Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer a range of digital products to meet the needs of readers and educators and ensure our books are accessible to as many readers as possible. Orca books are available in print and two ebook formats (EPUB, PDF). In addition, select titles are also available as narrated "Read-Aloud" ebooks and MP3 audiobooks.
Orca produces ebooks with single-user licenses for individuals and multi-user licenses for schools and libraries as part of a digital subscription.
Orca titles are available in two ebook formats: EPUB and PDF.
PDF: PDF files can be opened by Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, most ebook readers, and modern web browsers. PDF ebooks are a "fixed" file format, meaning that the text and illustrations will not move or adjust based on the device's screen size.
EPUB: EPUB files require a dedicated ebook reader program to open. Most smartphones, tablets, computers, and e-readers have these programs installed and automatically open your file. Popular ebook readers include Calibre (all devices), iBooks (Mac) and Bibliovore (Windows). Check your device's app store for the most up-to-date options. EPUB ebooks can be either "fixed" or "reflowable." Fixed-format EPUBs will not change their layout based on the reader's screen size. Reflowable-format EPUBs will adjust based on the reader's device.
For board books, picture books, and graphic novels, Orca publishes fixed-format EPUBs to ensure our books always look great on readers' devices. For novels, Orca publishes reflowable-format EPUBs, which allow readers to adjust the font size to their reading preference.
Orca Digital Subscriptions are a unique, easy and cost-effective way to provide ebooks to an entire school or district.
Digital subscriptions include unlimited, multi-user access (from school or home) to all books in your subscription via the online e-reader and the Orca Digital app. Each reading platform includes features for users to adjust their reading preferences (screen brightness, font size). The Orca Digital app also allows readers to save books to their devices for offline reading.
How does it work?
Pre-Built Digital Subscriptions: Orca offers several pre-built digital subscriptions for many ages and reading levels. To order one of these subscriptions, add it to your shopping cart, check out online, and our customer service team will be in touch to set up your access. We will be updating our pre-built list of digital subscriptions in Summer 2022.
Custom Digital Subscriptions: Orca is happy to build custom digital subscriptions to meet the needs of your school or library. Any Orca ebook can be included in a digital subscription. Unfortunately, we cannot include titles from our distributed publishers in digital subscriptions. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and to discuss your school's or library's needs.
Q: What's the difference between an ebook and a digital subscription?
A: An ebook is downloadable to your device for perpetual access (as long as the format is accessible by your device), but it is a single license for a single reader. A digital subscription provides access to ebooks for an unlimited number of readers for a specific amount of time (1 or 5 years).
Q: How do students access the ebooks as part of the subscription?
A: Students can read online using the Orca Digital Web Reader or through the Orca Digital App installed on their device for online or offline reading.
Q: Can I build a custom collection?
A: Yes, you can! We can create a digital subscription for a single book or an entire line or series. Please get in touch with email@example.com for pricing and to discuss your school's or library's needs.
Q: Do digital subscriptions include audio?
A: Orca's digital subscriptions do not include audiobooks and are not narrated. Most screen readers will be able to read the text, but the Orca Digital Web Reader and Orca Digital App do not include a read-aloud function.
Orca offers audiobooks for a wide range of titles, including Read-Along picture books and downloadable MP3s.
Read-Along: Read-Along picture books are EPUB files that include full text, illustrations and narration. When a book starts, its pages will turn automatically with the narration. These files require a dedicated ebook reader program to open. Most smartphones, tablets, computers and e-readers have these programs installed and automatically open your file. Popular ebook readers include Calibre (all devices), iBooks (Mac) and Bibliovore (Windows). Check your device's app store for the most up-to-date options.
MP3: MP3 audiobooks include only narration. These files can be opened by almost all audio programs and modern web browsers. Your device should come pre-installed with a program that can open MP3 files.