The University of Southern California Libraries has announced plans to launch a new online book reading service that will let students download books in their native language and stream them on the internet, in addition to their smartphones and tablets.
The university said that its new service, called the USF Book Library, will launch this fall, and will allow students to access books from the library’s library of the year collections, as well as from other public libraries around the world.
The service is designed to be a “one-stop shop” for students who are interested in learning more about reading, said Sarah D. Kocsik, director of digital and interactive learning.
“The idea is that they’re able to access all their reading material, and also all the digital books that they want to access,” Kocsiksaid.
“And, they’re not forced to use Google Books or other digital books, which is an amazing convenience to have.”
Students will also be able to create a “virtual book shelf” where they can browse books, and they can add books to their virtual library.
“Our goal is to make it easy to get books and to have the materials to make a great book reading experience for students,” Kock said.
“This service will allow for students to learn in a fun and engaging way.”
Kocski added that the library is working with Google Books to create content for the service, which will be accessible to students in more than 190 languages.
“There’s a lot of different resources available, but there’s also a lack of content,” she said.
The new service will be offered to students for free.
The USF library system already has its own online book-buying service, the USFSB Book Store, which has been used by students to acquire and read books, according to Kocsesksays.
The Book Store’s free book collection will be expanded to include the US FBS library, which includes over 4,200 books.
USF Library also has a program called the World’s Libraries, which provides free online book and audio books.
“We want to make sure that our libraries are offering a variety of resources and resources to our students,” said Kocsisksaysays.
Students can also search through libraries’ collections, search online and view their reading and reading-related content, as long as the library does not use Google, Apple, or Amazon.
“They can find books and audio and video, and if they’re interested in it, they can do that,” Koca said.
As for how the library plans to keep students on track, Kocsoksaid that the new service is intended to help students make the transition to reading online.
“As students get older, they become more interested in books,” Kocks said.
“[This new service] is a great way to make them feel more comfortable with the process of going online.”
Kock added that it will also give the library an additional revenue stream by allowing it to collect books from people who purchase them from the USFPublishers and Google books, since these companies are “the largest distributors of books in the world.”
USF libraries also have a program, called Library in the Digital Age, that offers free online learning and access to reading materials.