Dallas public libraries will offer free online books from the beginning of next year.
The new plan follows years of planning and is aimed at getting students back to school and boosting attendance in the city.
Dallas Public Library spokesman Joe Suggs said the library will offer more than 600 online books, including books from popular authors such as David Sedaris, Michael Chabon and Richard Adams.
It’s the first time libraries in Dallas will offer online reading, he said.
“The library is thrilled to bring these new services to Dallas and beyond,” he said in a statement.
“We hope to serve as a catalyst for other public libraries across the country to implement similar services.”
In 2017, libraries nationwide saw an increase of 6.7 percent in library book sales compared to 2016.
Suggs estimated the number of people who are currently reading online will reach 2 million in 2018.
The Dallas Public Library will offer a free online book on Wednesday for people who sign up through its website or online app, Suggers said.