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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.


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 August 2021, Amigos has implemented SimplyE for over 150 public libraries from all parts of Texas (map).

Contact (for more information)



  • Upcoming webinars
    • Introductory webinars for libraries interested in joining E-Read Texas 
    • Updates and Q&A session for current E-Read Texas participants
      • December 7, 2021 at 11 AM - Registration link Coming Soon 
  • Recorded webinars

Other Links

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 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 .zip file of the MARC records and load them into your catalog. If you only want MARC records for the content on the E-Read Texas for Kids site, 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. 

Page last modified: October 13, 2021