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(reblogged from BookWorks)

Open eBooks

The Open eBooks initiative was established with a partnership between The New York Public Library, DPLA (Digital Public Library of America), and First Book, with assistance from Baker & Taylor, and made possible by generous commitments of publishers, with funding support provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

If you are a writer for children [7 or under], middle grade [8-12] or young adults [13-18], Open eBooks is a program that might be of interest to you.  At its core, their software application contains thousands of popular and new titles, which are made free for children from in-need households.

Michelle Obama Helped Kickstart the Open eBooks App . . .

On February 24, Michelle Obama and the White House officially helped launch the Open eBooks app to provide $250 million worth of free digital texts.


As part of the Open eBooks initiative, their app allows users to access thousands of free eBooks on smartphones or tablets.  It’s open to any educator, student or administrator at one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or any of the 194 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States.

Addressing Indie Authors

Rachel L. FrickToday, I interviewed Rachel L. Frick, director of business development for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to learn more about the possibility of this program providing indie authors with an opportunity to distribute their work.

Since the scope of this project reaches out to a wide audience, it’s logical that Open eBooks would accept book submission from the traditional publishers at the onset.

However, in time if indie authors could also be accepted, it would allow both veteran and newbie authors to have their work judged and vetted by their target audience.  Like the basic premise of James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds, a consensus by a larger group of people will surface more accurate assessments of one’s work, than any expert or book reviewer could possibly achieve.

Read the rest of the post here.