Some Houston Harmony students can now access the library anywhere there’s WiFi thanks to a new app called Open eBooks.
Harmony School of Advancement launched Open eBooks this fall as a way to provide more reading materials for low socio-economic and military families. Students can download on both Apple and Android devices to access thousands of free books online. They also can have books read aloud with the text-to-speech feature.
“This new program expands our book offerings for our students and teachers. Open eBooks also allows students to also check out and read books over holiday breaks when they do not have access to the school library,” said Tabish Zaidi, advancement’s librarian.
The national nonprofits Digital Public Library of America, the New York Public Library and First Book manage the app after after the White House encouraged 10 major publishers to provide books in an effort to provide reading material to lower income families.
“I like the new Open eBooks app because I can now read on the bus on my way to school or back home,” said Aurelia Ksiez, 11th-grader at Advancement. “I also like the fact that newer books are available because sometimes our school does not have the funding to buy all of the latest books.”