The Great Books Foundation provides Great Books Plus Service to customers and their users through its online application, read.greatbooksplus.org, and related iOS App and Android App (the “Service”) subject to the following Terms of Service. Whenever you access Great Books Plus’s online application or use its iOS or Android Apps, you do so subject to the Terms of Service and all policies or procedures specifically incorporated herein by reference.

Acceptance of Service

Your order or your use of the Great Books Plus Service constitutes your acceptance of and your agreement to abide by these Terms of Service, and all incorporated policies and procedures. Do not use the online application or iOS or Android Apps if you do not agree to the Terms of Service.

Description of Service

Great Books Plus Service is designed to allow users to access and read Junior Great Books® digital materials, as well as make annotations, including highlights, pen notes, typed notes, and pictures. Student users can complete reader’s journal pages and assessments and submit them to their teacher(s). Teacher users can review completed pages and assessments submitted to them by their student users. Teachers can also view summary classroom and individual user analytics including number of books opened and assigned, total reading time, pages read, total number of reading sessions, average reading time per session, average pages read per session, notes created/shared, highlights shared/created, and resources shared/created. Optionally, collaboration can be enabled for a customer whereby its users can share annotations with others in their class. All users understand and agree that the Service provided by Great Books Plus (whether paid or free trial) is provided “as-is.” As a software-based service with ongoing updates based on user feedback and security updates, there may be problems of implementation or performance, commonly known as “bugs.” Great Books Plus strives to test, update, maintain, and optimize its system regularly so that the Service is delivered to users safely and effectively. Periodic updates occur very early or late hours over the weekend.

Subscription Policies

Subscription Payment & Activation. Users wishing to access paid content on Great Books Plus must create an account with Great Books Plus and activate a subscription. For PayPal™ and credit card payments, the date of payment will be the activation date. For payments made by check or purchase order (“PO”), the activation date will usually occur within several business days of Great Books Plus’s receipt of an acceptable check or PO. Activation date may be delayed as the user and Great Books staff determine and carry out the implementation method. In addition, activation date can be delayed at the request of the user.

Term, Termination, & Renewal. A paid Subscription begins on the activation date and extends for 12-months (the “Term”). On the last day of a Term (the “Termination Date”), your

Subscription will end unless you renew your Subscription for an additional 12-month term on or before the Termination Date. You understand that Subscriptions do not automatically renew, and that it is your responsibility to renew your Subscription prior to the Termination Date.

Payment Options. The Great Books Foundation accepts online payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal™. Users wishing to pay for a Subscription by check, PO, or other means, must contact customer.service@greatbooks.org or call 1-800-222-5870.

Billing Security. Great Books Plus uses Secure Sockets Layer technology that sends credit card data in encrypted code. Great Books Plus does not keep a record of, or have access to, your credit card number.

Passwords. Your Great Books Plus username and password give you access to your Subscription when you create your account using an access code, or when you or your school or school district give us permission to create your account on your behalf, or you create your account through clicking on an integration or Single-Sign-On link. Please take appropriate measures to keep your password confidential and do not share it with third parties. If your password gets disclosed, please use the Forgot Your Password link to reset your password, or advise Great Books Foundation’s Customer Service immediately, and we will issue a new password and eliminate the previous one.

Implementation Methods. Default method for issuing licenses is access codes. For classroom or group implementations, classroom rosters can be imported into the Great Books Plus platform by providing the first name, last name, email address, role (instructor or learner) classroom name. For larger implementations, a school or district and Great Books Plus can agree to directly integrate the school’s LMS using an LTI-standard integration or using a third-party integration.

Data Privacy Policy

Account Data and certain other information about you are subject to our Data Privacy Policy.

The Great Books Foundation and its Great Books Plus software supplier and subcontractor take data privacy seriously. We shall comply with all US federal laws and regulations pertaining to data privacy and security, including FERPA, COPPA, and PPRA as they relate to the collection, use, storage, or sharing of all user data and specifically student data. The Great Books Foundation and its Great Books Plus software supplier and subcontractor agree to abide by and maintain adequate data security measures, consistent with standards and best practices within the educational technology industry, and to protect all User Data including Student Data from unauthorized disclosure or acquisition by an unauthorized person. These measures shall include, but are not limited to:

