E-book content and applications for schools

By: | June 25, 2018

Digital book platforms now provide more than just reading materials. Today, students can listen to audio recordings, highlight text and watch accompanying videos. Meanwhile, teachers can monitor student progress through assessment tools. Some content even caters specifically to educators for use in professional learning communities.

e-Books on Gale Virtual Reference Library platform

Gale, a Cengage company

These enhanced e-books contain closed-captioned videos with interactive transcripts and curriculum-aligned tools, including printable worksheets and classroom-ready activities. The UXL Ignition Science e-book, for example, features 70 STEM projects. Gale Cengage created these e-books with librarians, teachers and advisors.




myON offers over 13,000 digital e-books and features daily news articles written for students in English, French and Spanish. Teachers can create personalized assignments, such as writing activities that use graphic organizers. Educators can also follow student engagement through optional end-of-book quizzes.


Global PD

Solution Tree

This online tool for professional learning communities contains 20-minute videos and e-book content that teachers can browse by chapter. Educators can create and share custom playlists of content and arrange online support sessions with PLC-certified coaches using Global PD’s scheduling calendar.




The Tales2go subscription audiobook service provides access to over 8,000 titles for pre-K through 12 students—and adds approximately 100 more e-books per month. This service also includes fiction and nonfiction titles in French and Spanish. The subscription options vary for classrooms, libraries and building licenses.



OverDrive Education

Students can start reading e-books on this app with just one finger-tap. The Sora app features personalization options, including audio, dyslexic font, enlarged text and read-along settings. Students can take notes, highlight text and look up words in Sora’s digital dictionary.


Cricket Media


This subscription collection features more than 400 titles for pre-K through 8, including From Sloppy Copy to Polished Prose. This e-book teaches students how to write magazine articles that engage readers.


Capstone Interactive


Capstone adds titles each spring and fall to this digital collection of over 5,500 e-books. These digital books feature text-to-speech highlighting, full-color illustrations, and audio recordings that model fluency and pronunciation. Students can access these e-books 24/7 on devices with high-speed internet access.


Taking Earth’s Temperature E-book Series

Rourke Educational Media

Rourke has four new e-book series, including Taking Earth’s Temperature, a collection of six titles for grades 4 through 8. This series, available fall 2018, presents multiple points of view on current issues and includes activities that illustrate climate change.


Follett E-books

Follett School Solutions

Students can access Follett’s 650,000-plus titles on nearly any device. The platform features tools for note-taking, offline-reading accessibility and a dictionary with grade-appropriate definitions. With the Destiny management system, teachers can share collections with colleagues districtwide.


Literacy Pro

Scholastic Inc.

This digital classroom management tool for independent reading features over 2,200 e-books with quizzes and more than 5,000 titles. Students can create personal reading goals and track offline reading through an online log that teachers can monitor. Scholastic will release Literacy Pro in September 2018.


Why Audiobooks

Learning Ally

Why Audiobooks features 80,000 e-books narrated by 100 professional voice actors. The platform includes a library of K12 STEM textbooks and literature aligned with most curricula. Students can download books at school or on a mobile device using the Why Audiobooks app.


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