How I Use It
I would use this product in a high school English classroom to assign different novels for students to read. This would be a great resource if a teacher wanted to use literature circles or assign a whole-class read. It allows for a flipped-classroom structure, as students can read independently, but the teacher can still monitor their reading progress and get feedback on how they are annotating text and see how far they are in completing homework assignments. I use Google Drive in my classroom, and like that students can sign in with their Google account and also enjoyed the face that the product interface reminded me of Google Drive/Docs.
I would definitely add my own spin on the curriculets (already created curriculum for each book or unit), as I like to have thematic approaches to reading, but this is easily done in the editing section of each curriculet. Overall I would just like to see more young adult literature in this product, but I would suggest it for educators interested in non-fiction or classic high school novels, such as Scarlet Letter or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Some definite strengths of this product are that it allows for open-ended grading and interactive annotations in reading mode. The program includes image-rich assessments and data reports for teachers that show student time on task, the homework they've completed and gives class averages too. The interface reminds me of Google Drive - very clean-looking. I like the fact that the program has ready-to-use Curriculet units, which you can use or edit to add your own content to it too. You can also create your own, original Curriculet for your students to use.
One of the negatives is that so far, the company only has classic novels (although they have a good amount of non-fiction), so if an English teacher is interested in using this, the product does not contain any young adult literature, or common novels taught in grades 4-8. It has more high school-level novels.
Overall this is one of the best ereader, curriculum-based products I've seen. I would use it in my own classroom, but there is just not enough middle school curriculum on it just yet.