SimplyE - About

Built by libraries for libraries, SimplyE is an easy-to-use app, available for both iOS and Android devices, that makes it easier for patrons to read library ebooks and listen to audiobooks. Currently, the primary audience is public libraries, but related projects are in the works.

Amigos Library Services was one of the first consortia to become involved in the development of this service, and now is also a hosting provider for libraries that cannot, or prefer not, to host SimplyE themselves. Contact us for more information about hosting.

The app is available in both the Apple Store and Google Play store and includes a collection of freely-available ebook titles. Try it out!

  • Discover Ebooks & Audiobooks
    SimplyE is a discovery service for your ebooks and audiobooks. It displays titles from different aggregators and publishers in a single patron interface. They can read an ebook or listen to an audiobook within 3 clicks. A public library in your pocket!
  • Borrow with Ease
    Tired of DRM and multiple customer log-in methods? In SimplyE, enter your library card number and PIN just once and start reading and listening for free. No patron frustration with Adobe IDs.
  • Simply Read & Listen
    SimplyE uses the next generation of eBook technology and digital rights management (DRM) technology to make reading on your phone or tablet simple and convenient.
  • Privacy
    Patron privacy is built-in to SimplyE. Vendors will not be able to see which patrons have checked out which titles.
  • Accessibility
    Accessibility is a high priority for this project, both for ebooks and audiobooks. The reading software is based on Readium, a highly accessible epub reader. The audiobook player was built with accessibility in mind and should work with assistive technologies, including screen-readers like TalkBack (Android) and VoiceOver (iOS).
  • Open Source
    Built with maximum use of open source software, open specifications and standards-based technologies, SimplyE was initially developed by the New York Public Library using funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Other organizations, such as Minitex, Califa, Lyrasis, and Amigos Library Services, now aid in this development and others are always welcome.