Hundreds of New E-books Available to Texans through their Public Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has purchased licenses for new e-books that are now available through the E-Read Texas program. E-Read Texas is an online program that makes electronic books freely available through the SimplyE app, which is easily downloadable at no cost through an app store. The program was created to support digital content for libraries serving communities with populations under 100,000.

The new titles, which include a special curated list of 600 books for children K-8, can be accessed through any mobile device or computer. The public can also access other electronic resources available through their local library and other state electronic resources, including online journals, magazines, videos, and other e-books through the TexShare library, another service of TSLAC.

The most recent additions to the E-Read Texas program offer an exciting library on different life and educational areas such as nutrition and diet related resources, including many cookbooks. The collection geared for K-8 features educational titles curated by teachers and the TIME for Kids series. The majority of the titles comprise juvenile nonfiction, including science, mathematics, sports, history, and art in both English and Spanish.

The collection also features a library of Texas-related works. Published by the Texas Book Consortium, these books come from university and small presses, including Texas A&M University Press, TCU Press, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, Texas Review Press, and Texas State Historical Association Press. With more than 700 titles, the collection focuses on Texas history, geography, nature, and many other topics. The library features many Texas authors.

There are more than 6,000 e-books currently available in the E-Read Texas collection, and almost 100 Texas public libraries participate in the program. E-Read Texas focuses mainly on materials for adults and includes fiction and popular non-fiction. E-Read Texas also purchases young adult crossover materials.

For more information about E-Read Texas, including titles available and library eligibility, visit the website at