Open Library: Reading and Literature

Published On: February 26th, 2016·By ·

Open Library for Generating Interest in Literature

Open Library

101 Days of Free Tech for Teachers, Day 40
Open Library is an online project whose goal is to create one webpage for every book ever published. Please read that again… for every book ever published!  Pretty amazing, eh? This site offers over a million free eBooks, and has an eBook lending library as well. Since these books are easily accessible, it encourages students to read more and generate an interest in literature. Open Library even has a read-aloud feature that is great for struggling readers or for people reading on the go. Individuals are also able to contribute to the site by making edits or adding books to the archives.

How We Decide Which Free Tech Tools to Feature
Yup, there are thousands of apps, tools, services, websites, and other offerings — many free — designed for teachers and students. So, how do we sort through all of those to feature the ones which are most useful and interesting? Well… we start by sorting through thousands of these things… then we talk to the presenters in the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community and watch their videos closely… then we talk to many of the members in the Teacher Learning Community, teachers just like you who are using these apps and tools day in and day out. We've been doing this for over 30 years and have, in that time, developed a sense for what's good and bad. Have we missed something that we should feature here? Most certainly. So, let us know in the Comments section what we should take a look at and we'll throw 'em into the hopper.


Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to

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