How Adobe can help students and educators take advantage of free eBooks.
Explore how free eBooks can ignite young adults’ passion for reading.
3 reasons to start using eBooks.
- Get access to new books and free reading materials for students of all ages.
- Annotate and share your eBooks.
- Carry an entire library of books to class without the back strain.
How eBooks can help students.
Depending on when you grew up, you may have unpleasant memories of lugging a heavy backpack loaded with books to and from school every day. Students today don’t need to suffer the same fate. Since eBooks take up zero physical space, hundreds of them can be stored on an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle without the physical toll, the hassle of remembering which ones to pack, or the danger that they will be misplaced or damaged.
Ebooks are more affordable than paper or hardback books, making them more accessible to readers. Many e-reader programs, such as the Kindle app, are available for free.
Ebooks are also far more interactive than traditional books. It’s easy to highlight and underline text, take notes, find definitions for words you don’t know, and bookmark pages so you never lose your spot. And support for live, in-text hyperlinks makes it possible to explore information in greater depth.
Finally, thanks to options that adjust reading settings based on the reader’s needs, eBooks can help enhance students’ reading comprehension. For example, Adobe Acrobat Reader’s Liquid Mode — which uses AI and machine learning to automatically reformat text, images, and tables for easy reading on small screens — has been shown to improve students’ reading speeds by up to 27 words per minute.
- Ebooks for Students lets you immediately download PDF files of books organized according to grade level and genre.
- Project Gutenberg is the world’s oldest digital library, founded in 1971 to archive the text of more than 50,000 public-domain books and other literary works. With a vast selection of classic books available in plain text as well as eBook-friendly formats like PDF, EPUB, and MOBI, Project Gutenberg is an invaluable source.
- Open Library, a project of the nonprofit Internet Archive, is a wiki-style database featuring the full text of more than 1.4 million books made available for digital lending. Open Library collects texts from libraries, user contributions, and even the Library of Congress.
- Most public libraries digitize their collections and put them online where anyone with a library card can download them onto a phone, iPad, or e-reader.
- Many public libraries partner with web media platforms like Hoopla or Libby to provide access to books.
- Schools sometimes partner with reading apps such as Sora.
- Epic! gives teachers free access to books for kids in Grade 6 and younger.
- Internet Archive is a non-profit library providing access to millions of books, including free downloads.
- With the Kindle app you can access many free offerings from Amazon.
4. Make sure you have the right program or app installed on your device. The source you choose will give you guidelines for downloading, installing, and using a compatible system.
5. Download your free eBook. Files will automatically be available to view on an e-reader, PDF reader, or from your download folder.
How Adobe can help you manage your eBooks.
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a powerful e-reader program that you can use to download digital books and read them both online and offline. ADE supports EPUB 3, an advanced new eBook format which offers a dynamic set of features for students and educators, including embedded multimedia, interactive quizzes, and improved support for assistive technologies for readers with disabilities.
Students can use Adobe Acrobat Pro to help manage their eBooks and conserve space on their devices. If they’ve received multiple different reading assignments as separate PDF files, students can use the Merge tool to organize them all into the same file. Then they can use the Compress tool to help shrink the size of their eBook files and free up room for other literary works, allowing them to carry even larger libraries wherever they go.
Reading is one of the most important educational activities for students of any age. Through convenience and cost-effectiveness, eBooks ensure that students are never far from good reading material.