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eBook Launch Reminder

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eBook Launch Reminder
by Andy Macfarlane - Sunday, 2 April 2017, 2:11 PM

If you have not done so please book on to the eBook launch event on Wednesday 5th of April in Winchester, we still have spaces so please book its free to attend. 

If you have a tablet or mobile device to hand please bring along as there may be opportunity for you to have a look and a play.

See the original post below to find out more information and to share with your SLT and teaching staff as their presence would be beneficial.

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As you all will be aware Hampshire SLS will be rolling out our eBook platform to all subscribing secondary schools from the 5th of April, please read below to find out more and how to book on to our launch events.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Andy Macfarlane at SLS HQ on 01962 826660.

Launch Event:

Please sign up to our free launch event at EII Court in Winchester on Wednesday 5th of April in the morning, there will be a second session on 20th of June. Please sign up through Hampshire’s CAS site (click here).

The launch events are free and are aimed to provide an overview of the eBook platform and will include the following:

Student enrolment methods

  • An overview of the management tools

  • Suggestions on student launch

  • Suggestions on possible use for Teaching and Learning

  • Points for SLT’s to consider regarding in school use

  • An overview of the shop and how to build your own collection

This event is aimed at 4 groups of school staff:


  • English Teachers

  • Librarians

  • IT Staff

This event will be run by Hants SLS Digital Team and James Richmond Wheelers UK Development Executive.

School Setup: 

James from Wheelers will be contacting schools over the next two weeks to get your schools platform set up; this will involve creating your spoke ready for your schools launch. 

If your school is not ready to start using the platform or is unsure about eBooks please let James set your school up.  This stage does not include setting students up so no student data is needed. 

The set up is free and there is no cost to have our eBook platform, the cost for the platform and our central collection is included in your SLA just like our eResource packages.

Platform Information:

Hampshire SLS’s eBook platform will be set up in a hub and spoke arrangement, with our central collection (see link) sitting at the hub; then schools set up as spokes.

Our central hub collection will be the largest and broadest education consortium platform in the UK.  Each school will be a spoke and will have access to our collection as well as being able to purchase eBooks to build their own bespoke collection.

The platform has dual use, both for ‘reading for pleasure’ and ‘teaching and learning’.  Schools will be able to purchase multiple copies which will enable them to deliver whole class teaching as well as smaller groups for intervention.  Schools will have access to purchase fiction and non-fiction.  Teachers will have the ability to display the eBooks electronically on an interactive white board or projector.

Our platform is stand alone and works through any web browser on a PC or Mac, or through an app on any mobile or tablet device.  Schools do not need to have a specific library management system to use our platform.