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eBook Search – Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers

eBook Search provides users with access to digital books. From the app’s main screen, users must tap the “Download Books” options from the “Import” category. On the next screen, users can choose books from a variety of sources from the “Free Books” category. Depending on the source selected, users can either peruse the books available for download or they will have to make additional selections in order to access the books. For example, the “Feedbooks” resource requires users to choose if they wish to browse the “Public Domain Books” or “Free Sample” category. If the “Public Domain Books”…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 4.6
B. Design - 6.8
C. Engagement - 5.7

5.7

An App Needed for Middle and High School ELA Classrooms!

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eBook Search provides users with access to digital books. From the app’s main screen, users must tap the “Download Books” options from the “Import” category. On the next screen, users can choose books from a variety of sources from the “Free Books” category. Depending on the source selected, users can either peruse the books available for download or they will have to make additional selections in order to access the books. For example, the “Feedbooks” resource requires users to choose if they wish to browse the “Public Domain Books” or “Free Sample” category. If the “Public Domain Books” category is selected, users most then choose how they wish to view the books, including by Most Popular, Recently Added, Fiction, or Non-Fiction. After making this selection, the actual book titles appear, and users can access information about the book by tapping its title. To view its full text, users must tap the “Download” button on the top right of the screen and choose how they wish to download it. (We recommend the “PDF” option.) To read the downloaded text, users must continue tapping the “Catalog” and “Library” button on the top left. After multiple taps, users will see the text they downloaded listed on the screen. Users can then tap the text’s title and choose which app they wish to use in order to view it.

Instructional Ideas

  1. During time for silent sustained reading, teachers can have students choose and read a book using this app. For accountability, teachers can have students keep a reading log using an Office app, where they record the pages read, the date when they read, and a summary of what happened.
  2. Teachers can develop students’ ability to select books using this app. To do so, teachers can have students read information about the same books using this app. Next, students can talk about what the book may be about and what may interest them about the book based on its preview. At the conversation’s end, teachers can have students decide if they would or would not read the book and explain why.
  3. Instead of using a traditional paper-based book, teachers can have students read a book using this app.
  4. Over the course of a semester, teachers can require students to read a certain amount of books. Teachers can use this app to provide students with instant access to those books. Or, teachers can have students find the paper-based version of a book and compare it to its digital version in this app. Students can then create a Venn diagram to compare the two versions of the same book and then choose which they would like to read.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
0 star = Not Applicable
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
0 star = Not Applicable
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility
0 star = Not Applicable

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  • eBook Search - Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers Screenshot
  • eBook Search - Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers Screenshot
  • eBook Search - Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers Screenshot
  • eBook Search - Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers Screenshot
  • eBook Search - Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers Screenshot
  • eBook Search - Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers Screenshot
  • eBook Search - Free books for iBooks and other eBook readers Screenshot