E-Read Texas 

E-Read Texas brings electronic books and audiobooks to Texans served by small community libraries in all parts of the state. E-Read Texas provides over 20,000 downloadable e-books and audiobooks and a mobile 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.

Attention: As of January 2024, we are not accepting new libraries into the E-Read Texas program. We are currently in the process of making some program changes, and will resume adding new libraries in October 2024. Contact kmcelfresh@tsl.texas.gov if you have questions. 

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As of January 2024, we are not accepting new libraries into the E-Read Texas program. We are currently in the process of making some program changes, and will resume adding new libraries in October 2024.

Made Possible by IMLS Grant

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Grant # LS-252486-OLS-22).* (2023)

What is E-Read Texas?

E-Read Texas is a statewide e-book program for small to medium sized public libraries in Texas. E-Read Texas provides eligible libraries with a collection of over 20,000 e-books and audiobooks, and a subscription to the mobile app SimplyE.

What is SimplyE?

SimplyE is the mobile application that library patrons use to access the e-books and audiobooks in the E-Read Texas collection. SimplyE is an open-source application and was developed by the New York Public Library system.

How Does Amigos Library Services fit in?

TSLAC contracts with Amigos Library Services to provide hosting and implementation of the SimplyE app. If you join the program, you will work with Amigos to get set up, and Amigos is also available for ongoing technical support and troubleshooting.

What if we already have e-books?

You can still participate in the program. Depending on the vendor you use for your library’s local e-book collection, you may be able to incorporate those titles into SimplyE.

My library isn't eligible for E-Read Texas.
Are there any e-books we can use?

A subset of the E-Read Texas collection is available for all Texas libraries to use. There are approximately 6,000 e-book titles available from Biblioboard at the link below. The URL is geolocated and recognizes the location of the user; as long as the user is in Texas, they should be automatically authenticated into the website.

If you want a separate link containing only content for children grades K-8, use the E-Read Texas for Kids collection link.

Page last modified: March 19, 2024