Former President of Weekly Reader Publishing Launches Digital Bookstore for K-12 Educators, K12TeacherStore.com

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Neal Goff, educational publishing consultant and former President of the Weekly Reader Publishing Group, announced today the opening of a new online eBookstore designed exclusively for K-12 educators. The store, located at http://www.K12TeacherStore.com, provides teachers with supplementary educational materials – interactive eBooks, workbooks, teaching guides, lesson plans and downloadable software – only in digital form. It opened with a virtual inventory of almost 25,000 titles produced by 200 educational publishers.

Neal Goff, educational publishing consultant and former President of the Weekly Reader Publishing Group, announced today the opening of a new online eBookstore designed exclusively for K-12 educators.

The store, located at http://www.K12TeacherStore.com, provides teachers with supplementary educational materials – interactive eBooks, workbooks, teaching guides, lesson plans and downloadable software – only in digital form. It opened with a virtual inventory of almost 25,000 titles produced by 200 educational publishers.

“At the end of my tenure at Weekly Reader, I devoted a lot of energy to building out the company’s digital product line,” said Goff. “It was clear to me then that more and more teachers want digital materials for their classrooms. K12TeacherStore.com is designed to meet this need.”

Goff plans for the eBookstore not only to be a convenient retail location for teachers but also to make it a destination where they can find interesting and useful information about eBooks in K-12 schools. The site invites visitors to sign up for a free eNewsletter about eBooks, the K12 TeacherFile. K12TeacherStore.com will also work closely with edWeb.net, the social networking site for the education community, to keep site visitors informed about eBook-related issues.

At edWeb.net, Goff is the host of the Exploring eBooks for K-12 community, which provides educators, publishers and other interested parties a venue for discussing the challenges involved in bringing eBooks into schools. In conjunction with the store opening, Goff and edWeb.net plan to launch a monthly “Lunch & Learn” series of online chats about eBook issues. The first such chat, on the topic eBooks in Schools and Libraries: How, When, in What Formats–and at What Cost?, will be held Friday, April 29, at 12 noon EDT.

“It's been great to work with Neal to launch an eBooks community on edWeb.net,” said Lisa Schmucki, edWeb.net’s founder and CEO. “We are really excited about how the information shared in the community can help everyone move forward faster with the adoption of eBooks, and can help provide direction for the growth of K12TeacherStore.com.”

K12TeacherStore.com’s relationship with edWeb.net is the continuation of a collaboration between Goff and edWeb; his consulting firm, Egremont Associates, worked with edWeb.net last summer to field a study of K-12 educators’ eBook usage and their attitudes towards eBooks. Some 1300 K-12 teachers and librarians responded to the research survey, which was co-sponsored by MCH Strategic Data and TecKnoQuest Inc. The report that resulted from the survey, entitled eBooks: K-12 Educators' Usage and Attitudes, is available for sale at sellingtoschools.com.

About K12TeacherStore.com

K12TeacherStore.com is a digital-only bookstore dedicated to serving the needs of K-12 educators. With roughly 25,000 titles from 200 leading educational publishers, K12TeacherStore.com carries products in a variety of formats that cover all major areas of the curriculum. In addition to downloading these products to their computers, teachers can use them on interactive whiteboards, tablets and mobile devices. K12TeacherStore.com is a venture of the consulting firm Egremont Associates, LLC, which serves the needs of publishers and educational technology companies in the digital age. For more information, contact Neal Goff, President, Egremont Associates, at 917-541-4034 or via email at nealgoff(at)gmail(dot)com.

About edWeb.net

edWeb.net is a professional social network for the education community. Members can connect with peers, share information and resources, spread innovative ideas, and create professional learning communities. ebWeb promotes collaboration with easy-to-use tools like blogs, discussions, messaging, calendars, polling, wikis, and file sharing. edWeb is working to transform education through social networking by creating new models for online professional development and learning communities. edWeb.net has partnered with MCH Strategic Data to reach out to more than 3 million K-12 educators in the U.S. edWeb.net is free for educators and is funded with the support of its sponsors. For more information, contact Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO, at 800-575-6015, ext. 100, or by email at lisa@edweb.net. Join edWeb at http://www.edWeb.net.

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