New Ereading Platform Bridges the Gap Between Publishers and Teachers
Qlovi is connecting publishers and classrooms through live events as well. Launched last fall the Qlovi + Author Reading Series (or Q + A) has brought dozens of authors and illustrators into thousands of classrooms via Google Hangout to read their own works and answer student questions. Q + A was the result of a partnership with the Children's Book Council Diversity Initiative and it reached over 60,000 students in one day. "It's been a tremendous success," says Schindel. "We've repeated that two times since and publishers are ecstatic to reach such a large number of students in one day. I think every single author in our series has been asked, 'Where can we find your book?' and 'What comes next?'"
Qlovi plans to expand this fall to include more tools for teachers, including enhanced Common Core search capabilities that will allow teachers to find ebooks that fit specific requirements. Schindel anticipates greater support for enhanced ebooks, more bi-lingual and Spanish language content, and more regular, sponsored Q + A events. Many of these projects, says Schindel, will be ready for launch in time for the new school year.