07/01/2013 (press release: MackinMarketing) // Burnsville, Minn, United States // Troy Mikell

Mackin Educational Resources is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Here Be Fiction, an innovative program, powered by Mackin’s eBook platform, MackinVIA and supported by School Library Journal. This program provides a “summer reading style” opportunity for school librarians to discover fiction eBooks from established, well-respected publishers.

Created by Christopher Harris, author of the Infomancy Blog and School Library Systems Coordinator for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Here Be Fiction will provide hundreds of fiction eBooks from established and trustworthy publishers, creating exposure and opportunities for works that seldom, or never, get reviewed by the major journals.

“This is a simple and powerful concept that has been discovered and launched at such an ideal time,” said Kitty Heise, co-owner of Mackin Educational Resources. “This partnership between Mackin and Here Be Fiction will give a much needed voice and presence to a group that is traditionally underrepresented.”

School librarians who use Here Be Fiction will be able to identify quality eBooks made available from a wide variety of publishers. They can then browse eBook previews and reviews posted at HereBeFiction.org. Through Mackin’s purchasing power, the site provides school library-friendly licensing terms, for titles readily available for licensing by school libraries for single and some for multi-user access.

Active site visitors will find it easy to highlight and share books they discover via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. They will also be able to create wish lists of featured books that can then be downloaded or sent for a price quote, further enhancing the ability for schools to purchase affordable fiction and receive deeper discounts on multiple copy purchases.

The initial phase runs from July 15 to September 15 where selected school librarians around the country will have free access during their summer vacations to read and review eBook fiction from participating publishers, using the secure MackinVIA platform. Looking ahead, Here Be Fiction will again allow librarian reviewers to access books for free during future school vacation times.

“Launching this program with a company as resourceful, creative and experienced as Mackin has been a tremendous asset for Here Be Fiction,” states Harris. “Their years of dedication to learning and education have helped to bring our program to a very motivated and receptive group of school librarians who are the engine for this new machine.”

For more information about this revolutionary program, visit herebefiction.org, slj.com or contact Mackin Educational Resources at 800-245-9540 or on the web at www.Mackin.com.

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About Mackin Educational Resources and MackinVIA

Mackin Educational Resources has provided library and classroom materials to PK-12 schools for 30 years. Known for its high commitment to customer care and customization, Mackin provides print books, eBooks, online databases, audiobooks, video resources and more to schools across the country and around the globe. Learn more about Mackin Educational Resources by visiting www.mackin.com or contacting them at 800-245-9540 – where every phone call is always answered in person and true customer service still exists.

About MackinVIA

MackinVIA is a Free eResource management system providing schools easy access to eBooks, educational databases, as well as audiobooks and video content. With just one login, users can view, utilize, and manage all of their eResources. Furthermore, MackinVIA allows simultaneous, unlimited access to multiple users and is mobile friendly through a robust selection of free apps for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle and Nook tablets as well as Mac and PC desktop computers.

About Christopher Harris

Mr. Harris is presently the School Library Systems Coordinator for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including Library Journal Mover & Shaker, 2008 and American Library Association: Emerging Leader, 2007. He is the author of his own blog and has been credited with initiating many programs designed to advance the quality of education.

About School Library Journal

School Library Journal is the leading print magazine, and now SLJ.com serving librarians who work with young people in schools and public libraries. The two resources give librarians up-to-date information needed to integrate libraries into the school curriculum, become leaders in the areas of technology, reading, and information literacy, and create high-quality collections for children and young adults

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