Today the new app Open eBooks has launched, and we couldn’t be more excited! Open eBooks was created by the New York Public Library to allow children of in-need households to read award-winning titles for free, with no checkouts or holds. These titles can be read on a number of devices including donated tablets as part of the President’s ConnectED initiative and smart phones. The goal of this program is to encourage a love of frequent reading. The Digital Public Library of America works in partnership with a network of libraries, cultural heritage organizations and First Book to chose titles for inclusion in the Open eBooks catalog. First Book is a nonprofit organization that provides access to millions of brand new print books and other educational resources to classrooms and programs serving children in need. eBook platform services Baker & Taylor and AXIS 360 are providing books from publishers including HarperCollins, National Geographic, Penguin Random House, and more.
First Lady Michelle Obama made the announcement of the launch just moments ago.
If you are an educator, program leader, or librarian and would like to sign up for this service, please visit www.openebooks.net to learn how you can become a member of the First Book network and gain access to Open eBooks.