Open eBooks 4+

The New York Public Library

    • 3.1 • 28 Ratings
    • Free



Our mission is simple: to foster the love of reading.

Our goal is to provide a free and safe reading environment in which students can develop a relationship with reading on their own terms. Open eBooks offers free ebook titles to students to read on their school-provided or personal devices.

Open eBooks stands apart from other ebook apps because we are focused only on reading. We do not collect, store or sell any personal data about users, sell any books or support any sort of in-app purchase, and do not gain any profit.

To learn more about our program, go to

To get access to Open eBooks credentials to log on, teachers, school administrators, librarians and other educators can visit where they can learn about our registration process.

What’s New

Version 3.0.0

Please note that this version iOS 14 or newer to run on your phone.

We've revamped our app! Here’s what we’ve been working on:
- Improved user interface
- Discover books by genre
- Updated accessibility controls
- Critical bug fixes

Attention! To improve the user experience, we have updated the reader. You may see your old bookmarks disappear.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

team_carlisle ,


I really love this app, and I would have given 5 stars, but the app has already removed books from my account twice, and when I download them again, I am put back to the beginning of the book. There is no option to go to a particular page, which is frustrating and forces me to go one page at a time to get back to where I left off. Please fix with next update.

Chicks 24-7 ,

Get the full series

I haven’t looked very hard but two series that I have read don’t have all the books. For example, the scarlet rose. All they have is book 2 and 3 but there are 5 books! I like this series but I can’t read it all. I don’t even know how it started!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking time to leave us a review. Your input is valuable to us, and helps us work towards improving Open eBooks. We will look to include the rest of the Scarlet Rose series in our next request to our publisher partners. Participating publishers generously donate titles to Open eBooks with consideration to requests, but it's not always possible for us to obtain requested titles.

We invite you to experience Open eBooks 3.0.0! Released in March 2024, it features a streamlined user interface, genre browsing, enhanced accessibility, and over 1,000+ new titles. Learn more at


Pretty Good but…

I like this app, it is really good but I don’t know if it is my phone or the app, but nothing is loading in on it. I open the app because my dad has my real books, and nothing is loading in. I don’t know if it is the app or my phone but I hope it gets fixed. Other than that, this app is really good!

Developer Response ,

Hi ADDITHEHAWK. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your input is valuable to us, and helps us work towards improving Open eBooks. I’d like to invite you to try the newest version of Open eBooks 3.0.0, just released in March, 2024. For more information about Open eBooks, eligibility requirements, and how to access the collection via our educational partners, please visit

Open eBooks 3.0.0 Highlights:
New streamlined interface for improved user experience
New browse by genre book discovery feature
Improved accessibility for personalized reading comfort
Increased support for graphic novels and picture books
Over 1,000 newly added titles from participating publisher partners

App Privacy

The developer, The New York Public Library, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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