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E-Read Texas brings electronic books to Texans served by small community libraries in all parts of the state. E-Read Texas provides library e-books and an e-reader application that make it possible for all Texans served by public libraries to access e-books. The E-Read Texas collection primarily includes adult fiction and popular non-fiction and is most appropriate for an adult audience.

Eligibility Criteria

Texas public libraries serving a population of no more than 100,000 users are eligible to join E-Read Texas. As of October 2021, public libraries serving a population of more than 100,000 users, but with electronic collection expenditures of less than $100,000 per year are also eligible to join. 

Annual submission of the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report is also required in order to participate in E-Read Texas. 


TSLAC has partnered with Amigos Library Services to implement SimplyE, an e-book app, for smaller public libraries. SimplyE was developed by the New York Public Library in partnership with other major libraries in the nation in response to challenges patrons face in accessing e-books. As of April 2022, Amigos has implemented SimplyE for over 170 public libraries from all parts of Texas (map).

Contact (for more information)

Sign-Up Forms


  • Upcoming webinars
    • Introductory webinars for libraries interested in joining E-Read Texas 
      • Thursday, June 16, 2022, 11 AM - 12 PM (Central)
    • Updates and Q&A session for current E-Read Texas participants
      • Next session will be in September 2022, date TBD
  • Recorded webinars

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E-Read Texas E-Book Collections

To assist libraries that have little or no e-book content, TSLAC also purchases e-books that libraries can lend to their patrons. The E-Read Texas collection primarily includes adult fiction and popular non-fiction and is most appropriate for an adult audience. All content can be accessed using the SimplyE mobile application. The collection is chosen to include titles that will be popular with patrons, with enough copies to keep hold lists short. The TexShare E-Books Working Group is responsible for creating the Collection Development Policy and the selection of content for the program. If you have concerns about specific materials in the collection, please submit the Request for Reconsideration form.

MARC Records

At this time, we are only able to provide MARC records for the Biblioboard content. If your library uses the Biblionix Apollo ILS, you can add the MARC records to your catalog using a SIP connection. Please contact Karen McElfresh for instructions.

For all other systems, you can download a the MARC records by clicking on the links below. When you click on the link, a new window will open and you will see a .mrc file download in your browser.  If clicking the link doesn't work, try right-clicking on the link, copying the URL, and then paste it into a new tab in your browser. If it still doesn't work, please contact Karen McElfresh. 

Promotional Materials

TSLAC created a media kit that includes a variety of materials participating libraries can use to promote E-Read Texas to their communities. The kit includes a draft press release, a letter to elected officials, and social media posts, as well as links to instructional documents and other printable materials. If you would like to have bookmarks and flyers mailed to you, please complete this form, or contact Karen McElfresh.

Page last modified: May 20, 2022