One awesome aspect of a tablet, such as an iPad, is the ability to have one device containing many books. However, the challenge is finding the books.
Epic, an iDevice app which is free for teachers and librarians, contains thousands of titles which can be accessed by students using a variety of filters such as age level of reader and interest. Formats include books that are read to students, books for early readers, and extensive chapter books.
As students read books, they can be awarded badges and obtain new themes to use with the app.
Once you set up your teacher account, you can create profiles for students on one iPad. This is great if you have students sharing one iPad. Epic keeps track of what students have read under each profile as well as providing a list of titles tailored to the students interest. Note: when setting up these profiles each account will be asked to confirm via a parent email address.
If you are in a one to one environment where each student has their own iPad, or iPod, then they would be fine using the guest profile.
Be sure to sign up as an educator when you first open the app. You will need to complete an online form submitting your educational information such as school, grade, and email.
You may consider creating your account online at Getepic.com, then download the app and begin your reading adventures. The online site allows you to browse through titles, but reading the books is done via the app.