NYC Students can access digital books FREE

Meet Sora, the student reading app.

Sora is the quickest and easiest way to read digital books. NYC students grades K-12 can log in using school credentials and instantly access hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks on virtually any device, for FREE.

New York City Department of Education’s ebook and audiobook collection is available 24/7. Get started with just a tap.

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Using Sora is easy!

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or download the app

Download Sora on the App Store Get Sora on Google Play

Use setup code: NYCSCHOOLS

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Sign in with your student ID

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Start reading!

Sora Quick Tips for Students

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Read, Listen or Read-along

Different types of books (ebooks, audiobooks or read-alongs) are available for all ages and reading levels!

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Read in 20+ languages

Use Sora in 10 languages including English, Spanish, French, Chinese & more. Some books are also available to read in over 20 languages!

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Earn Badges

Read for long periods of time, finish a book, or borrow different types of books and you’ll earn badges and bragging rights!

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Define, Highlight & Take Notes

Hold, drag & highlight text to make notes & define words. You’ll be able to export to PDF, Google Docs, & more.

Bonus: Connect to Public Libraries

In addition to ebooks and audiobooks available from the NYCDOE school collection, Sora allows students to:

  • Access thousands of age-appropriate digital books in all subject areas
  • Read books in more than 20 languages

Using your NYCDOE student login, you can borrow books from the Queens Public Library with Public Library CONNECT.

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Use digital books with your students

Sora, the student reading app, is our school’s gateway to the world’s largest selection of ebooks and audiobooks, spanning millions of titles from thousands of publishers.

Our current collection features digital books for required reading and supplemental reading, and can be customized with books your students need right now.

Watch “An Introduction to Sora” webinar

Assign Books

In Sora, you’ll be able to assign specific books to your classrooms at different reading levels.

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Track Achievements

View what badges students are receiving for reading achievements with in the app.

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View Progress

Monitor student progress. See how much & how often they are reading & in what formats.

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Hundreds of Premium Titles

The Sora app comes loaded with hundreds of premium titles that don’t cost our NY schools a penny. Plus, the titles in Sora’s free collection are frequently refreshed, so check Sora often!

Today, you’ll find*:

  • Community Reads: Spanish Titles for Young Readers
  • Community Reads: Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students
  • Premium, multi-user titles, constantly refreshed with new additions
  • Required reading classics: Emma, Call of the Wild, Great Expectations, Hamlet
  • Student favorites: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, El Deafo, The Terrible Two, Every Falling Star
  • Books from your local public library’s digital collection, if available (Menu » Choose Add a Library)

*Titles in Sora included free collection can vary over time.

Helpful Sora Resources for Educators and School Staff

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SELF-PACED TRAINING

Getting Started with Sora

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SELF-PACED TRAINING

Features for Students and Teachers

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Word Docs

Info Sheets & FAQs

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Printable Marketing Materials

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Foreign Language Marketing Materials

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Promote Sora online

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