If you teach literacy, you’ve probably heard the big news from the Obama Administration about the Open eBooks App that is meant to provide free ebooks to students with disabilities, students at Title I schools, and students at schools run by the Department of Defense. I have had the chance to download and utilize the app and it holds tremendous potential. However, it’s a little bit tricky to set up, so hopefully this article will serve as a speedy how-to guide.
Step 1: Setup a First Book Account
First Book is a great resource for buying hard copies of books and school supplies. Matt and I have used their service several times and we’re very satisfied customers. That tidbit aside, having a First Book account is a mandatory prerequisite for getting an Open eBooks account. Don’t be scared off though. Setting up an account is easy.
Step 2: Log into your First Book Account and Go to This Page
Once you’re on that page, you need to select which “Collection” you want. All of the “Collections” are free, but they provide different bundles of books. The “All Ages Collection” is good to experiment with first so you can see all of the books that are offered on this platform. Once you are ready to provide this tool to your students, you may want to choose a more specific “Collection” that best suits each of your individual students.
Step 3: Go to “My Cart” and “Proceed to Checkout”
Once you’re on this page, you mostly just need to follow the on-screen prompts. However, there is one important thing to note. Where it says “Quantity,” they are really asking you how many licenses you want for your students. Eventually, you’ll need to give your students an individualized code. This page determines how many individualized codes you’ll receive. The good news is that you can request an unlimited amount of codes. If you make a mistake, you can always go back and get more codes.
Step 4: Check Your Email for Your Individualized Access Code and Pin
Step 5: Download the Open eBook App for your Apple or Android Device
Open eBook only exists for Apple and Android phones and tablets. On these devices, simply visit your app store and download the “Open eBook” App.
Step 6: Input your Access Code and Pin
You’re now ready to use the App! As always, please reach out to me at Rob@GrowingReadersDC.com if you would like support!