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Free E-books for Underprivileged Kids


I receive periodic newsletters from Publishing Perspectives.

The most recent let me know about a new initiative that “offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.”

That last quote is from Digital Public Library of America and I do hope that folks from countries other than the USA will let me know in the Comments if anything like this is happening in their country :-)

Another quote from DPLA:

“A coalition of literacy, library, publishing and technology partners joined together to make the Open eBooks program possible. The initiative’s partners — 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 content contributions from major publishers. National Geographic announced today that they will provide all of their age-appropriate content to the app, joining publishers Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Cricket Media, Hachette, HarperCollins, Lee & Low, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, who made commitments providing thousands of popular and award-winning titles last year.”

The actual program for the kids is called Open eBooks.

From their site:

“Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Children from in-need 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.”

And, there are provisions for kids who don’t have e-reading devices:

“NYPL created the app enabling children to read eBooks on a wide variety of devices, including tablets donated as part of the President’s ConnectED initiative and on smartphones increasingly used by Americans at all income levels.”

“First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides access to millions of brand new, high quality print books and other educational resources to classrooms and programs serving children in need. First Book is providing full access to Open eBooks to every educator in its Network, and will distribute access codes for Open eBooks to educators serving children in need at fbmarketplace.org/openebooks.”

And, for those deeply interested, here’s a link to Open eBooks’ FAQ page
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2 responses to “Free E-books for Underprivileged Kids

  1. dgkaye March 9, 2016 at 12:23 am

    What a great thing! :)

    Like

    • Alexander M Zoltai March 9, 2016 at 1:31 am

      It really, truly is a Great Thing :-)

      Liked by 1 person

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