/  By  / 

Kindle Library reaches 400 titles, more to come

9780316219266favicon With just 12 hours left in 2013, the Kindle Library has reached 400 titles, thanks to a donation from LeAnne in Fremont, Calif.

It took just three months for the library to grow to 400 books from 300.

LeAnne has supported the Kindle Classroom Project for a long time, and I appreciate her dedication and generosity. She’s part of the 15-member cadre of sustaining donors who give and give and give. LeAnne does an excellent job getting books that students want by checking out my students’ Amazon Wishlist.

It’s fitting that Book #400 is The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, a biography of Jeff Bezos. Daniel, a highly skilled reader who requested the book in October, will be very happy to receive the book when we return from Winter Break next week.

If it took just three months for the Kindle Library to gain 100 titles, what does that mean for 2014? The future road looks promising: Just yesterday, I finally completed a $1,200 DonorsChoose project ($900 after sales tax and DonorsChoose’s fees, ugh) that will fund 90 books that students request. Here’s a screenshot of the completed project. (LeAnne was in on that project, too, along with other key figures Stuart, Laura, DSW, Iris, Michele, and Raman.)

Screenshot 2013-12-31 12.30.59

With those funds, along with the regular generosity of KCP donors, I predict we’ll reach 500 (or maybe even 600?) books by the end of the school year.

But there’s no rush. It’s important, of course, to keep the books excellent. That’s the most important thing. It’s better to have fewer good books than more bad ones. That’s why it makes me happy to say that I’m 100% sure that every single title that’s currently in the Kindle Library is high-interest and compelling to my students.

There’s only one worry I have: What happens when the Kindle Library gets too large? I mean, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. But the last time I checked, the latest Kindles could hold “more than 1,000 books,” according to Amazon’s website. How many more? I wonder. 🙂

Want to get in on the fun? Check out the Contribute Page for 10 ways to donate! favicon

Please share your brilliant insights!