall's Here! Interactive Books Series

Intern Isabel Taylor delights us today with a fall romp through a seasonally appropriate Interactive Books series.

Sorry, snowmen—winter isn’t here quite yet! It’s still fall, and Cloverleaf Books™ has the perfect Interactive Books™ series to help readers grades K-2 learn about the season and what it has to offer.

Lerner Interactive Books are an innovative and engaging way to make reading and learning fun—not frustrating! Paired with text highlighting, three audio speeds model pronunciation and fluency while helping to build reading skills and confidence for beginning readers, ELL and struggling readers, and proficient readers.

The Fall’s Here! series, written by Martha E. H. Rustad and illustrated by Amanda Enright, covers everything from apples to pumpkins to changing fall weather. Each book includes colorful illustrations, an interactive glossary, a comprehension quiz, further reading, fun activities, teaching guides, and more. This series meets NCSS, NSES, and BSL standards, making it a perfect educational addition to the classroom, library, or home.

What happens in fall? The weather cools off, leaves change, and apples are ready to pick. Celebrate the season with these cheerful picture books, which deliver nonfiction content with a sense of fun and discovery!

Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter
Honk! Geese are flying south. Grr! Black bears are looking for a den. Munch! Deer are eating extra food. Find out what other animals do to get ready for winter.

I think this one would have been a favorite of mine growing up. Animal antics hold endless appeal.

Fall Apples: Crisp and Juicy
Let’s go to the apple orchard! Find out how apples grow. See the many things we do with apples. Taste some cider and apple pie. Yum!

Fall Harvests: Bringing in Food
Fall is a time to celebrate food. Farmers and gardeners work hard to grow crops all spring and summer. In fall, we harvest pumpkins, pecans, corn, potatoes, and more. Mmm!

Anyone hungry? This book will teach kids about just where their Thanksgiving feast might come from!

Fall Leaves: Colorful and Crunchy
Look at all the brightly colored trees! Fall weather causes leaves to change colors. Follow a leaf as it grows, changes color, and falls to the ground. Let’s grab a rake!

Fall Pumpkins: Orange and Plump
It's time for a trip to the pumpkin patch! Find out how pumpkins grow. See the many things we do with pumpkins. Let's carve a jack-o'-lantern. Spooky!

Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures
Brr! It's starting to get chilly! Find out how weather changes during fall. See how people and animals get ready for cooler temperatures. Let's grab our coats and mittens!

This last title is especially timely—sooner or later, most of us will wake up to snow on the ground!

Lerner Interactive Books continue to be an exciting and original way to foster literacy in young readers. Students are able to access these  Help make reading a fun fall activity this season with the help of these titles. Happy fall and happy reading!