Cleveland – June 7, 2022 – Access to digital books for K-12 students to read and listen has reached a milestone. Since the launch of Sora in 2018, students using the free Sora Student Reading App have now accessed more than 100 million books from their school’s digital collection. Sora is an award-winning student reading app available to more than 53,000 schools worldwide.
As schools transform with the increasing use of digital books and reading technology, educators and school librarians are creatively integrating digital titles and Sora curriculum programs and fun lessons. For example, educators use Sora to connect students to the local public library for extra age-appropriate materials through the Public Library Connect. In addition, educators can create their own digital book clubs for students, as well as encourage them to participate in regional or global programs. Finally, educators can effectively serve people with print or reading disabilities through digital audio and use Sora’s badges and achievements to encourage students to spend more time reading.
Through Sora and a school-managed account, students have convenient and secure access to age-appropriate ebooks, audiobooks, digital comic books, and more from their school’s hand-picked collections. Notable facts about 100 million book milestones:
- Digital book format: Ebook (87%) and audiobook (13%)
- Top genre: Juvenile Fiction / Nonfiction, Comics & Graphic Novel, Humor, Young Adult Fiction / Nonfiction, Fantasy, Picture Book Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Biography & Autobiography
- The largest number of digital books has been accessed in the United States: Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Colorado and Massachusetts
- World languages: 18 percent of 100 million checkouts were non-English titles.
- Top non-English language books: Spanish, German, Chinese, French, Swedish, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, Afrikaans and Russian
- Top 10 Class Set Titles (by Usage): Hut By Carl Heissen, Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition By Margot Lee Shutterley, Home on Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros, Outsiders By SE Hinton, Calculating by 7 seconds By Holly Goldberg Sloan, The Hate You Give By Angie Thomas, The birth of a crime By Trevor Noah, Enrique’s Journey By Sonia Nazario, To kill a mockingbird By Harper Lee and Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradberry.
“Sora has been incredibly popular with Stratford school students since we launched it four years ago,” said Keira Pride, manager of library services at Stratford School (California). Because it allows them to spend time reading the requested book. The built-in dictionary is incredibly effective because it allows their curious minds to instantly define new or unknown words. “
Also, Miss Pride said Sora is ideal for special programs because it encourages reading and collaboration. “We host an annual campus-wide competition that challenges students to reach all 30 achievements in Sora. Students happily share tips and tricks to help their schoolmates reach some more challenging achievements. Thanks, Sora, for the fun of reading! ”
The benefits of digital contribute to ongoing growth
Digital books allow educators more flexibility and options to encourage students to read. In addition to the built-in acquisition and dictionary, the Public Library Connect partnership between schools and their local public libraries allows students to easily access and read more digital books. With this feature, students use their school credentials through Sora – instead of a separate library card – to log in to the local library’s age- and grade-appropriate digital collection. The public library checkout reached record highs in the 2021-22 school year and continued its impressive growth after the triple-digit increase during the epidemic, with an 8 percent increase until April 2022.
Digital book clubs offer a fun and interactive way for students to continue reading even during the summer. An example is 11M The annual Sora Suite Reeds digital reading program now runs through August 17. Students from participating schools will be able to enjoy free access to ebooks, audiobooks and read-along with 50 popular teenagers and young adults from their school. Data from the Sora Suite Reeds program in the past indicates not only the program collection, but also significant readers of other books in the school library.
Digital books can be borrowed and read 24/7 on any device in the classroom, at home and anywhere. Educators can learn more about Sora by ensuring that every student has access to the correct book at https: //discoversora.com.
About Overdrive Education and the Sora Student Reading App
Overdrive Education, a division of Overdrive, offers 53,000 K-12 schools worldwide and the industry’s largest catalog of e-books, audiobooks, digital magazines and other content for millions of students. The company’s Student Reading App, Sora, gives every student access to the right book. The required curriculum titles, class sets and digital books support the need to enjoy reading, Sora’s powerful learning tools and insights help meet the needs of students and educators. Sora is named a TimeThe best discovery of 2019. Acquired in 2021, TeachingBooks.net complements Sora with one of the largest catalogs of original and curated literary resources. Founded in 1986, Overdrive – the leading digital reading platform for libraries – and Overdrive Education is located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. www.overdrive.com/schools