Increase in the use of e-books and audiobooks by schools in 2020

CLEVELAND, Dec 1 2020 / PRNewswire / – In a challenging year, the shift to distance and hybrid learning has accelerated the adoption of eBooks and audiobooks in the classroom. Therefore, OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for schools worldwide, reports that a record number of K-12 schools have gone digital in 2020.

Today, 38,000 schools in 71 countries – an 80% increase from last year – allow students to borrow and read their school’s e-books and audiobooks through the Sora reading app for students. Tens of millions of books were borrowed by students through Sora in 2020, nearly triple the total in 2019. Digital adoption has been on the rise for several years but has accelerated significantly this year. due to the pandemic.

“Over the past five and a half years, Napa Valley USD has released over 97,000 digital media from OverDrive Education and the Sora app,” said Kate macmillan, Library Services Coordinator at Napa Valley USD in California. “Of that incredible number, 24% of these circulations have been in the past eight months. Seeing these numbers increase has given my office a clear idea of ​​the collection card and foresight to increase our digital budget for. meet the needs of our students during this pandemic. “

Marguerite Gaudino, Media Programs Coordinator for the School Library at Montgomery County Public schools in Maryland, added, “Library media libraries in our district began to take advantage of online resources early in the pandemic and these digital resources continue to be vital during distance learning. With the individual implementation of student devices in our district, as well as the increase in ebook purchases, we can say with confidence that all of our students have equitable access to high quality reading material. A bonus outcome is the ability for students to take advantage of the accessibility tools within Sora. “

The data shows that students read more with Sora. In addition to easy 24/7 access to assigned readings and other digital materials, students can also use the app’s built-in feature to connect Sora to their public library’s digital book collection. local. E-book and audiobook withdrawals increased by over 460% when students connected Sora to their local public library, compared to the same time period in 2019. This built-in feature expands students’ access to more books digital, providing students with additional reading options appropriate to their age.

“The demand for digital books in schools has increased with the pandemic, and our teams have gone to great lengths to meet this need,” said Angela Arnold, Managing Director of OverDrive Education. “We realize how critical this is for teachers and students. The good news is that we are all starting to understand how digital reading can have a powerful impact on student engagement. With Sora, teachers have more information about how students read than they would. have with the impression. “

The top five titles borrowed from K-12 schools in 2020:

  1. Diary of a weakling child through Jeff Kinney
  2. Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone by JK Rowling
  3. The ninja breadman through Katrina charman
  4. The Lightning Thief through Rick riordan
  5. From the top through Lincoln Peirce

Top five fictional subjects (eBooks and audiobooks) borrowed from K-12 schools in 2020:

  1. Comics and graphics / Humor
  2. Fancy
  3. Fiction Picture Book
  4. Historical fiction
  5. Mystery

Top five non-fiction topics (ebooks and audiobooks) borrowed from K-12 schools in 2020:

  1. Biography & Autobiography
  2. Story
  3. Sociology
  4. Nature / Sciences
  5. Reference

To learn how schools are leveraging Sora to increase test scores and reading rates with digital books, engage teenage readers, boost digital book use, and more, visit https:// Sessions on these topics and beyond are presented during the ISTE20 Live virtual conference of November 29 to December 5, 2020. The recordings of each session will be available for viewing for six months.

Learn more about Sora and get started here.

About OverDrive Education – a division of OverDrive

OverDrive Education is the leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools, offering the industry’s largest catalog of streaming ebooks, audiobooks and video. As a 100% digital company serving more than 30,000 schools worldwide, OverDrive combines technology with content to support learning and reading in the K-12 classroom, library and home on all main devices. Sora, the student reading app, has been named one of the TIMEBest inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive – the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools around the world – and OverDrive Education are based at Cleveland, Ohio UNITED STATES. OverDrive was acquired by funds affiliated with global investment firm KKR in 2020.

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