What Is Owl Eyes?

Owl Eyes is first and foremost a library. We provide public domain texts for anyone to read and annotate—completely free. We also provide content and resources for educators who wish to teach these texts.

Our mission is to make public domain texts more accessible in the classroom and to equip educators with all the resources needed to teach the texts we know and love. We're obsessed with education and will continue to create the best tools to help people read and learn—and enjoy doing it!

  • Read free texts on any device, simply and beautifully. Users can read annotations, write their own, save books for later, and create reading groups to collaborate with friends and peers.

  • Teach using our free classroom tools. With students reading more and more on mobile, we decided to bring the text and homework to them. Create a virtual classroom, add students, and collaborate on these classic texts.

  • Plan your next lesson as an Owl Eyes Teacher Member! Our Teacher Members unlock exclusive access to our lesson plans, teaching guides, classroom activities, and more. Learn more about becoming a member and about how to get access for your school.

Who Writes the Official Annotations and Teaching Materials?

Our in-house editorial team consists of former teachers, educators, and English-literature enthusiasts who love researching and writing about these classic texts. We make sure that everything on the site is edited and fact-checked before we publish.

Owl Eyes for Teachers

Why "Owl Eyes"? Owl Eyes is a character in The Great Gatsby, whom Nick discovers in Gatsby’s library. Owl Eyes is poring over Gatsby’s large collection of books, and is amazed that they are real (and not fake books designed to create the illusion of knowledge). We hope Owl Eyes will inspire you to read...anywhere and on any device.

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