NV Students First In the Nation to Launch the Billion Ebooks Gift Program


CARSON CITY, NV - February 02, 2016

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced Nevada would be the first state in the nation to partner with Ustyme to launch the Billion eBook Gift Program in an effort to promote early literacy and encourage family reading. Sandoval was joined by representatives from Washoe County School District including Debbie O’Gorman, principal of Kate Smith Elementary School, Dr. Angie Taylor, President of Washoe County School District Board of Trustees, Linda Salesky, Founder of Ustyme, Nick Balian, Illustrator for Ustyme, Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of EDAWN and students from Kate Smith Elementary School.

“Literacy is a key component to all of our student’s success. When a child can read it can spur creativity, develop the imagination and help unlock their learning potential. This gift will provide all Nevada children with greater access to high-quality books and give families a resource to help their children build good reading habits at a young age,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I am pleased that this technology was developed in Nevada and that our students were selected as the first in the nation to receive this innovative resource.”

“We are excited to have the Washoe County School District be the first in Nevada to embrace the Billion eBook Gift Program,” said Linda Salesky, Co-Founder of Ustyme. “Ultimately, the most important gift for every child is spending more time together with the caring adults in their life. Having 50 great books in your pocket or tablet anywhere, anytime, gives families more time together to read and share, which improves cognitive development and language skills in young children and helps them read with confidence.”

Ustyme gives free e-books to all Nevada students as part of their Billion eBooks Gift initiative, providing a selection of 50 free children e-books to anyone who visits BillioneBookGift.org. This announcement was made today at Kate Smith Elementary School in Sparks where Governor Brian Sandoval gave his support and shared enthusiasm to encourage reading with children. Nevada is the first state to launch this program.

Billion eBook Gift transforms phones, tablets and computers into essential tools for family reading both side-by-side or shared in a video call

Billion eBook Gift graphic depicting a woman and child with a tablet

The Billion eBook Gift campaign is expected to help children build healthy brains; boost imagination and self-confidence and establish the social and emotional foundation for later success. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently advised that interacting with technology as a family facilitates social interaction and learning.

With the Billion eBook Gift, smart phones, tablets and computers are transformed into essential tools for families to read together side-by-side or in a video call. It includes favorite classic stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and more, all digitally mastered in HD and available in both English and Spanish.


About Ustyme

Ustyme is a family-first company with the first open digital platform that enables people to share activities – reading books, playing games and much more – while spending time together side-by-side or in a real-time video call. Ustyme distributes family educational and entertainment content and is the publisher of high-quality children’s books and family games. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablet, Chromebook and web, the Ustyme app makes it easy to socialize in a video call and create meaningful, deeper relationships through shared experiences of any type of content, in any language, on virtually any device. For more information, please visit www.ustyme.com

About Billion eBook Gift

Billion e-Book Gift is an initiative of Ustyme to give over one billion children’s e-books free to families across the nation, thus providing the largest gift of books in history. The campaign, which runs throughout 2016, is giving everyone 50 classic children’s e-books, all digitally mastered in HD, available in both English and Spanish to read on any device, both side-by-side or in a live video call. Billion e-Book Gift supports Reading Is Fundamental and other literacy programs to ensure that children have access to a choice of books that caring adults can read and share with them. For details, visit BillioneBookGift.org or follow @BillionBookGift, the #BillioneBookGift on Twitter and Facebook at www.facebook.com/BillioneBookGift. Images and materials are available at http://bit.ly/1ThACzx

For More Information, Contact:

Essy Nickolova
essy@ustyme.com, 949-702-2004

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