Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Keeping it up

We're editing Magazine reviews today, and a couple have made me wonder when and whether we should mention author or publisher websites that promise additional material that supports the book. If anyone in library school is reading this and needs a paper topic, please take a sample of books published, say, three years ago, that coaxed readers to hop online for more. I want to know what that more looks like now.  My guess is . . . less.

4 comments:

Scope Notes said...

I'm betting the under on this as well. Twice in the last few months I've reviewed new books promising additional content/information online, only to find that the links led to...nothing. Just the publisher's main site, and no extra features to be found.

Peter D. Sieruta said...

As much as I loved SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD, I didn't think it was quite right that the notes directed us to websites in order to see some of the book's illustrations IN COLOR. I'm assuming it was too expensive to print colored photos in the volume, but still....

What's next: a blank space where the illustrations should be, accompanied by a link to a website where you can view them at no cost to the publisher?

Jennifer Bunting said...

Tilbury House has a "Teachers Take Note" feature for almost every children's book on its website. This offers classroom discussion suggestions, activities, literature links, Internet resources, and sometimes additional information on the book topic. It's great for librarians, too, and a vital part of what we offer.

Bob Raczka said...

Peter H. Reynolds created a website for our collaboration, GUYKU: A YEAR OF HAIKU FOR BOYS, which I think is a wonderful example of what can be done. It includes projects, downloads, a "how to" section, a GUYKU club to join, and more. Check it out at www.guykuhaiku.com