free ebook collection for low income students. From what we know thus far, The Guardian (“App could turn Americaâ€™s poor into lifelong readers“) notesÂ how the free ebooks will consist ofÂ “public domain titles, spruced up with new art and typography, accessible for students from all backgrounds.” But simply providing free ebooksÂ might be the easy part —
“The app will have to be pretty enticing to lure teenagers off Snapchat, but itâ€™s certainly a laudable scheme …Â The low cost of distribution can make digital-based literacy schemes seem deceptively easy to implement. For something to be more than a showy gesture, communities need to be receptive.“
Will the app be good? Will the books themselves be interesting enough, of good enough quality, and useful enough to get buy-in from students and teachers? Details remain scant for the time being, but it will be extremelyÂ interesting to watch as theÂ project developsÂ — and hopefully succeeds. Free ebooks won’t solve all of the problems of digital education access, but the Open eBooks projectÂ would be a huge step in the right direction if it works.
For a recap,Â Bustle: “The Open eBooks App Will Allow Children From Low-Income Homes To Access Thousands Of Books For Free” has a quick rundown —
“First Book, a new nonprofit, White House-led initiative, has joined forces with publishers, other nonprofits, and the New York Public Library to create anÂ app called Open eBooks that will bring free literature to studentsÂ across the country. The app is currently being developed by a team of tech leaders working with the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and will provide readers aged 4 to 18 years old, from low-income homes, withÂ thousands of free e-books.
…Â Once completed, the app will be made available to nonprofits, community organizations, and schools that serve low-income youth.”