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APRIL 2013

MackinVIA Unveils New Features

MackinVIA, a popular content management system for educational eBooks and databases, recently launched robust features. These features include an EasyBib citations button on the full record, a tablet-friendly slider control for advanced search filters, and a new “My Notebook” page containing the user’s synced highlights/notes created in the MackinVIA Reader app. Additionally, as a result of a strategic partnership with Renaissance Learning, the makers of Accelerated Reader (AR), MackinVIA users who are current customers of the Accelerated Reader Enterprise system can set up their MackinVIA programs to provide direct access to AR quizzes.

For assistance with the new features, to learn more about MackinVIA, or to take a test drive of the digital content management system, contact Mackin Educational Resources at 800-245-9540 or

Take TumbleBooks for a
Test Drive Through MackinVIA!

Have you discovered the wonderful world of TumbleBooks? If not, your school can take the TumbleBooks libraries for a test drive through MackinVIA this summer. TumbleBooks offers an online interactive library for K-12 students to listen, read along and listen, or read independently. Engaging readers of all ages, TumbleBooks are available in three packages:

  • TumbleBookLibrary—an online collection of animated, talking picture books
  • TumbleBookCloud—eBooks, audiobooks, videos for middle and high school students
  • TumbleBookCloud Jr—high-quality online streaming audiobooks

Get free access to TumbleBookLibrary, TumbleBookCloud, and/or TumbleBookCloud Junior through September 30, 2013. (MackinVIA account required.) Learn More

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Author Spotlight: Rick Yancey
Dreamer turned tax collector turned
award-winning writer

With one of the most anticipated books of the year being released this spring (5th Wave, Putnam), Rick Yancey has finally realized his dream to be a writer. It all started for him when, as a 14-year-old boy, he turned in a creative writing assignment that was five times as long as it should have been. He was ashamed and afraid of a receiving a bad grade until he saw the note his teacher had written on his story: Never apologize for something you should be proud of. According to Yancey, that was the point he knew he would be the next Ernest Hemingway.

Rick Yancey went on to earn an English degree and dabbled in playwriting and screenwriting, but with little success. Eventually, he discovered he needed work with benefits and a steady salary. Responding to an advertisement for a government job offering just what he needed, Yancey soon found himself working as a tax collector for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

After 12 years of pursuing individuals and businesses for the payment of taxes due, Yancey reached a place where he just couldn’t imagine himself doing the same thing for years to come. “I always had the dream to write, and I felt the opportunity was there to make that leap, to burn the bridge, and to be the person I dreamed of being when I was 14.”

“Sometimes I sit down to write and I still can’t believe it is my job.”

Yancey left the IRS with the encouragement and support of his wife and family in pursuit of his dream. But, like many dreamers discover, he found the road to his dreams was paved with potholes instead of gold; and it took much longer to get to his destination than he had planned. However, after numerous rejections, his first book, A Burning in Homeland, was finally accepted and he was on his way.

“You have to have faith in yourself, keep knocking on doors, and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” advises Yancey. “Don’t stop until you find someone who has the same amount of faith in you that you have in yourself.”

Since the initial acceptance of his first book, Yancey has written several more books for teens and adults and has been a Printz Honoree (The Monstrumologist) and a Carnegie Medal Nominee (The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp). In May, his newest book, 5th Wave, will be released. The first of a fresh science-fiction trilogy for young people, 5th Wave is one of the most anticipated books of the year. According to Yancey, the book is a love story with science fiction as a backdrop. It focuses on a young girl’s love for a boy and for her family and reveals what makes people human when ultimately everything else is taken away.

Success for Yancey seems a sure thing for years to come. However, he has a back-up plan just in case. “If the writing thing doesn’t pan out, then I’ll go to work in a bookstore because I really fell in love with books when I was young, then life pressed in, and then I rediscovered my love of books after I started writing again.”

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Stock Your Shelves While Building Your eLibrary

Mason Crest, in partnership with Mackin Educational Resources, is offering customers one free hardcover book for every eBook purchased for eBook orders of at least $500. Simply place an eBook order for $500 or more of Mason Crest eBooks through using promotional code MASON. In addition to filling the order, Mackin will catalog and process the free printed books that correlate to the Mason Crest eBooks purchased. The following options, in any combination, are available at no additional cost: MARC record, one applied barcode, one applied spine label, one applied reading program label, and a Mylar cover on jacketed books.


Patricia Polacco Presents
Anti-bullying Workshop on April 20

There are still a few seats left for the April 20, 2013, professional development workshop at Mackin’s Burnsville headquarters. Early registration is only $25 ($30 at the door) and includes two continuing education credits (2 CEUs) for Minnesota educators, an autographed copy of Bully, and a continental breakfast. Attendees will also be eligible to receive a discount on six additional titles by Patricia Polacco. Learn More

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James Patterson and Dwyane Wade
Go One on One April 25

Don’t miss the national online webcast for kids featuring James Patterson and Dwyane Wade! Created especially for kids in fifth grade and up, the webcast, “One on One: Fundamentals with Dwyane Wade and James Patterson” will highlight the significance of reading. The webcast is free of charge and will air on April 25, 2013, at 1 pm (EST). To register for the 40-minute webcast, visit To enter a drawing for signed books, basketballs, and pictures, visit the Special Events page at

Spring 2013 Compendium Available Now

Featuring a professionally compiled collection of the most recent highly reviewed K-12 titles and an in-depth interview with Patricia MacLachlan, the Spring 2013 issue of Compendium is now available. Provided free of charge, the printed publication is published twice a year—once in the autumn and once in the spring—and mailed directly to customers and distributed at trade shows. It is also available for viewing on

Mackin Customer Wins Playaway® Giveaway

Mackin Customer Cindy Bishop of Rebecca Creek Elementary in Spring Branch, Texas, is the winner of the $1,000 Playaway® starter collection as advertised in the January 2013 eMackin. Congratulations!

Mackin Educational Resources is honored to be one of a select few distributors of Playaway products in the nationwide K-12 school market. Playaway is the simplest way to listen to more than 17,000 audiobooks. Unlike CDS, audio cassettes, or downloads, Playaway does not need a separate player. Instead, it comes pre-loaded and ready to use. Learn More

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