Bookish: Personalizing Reading

Publisher’s Weekly announced today that Bookish, a new digital-platform for readers, will launch this summer. Like many user-driven sites, Bookish is built around collaborative filtering and will offer book recommendations to users through their profile preferences. This is very similar to sites like Pandora or Netflix, which offer suggestions based on the user’s experiences and personal preferences. Backed by large publishing names such as Simon & Schuster and Penguin Group, Bookish will be editorially independent and offer readers suggestions from all publishing houses.

“The more information readers provide the more customized the recommendations can be,” Penguin Group CEO, David Shanks said, noting that Bookish is aimed at helping readers identify books they may like from the tens of thousands published annually.

Users will be able to purchase books in print and digital formats through the site.

As we approach the end of the school year and the onset of summer, it is always encouraging to learn of new technologies that support reading. Be sure to visit our own book site, Find a Book, to create your personalized summer reading list!

Capstone Digital Personalizes Learning with myON reader

Capstone Digital launched myON™ readerat FETC yesterday. Described simply as the “first of its kind” personalized literacy environment, myON reader is designed to help preK-8 students and remedial readers take control of their reading development by recommending books they want and should be able to read, and monitoring their progress toward goals. And it’s all powered by The Lexile® Framework for Reading.

Capstone Digital and MetaMetrics® announcedlast week that the Lexile Framework would power myON reader’s assessment engine, allowing students’ reading scores from benchmark tests and book-end quizzes to be reported as Lexile measures. Teachers and students can use these Lexile measures to build personalized reading plans that match ability level and interests with the more than 1,000 digital books available from Capstone’s award-winning imprints. Additional features, like embedded reading scaffolds (highlighting, audio and dictionary), increase student confidence and encourage more independent reading. Students can even monitor their growth with a personalized trajectory report that forecasts their expected reading level.

According to Capstone Digital President Todd Brekhus, “Today’s students personalize their lives digitally on a daily basis through music, games and social networks. myON reader leverages those skills to engage students in an online, integrated reading environment using the same premise: digital personalization.”

myON reader goes well beyond the basics of personalized learning. It provides a collaborative environment in which students, teachers and parents can work together to support student reading performance. myON reader uses cloud-based technology to connect school and home through anytime, anywhere access, and to provide a safe, social network where students can read, rate and review digital books, and recommend them to classmates.

myON reader is supported by several research studies on how students read, how technology plays a part in reading, and what motivates students to read. For more information on the research behind myON reader, check out the white paper, “Building Proficiency Through Personalized Reading,” at www.CapstoneDigital.com.

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