Minneapolis, Minn. (May 6, 2011) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has named myON™ reader from Capstone Digital one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Innovation Incubator Program. Districts across the country are implementing myON reader, a personalized literacy environment that provides access to the largest integrated online library of digital books with multimedia supports, customized to a student’s interests and reading ability. Capstone Digital will be highlighted at the 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit, sponsored by SIIA, where the company will vie for recognition as “The Most Innovative” and “The Most Likely to Succeed” in the ed tech market.

“Our 10 finalists have developed innovative solutions that truly address personalized learning,” said Karen Billings, vice president of SIIA’s Education Division. “I’m eager to see how these organizations leverage their participation in the Innovation Incubator Program to further enhance their products and services for the education technology market.”

The Innovation Incubator program connects the developers of promising, new technologies with industry leaders, potential investors and established organizations seeking partnerships or prospects for acquisition. Thirty-five applicants were assessed on a range of criteria, including the degree to which the products offer flexible anytime/everywhere learning, project-based/authentic learning, adaptive mastery/competency-based progression or pace, and other characteristics of a student-driven, personalized learning solution.

Designed for PreK-8 and remedial readers, myON reader offers an expanding library of more than 1,100 digital books from award-winning Capstone imprints. Embedded reading scaffolds, including audio, highlighting and dictionary, support students at every reading level. myON reader develops a profile for each student based on interests and reading ability, and then generates a recommended book list to encourage students to read more and further improve their reading skills. For more information about myON reader, visit www.myON.com.

The 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit will be held May 22-24, 2011 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
To view the Innovation Incubator Program finalists, visit www.siia.net/etis/2011/incubator.asp.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 170 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

About Capstone Digital
Capstone Digital, a division of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments and interactive resources. Offerings include digital books, research databases and audio books, all designed to increase fluency and reading levels for PreK-8 students. Using Capstone Digital products, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. For more information, visit www.CapstoneDigital.com.

About Capstone
Capstone is the leading publisher of children’s books and digital solutions, offering everything from nonfiction, fiction, and picture books to interactive books, ebooks and literacy programs. Imprints and divisions include Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Capstone Digital, and Heinemann-Raintree. For more information, visit www.CapstonePub.com. Connect with Capstone at http://connect.capstonepub.com.

Media Contacts
• Jennifer Glidden, Capstone Digital, 952-224-0594, j.glidden@capstonepub.com

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-839-9800, emily@cblohm.com

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