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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.


Accredited public libraries serving a population of no more than 100,000 users are eligible to join 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 May 2020, Amigos has implemented SimplyE for over 70 public libraries from all parts of Texas (map).

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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 offers adult leisure reading e-books that can be accessed using the SimplyE application. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a national nonprofit, provides both free and licensed books through its DPLA Exchange marketplace. 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 policies and the selection of content for the program.

Promotional Materials

TSLAC has developed a half-page flyer and a bookmark that participating libraries can use. You can either download the files and use them as-is, or request a customized version with your library logo by emailing Karen McElfresh, TSLAC Resource Sharing Projects Coordinator. 

Page last modified: November 23, 2020