In case you haven’t heard, there is a new app for reading eBooks called Open eBooks.
Below is a description take from their site describing the app.
“Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from low-income households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Children from low-income families can access these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps.
Open eBooks is possible due to a partnership between “Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), First Book, and The New York Public Library (NYPL), with content support from digital books distributor Baker & Taylor — created the app, curated the eBook collection, and developed a system for distribution and use. They received financial support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and content contributions from major publishers.”
Obviously, there are lots of people invested in this project, and the idea of publishing moving forward excites me!
Hopefully, they’ll open up the platform to children who aren’t low-income, but because they are a non-profit, they probably won’t. To use the platform, you have to be registered through First Book, which is another non-profit that provides books to children in need.
Open eBooks currently works with educators and librarians directly, not individual readers, so you have to request that your child’s school is set up to participate in the program in order to access the books.
Visit here for more information.
It’s an exciting time for books, and I look forward to see where we’ll end up.
Thanks for reading.