About us.

Mission statement of Ebooks for Students, Ltd., a non-profit in Washington D.C.

The goal of this non-profit is to provide students with with exciting, informative and low-cost ebooks in order to increase the amount of reading accomplished in secondary school classrooms. Too often in the past, teachers have not been able to obtain a class set of books—with a book for each student—needed to provide abundant reading opportunities. With very low cost ebooks, you can remove this barrier.

The amount of print exposure in the years before college or employment could increase. With more reading and writing sucessfully completed in high school, students will then be more likely to avoid the remedial classwork in community college which delays their progress toward degrees.

Do the quality of reading assigments matter? Will excitement and drama of biographies and stories about life and death in Korean War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Mexican Revolution and the Middle East help build the habit of reading or are textbooks enough?

Do students need the repetition of characters and setttings available in a biographies or can weaker readers handle the blurring abundance of topics in world history textbooks?

Our favorite reformer of the 1980s said that bad books damage students and schools. In “Horace Compromise,” Ted Sizer wrote that…

“Dennis’ bright eyes deadened as the class proceeded. His paper was as neat as his haircut and tennis shirt, but it was clear that he could barely write. It was as though he were copying nonsense ideographs. He persisted for a while and then slowly sank, head downward, asleep, propped up by his over-eight-hundred-page world history textbook, virtually none of which he could either read or understand. Roman fires and sewers, Chinese horses, Indian cities, dates B.C. and A.D., were light years from this youngster. Morpheus put him out of his misery.”

Please let us know at support@ebooksforstudents.org if the biographies and trade books we have published are working with your students. Are they doing more reading in these ebooks than they had been doing in their World History, American History and Civics textbooks? We would like your feedback and their feedback.

Finally, for some of our titles we have included writing assignments. In teaching some of these books, we found that including writing assignments with the reading encouraged students to actually finish the readings. For a writing assignment to be acceptable, it had to have paraphrases or direct quotations from the readings.