Books and reading are the perfect remedies to help ease stress and anxiety and bring people together, even at a time when they have to be apart. If you are looking for ways to bring books into your life without breaking the “social distancing” parameters, here are some new deals that are being offered to the public in this time of crisis:
Free Access to Digital Comic Books: Comixology Unlimited, Amazon’s digital comic book subscription service, is offering a 60-day trial offer, instead of a 30-day trial offer, for an indefinite period.
Audible Stories for Kids and Teens: Audible, the audio subscription service run by Amazon, launched Audible Stories, a free service that offers educational and entertaining audiobooks for kids, teens and families. Perfect for parents who are trying to keep their children entertained while at home, but with limited screen time.
Scribd for Free for 30 Days: Scribd, the e-book, audiobook and magazine subscription service is offering a 30-day free access to their entire library.
#BooksConnectUs:Penguin Random House USA CEO Madeleine MacIntosh announced the launch of #BooksconnectUs, a social media “initiative where readers can come together online and share their love of books.”
Collins at Home: Collins Learning, an educational imprint of the publisher HarperCollins, makes hundreds of books and learning resources free for teachers and families to use at home as schools close over the coronavirus.
Macmillan US has made e-books available again: After enacting an embargo on their e-books 4 months ago, the CEO of Macmillan announced that the company will return to the library e-book pricing model that was in place before. They will temporarily lower e-book prices on select books “to help expand libraries’ collections in these difficult times.”
The Family Zone: The National Literacy Trust has launched new online zone for parents to engage children and support learning at home, with author videos, poetry workshops and illustration sessions, as schools close across the UK. (Credit: The Bookseller)
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