First Book Partners with White House, Libraries and Publishers on Groundbreaking Effort to Bring Thousands of e-Books to Children in Need
WASHINGTON -- Through a new White House-led initiative, First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, is helping connect children in need across the country with access to thousands
of e-books. The initiative, announced by President Obama at the Anacostia Library in Washington, is part of a broad effort to ignite kids' love of reading by improving access to digital content and public libraries.
Through the initiative, called Open eBooks, major publishers are providing $250 million worth of e-books to children from low-income families for free, including 10,000 of their most popular titles. The books will be accessible through an Open eBooks app, currently being developed by the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Together, the organizations will curate and deliver the e-books to programs and classrooms serving low-income students. Anyone can sign up with First Book at www.firstbook.org/register. •