Digital ebooks for required reads now available in simple per-grade price model, educators can learn more at FETC


ORLANDO, Fla. – January 24, 2024 OverDrive announced today that it has streamlined the pricing for digital books required for EL Education’s curriculum. Educators can purchase an ebook bundle of required reads for K-8 student reading on the Sora platform as a single price per student/per grade, greatly increasing equity by ensuring every student has a copy of the book they need. Educators can learn more by visiting Sora Booth #2940 at the Future of Education Technology (FETC) conference in Orlando from January 24-26.

“It has been especially helpful for our staff and students to have access to EL resources through OverDrive,” said Kimberly Ray, Director of Digital Learning & Library Services at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “The digital versions of the required and recommended texts allowed increased access to resources inside the classroom and provided the option to continue the learning outside of the school day. It has been a cost-effective approach to wider access for many of our students.”

Schools that have adopted the EL Education curriculum can complement print with digital books in Sora, and half of all schools in the USA already have the capacity to do so. The Sora student reading platform serves more than 62,000 schools worldwide with the industry’s best ebook and audiobook catalog and award-winning user experience. Digital reading in Sora is simple: Complete the EL Education inquiry form; purchase the number of grade bundles your school requires; after purchase, titles can be live on student devices in as little as two hours. Digital books do not require rostering, can be reserved with an unlock code, and accommodate all kinds of readers with features like dictionary, translation, highlights and annotation.

Nearly 99 percent of EL Education required titles that are produced in a digital format are available in Sora, such as The Snowy Day, Hidden Figures and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Similarly, some four hundred supplemental titles that enhance EL Education’s standard ELA modules are available in Sora, too. Digital books are also available in other languages and in audiobook and readalong formats. Pricing starts at just $13.99 per pupil in grade 8.

Interested schools should inquire at or visit Sora Booth #2940 booth at FETC to learn more about the new EL Education digital book bundle. Attend presentations at Booth #4711 to hear educators from around the country share how they are using digital content and Sora to engage their students and staff:

  • “How OCPS Brought Digital Reading to Their Large Urban District” and “Keys to Elevating Readers with Ebooks and Audiobooks” – Friday from 9am-10am

For more information about the Sora app for schools, visit and FETC Booth #2940.


About OverDrive Education and the Sora student reading platform

OverDrive Education, a division of OverDrive, offers the largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and other content for over 62,000 K-12 schools and millions of students worldwide. The Sora student reading platform, named one of TIME‘s Best Inventions, provides every student with access to the right books and supports the need for required curriculum titles, class sets and pleasure reading. (acquired in 2021) complements Sora with one of the largest catalogs of supplemental resources that “bring books to life.” Founded in 1986, OverDrive – which also provides digital content to public, academic and corporate libraries – is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA.


David Burleigh
Director of Communications