Ebook and Audiobook Usage in Schools Sees Record Growth

Jan 29, 2019

Digital books are a powerful educational tool, providing students with the opportunity to improve their literacy and learn anytime, anywhere. The popularity of digital books is soaring: usage of ebooks and audiobooks in K-12 classrooms and libraries grew 46% in 2018. Now, eight millions students from 17,000 districts and schools have the opportunity to access digital books through Sora, the new student reading app from OverDrive Education.

The top five ebooks for K-12 students in 2018:
1. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
The Maze Runner, James Dashner
Big Nate Makes a Splash, Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate Makes the Grade, Lincoln Peirce
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

The top five audiobooks for K-12 students in 2018:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling
A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'engle
 The Lightning ThiefLincoln Peirce
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJ. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJ. K. Rowling

Sora, launched at the beginning of this school year. The OverDrive Education catalog now consists of two million ebooks and audiobooks in virtually all subjects. Through the app, students have easy access to both the school’s and local public library’s vast digital collections anytime, anywhere. Students also benefit from personalized learning tools like dyslexic font, exportable notes, and highlights, built-in dictionary and Google Translate. Each student can also see the total number of books they've opened, total time they've read, reading streak and average time per session, while teachers can view this data on an aggregate level.

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