  • Passwords and Employee Access. We shall secure usernames, passwords, and any other means of gaining access to the Services or User Data including Student Data. We shall only provide access to Student Data to employees or subcontractors that are performing the Services.
  • Security Protocols. We shall maintain security protocols that meet industry standards while the data is in transfer and storage, ensuring that data may only be viewed or accessed by parties legally allowed to do so. We shall maintain all data obtained or generated in a secure digital environment and not copy, reproduce, or transmit data, except as necessary to fulfill the purpose of delivery of Great Books Plus Service.
  • Security Technology. We shall employ internet industry standard measures to protect data from unauthorized access while the data is in transfer and storage. The service security measures shall include firewall, server authentication, data encryption, and password protection. Great Books Plus has entered into a written agreement with a third-party subcontractor in performing functions pursuant to the Great Books Plus Service, whereby the subcontractor agrees to host data pursuant to these Terms of Service. Upon request, Great Books Plus shall provide the customer with a description of the subcontractor.

Data Ownership

Student Data. All student data transmitted to Great Books Plus is the property of the student.

Parent Access. A parent, legal guardian, or student may request the opportunity to inspect and review student data in the student’s records, and seek to amend student data that is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s right of privacy. We will respond in a timely manner (and no later than 45 days from the date of the request) to the customer’s request for student data in a student’s record held by Great Books Plus to view or correct as necessary. In the event that a parent of a student or other individual contacts Great Books Plus to review any of the student data accessed pursuant to the Great Books Plus Service, we shall refer the parent or individual to the customer, who will follow the necessary and proper procedures regarding the requested information.

Third Party Request. Should a Third Party, including law enforcement and government entities, request data held by Great Books Plus pursuant to the Terms of Service, we shall redirect the third party to request the data directly from the customer. We shall notify the customer in advance of a compelled disclosure to a third party. We shall share user data with law enforcement if required by law or court order.

Disposition of Data. Upon written request we shall dispose or delete all data obtained under these Terms of Service when it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained. Upon receipt of a request from the customer, we shall delete user data within 10 calendar days. We may also delete all data obtained during delivery of the Great Books Plus Service when the customer does not renew the service and the expiration date of their service has passed.

Great Books Plus Proprietary Rights

You acknowledge and agree that the Service provided by Great Books Plus, and all necessary software used in connection with the Service (“Software”) contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that information presented to you through the Great Books Plus online application and the Great Books Plus iOS and Android Apps are protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by Great Books Plus, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, or create derivative works based on the Service provided by Great Books Plus or the Software, in whole or in part.

You also agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell, or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Great Books Plus online application or iOS or Android Apps.

Grant of Limited License. Great Books Plus grants to you, the Licensee, and your users, a personal, nonexclusive, and nontransferable license to use the Service on a single computer or smart device at a time. An individual user may access Great Books Plus on up to six devices over the term of your Subscription. You agree that you will not copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble, or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in, or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the Service. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interface that is provided by Great Books Plus for use in accessing the services. You agree to not print pages with the exception of pages where printing is enabled as displayed by a printer icon.

Restrictions of Use. You understand that the Software and Service offered by Great Books Plus are wholly owned by the Great Books Foundation and/or its vendors and are protected by copyright and other laws in the United States and elsewhere. A Licensee may not copy or distribute the Software or Service to anyone, for any purpose, at any time. As a Licensee, you are permitted use of the Service for the number of users subscribed; there is no transfer of ownership or copyright. You agree that this License grant does not include the rights of modification, manufacture, distribution, sale, or sublicense. Great Books Plus reserves the right to cancel your membership without refund if it is determined that you have violated this portion of the Terms of Service.

Copyright Violation Notice

Great Books Plus respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our subscribers to do the same. If any copyright owner believes that there is any intellectual property infringement on Junior Great Books materials displayed in Great Books Plus, please contact us at customer.service@greatbooks.org and we will investigate.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold the Great Books Foundation, its parent and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of any content you submit, post, transmit, or make available through the Great Books Plus application or iOS or Android App, your use of the Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of the Terms of Service, or your violation of any rights of another.

To the fullest extent allowed by law, the Great Books Foundation shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless you, your directors, officers, agents, employees, and guests against any claim or demand arising from any actual or alleged act, error, or omission by Great Books Plus or its directors, officers, agents, employees, volunteers, or guests arising from Great Books Plus’s duties and obligations described in this agreement or imposed by law.

This policy was last modified on December 12, 2023.