CLEVELAND – June 7, 2022 – Access to digital books for reading and listening for K-12 students has reached an important milestone. Since the launch of Sora in 2018, students using the free student reading app Sora now have access to over 100 million books from their school’s digital collections. Sora is the award-winning student reading app available in over 53,000 schools worldwide.
As schools shift to increased use of digital books and reading technology, educators and school librarians are creatively integrating digital titles and Sora into school curricula and reading enjoyment. For example, educators use Sora to connect students to their local public library for additional age-appropriate materials through Public Library CONNECT. Additionally, educators can create their own digital book clubs for students and encourage participation in regional or global programs. Finally, educators can effectively serve those with print or reading difficulties via digital audio and encourage students to spend more time reading by taking advantage of Sora’s badges and achievements.
Through Sora and a school-managed account, students have convenient and safe access to age-appropriate e-books, audiobooks, digital comics, and more from the collection hand-picked by their school. Important facts about the 100 million pound milestone:
- e-book formats: ebooks (87%) and audiobooks (13%)
- Top genres: Children’s Fiction/Non-Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor, Young Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction, Fantasy, Picture Book Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery, and Biography & Autobiography
- US states with the most viewed eBooks: Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Colorado and Massachusetts
- World languages: 18% of the 100 million cases 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): Hoot by Carl Hiasen Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly The Mango Street House by Sandra Cisneros, The foreigners by SE Hinton, Count by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, The hate you give by Angie Thomas, Born of a crime by Trevor Noah Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario Kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
“Sora has been incredibly popular with students at Stratford School since we introduced him four years ago,” said Keira Pride, manager of library services at Stratford School (California). “They love the achievement-based app, which reminds them of a fun video game, as it lets them spend time reading the books they’ve been asking for. The built-in dictionary is incredibly useful as it lets their curious minds Instantly define any new or unfamiliar words.
Additionally, Ms. Pride said Sora is great for special programs because he encourages reading and collaboration. “We hold an annual campus-wide competition that challenges students to achieve Sora’s 30 achievements. Students happily share tips and tricks to help their classmates achieve some of the toughest achievements. Thanks, Sora, for making it fun to read!
Digital benefits drive continued growth
Digital books offer educators more flexibility and options to encourage student reading. In addition to the built-in achievements and dictionary, Public Library CONNECT partnerships between schools and their local public libraries make it easy for students to access and read more digital books. With this feature, students use their school credentials through Sora — rather than a separate library card — to connect to the local library’s age- and grade-appropriate digital collection. Public library coffers hit an all-time high in the 2021-2022 school year and continued their impressive ascent following triple-digit growth during the pandemic with 8% growth through April 2022.
Digital Reading Clubs provide a fun and interactive way for students to keep reading, even during the summer. An example is the 11e annual digital reading program Sora Sweet Reads which runs until August 17. Students at participating schools can enjoy free access to 50 popular e-books, audiobooks, and side-readings for youth and young adults from their school. Past data from the Sora Sweet Reads program indicates significant readership not only of the program’s collection, but also of other books in the school library.
Digital books can be borrowed and read on any device in the classroom, at home and anywhere, 24/7. Educators can learn more about how Sora makes sure every student has access to the right books at https://discoversora.com.
About OverDrive Education and the Sora student reading app
OverDrive Education, a division of OverDrive, delivers the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and other content to more than 53,000 K-12 schools and millions of students worldwide. world. The company’s student reading app, Sora, gives every student access to the right books. Supporting the need to read required curriculum titles, course packages, and the fun of reading e-books, Sora’s powerful learning tools and insights help meet the needs of students and educators . Sora was named one of TIME‘s Best Inventions 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 are based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com/schools