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Explore more than 300,000 e-books and audiobooks available for free at NYPL—from children's books to bestsellers. You can also find accessible e-book offerings, learn about downloading e-reader apps to your device, discover books available from our digital collections, and more.

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Introducing SimplyE

SimplyEGet SimplyE, NYPL's new e-reader app, available on the App Store or Google Play. Log in with your New York Public Library card and PIN and start reading.

Need help? Download the Quick-Start Guide (PDF) or check the Support Center.


IMLS LogoSimplyE has been made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Award Numbers LG-05-13-0356-13 and LG-00-15-0263-15).

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Our e-book and audiobook collections include bestsellers, newly released titles, and classics for children, YA, and adult readers.

Getting Started

Not sure where to begin? Search our NYPL Support Center guides for the name of your device: we have e-books for Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad and iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Nook, Windows and Mac computers.

Find beginner e-book guides in Spanish, Chinese, French and Russian.
Find an e-book help session near you in the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island.
Visit the eReading Room blog for tips and tricks as well as e-reading recommendations.

Popular E-books, Audiobooks, & Magazines



A large selection of e-books, audiobooks, and video for use with a wide variety of e-readers, portable devices, PCs, and Macs.

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3M Cloud Library

Cloud Library

A growing selection of e-books, for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android products, and Windows PCs. Download the app to get started.

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Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics, and even Spanish language audio books! There are 1,000 books in the collection. These books are always available, never on hold, and no need to download.



The New York Public Library now offers free access to a digital magazine platform that allows users to read more than 100 popular titles, including Bon Appetit, Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine, Seventeen, Time, and English and Spanish language editions of People. Download instructions.

Accessible E-books, Magazines, & More

BARDBARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)
If you have a visual impairment, physical print disability, or dyslexia, become a member of the Andrew Heiskell Library for free access to the BARD collection of e-audiobooks, e-audio magazines, and/or electronic braille. Download over 50,000 titles with no wait and keep them forever. These audiobooks can be played on a free app for iOS devices, on third party devices such as the Victor Reader, or on the free talking book player the library sends you when you register.

Join the Andrew Heiskell Library, BARD: Download Talking Books

Library patrons of any age with a print disability can now access Bookshare for free! Bookshare books are read aloud by the synthetic voice of your computer or mobile device, while also displaying the text, highlighted as it is read. Some titles also include original images and diagrams. Bookshare carries 350,000 titles and includes not only popular titles but also textbooks, technical manuals and lesser known titles. Bookshare will digitize on demand any book assigned to a student in class that is not already available, and allows members to upload their own scans for creating new accessible titles. Learn how to sign up.

E-Books For Kids

For KidsTumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books. Story books, puzzles and games, audiobooks, and books in other languages.

TumbleBook Cloud is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: e-books, Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic), and audio books suitable for middle and high school grades. TumbleBook Cloud Jr has similar content suitable for elementary grades.

Bookflix pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with nonfiction e-books from Scholastic. (PreK - 3)

E-Books from University & Scholarly Presses

Project MuseProject Muse
Provides full-text access to top quality book-length scholarship and peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.



Very Short IntroductionsVery Short Introductions
The full text of the entire catalog of Oxford University Press's Very Short Introductions series. The books in this platform offer concise overviews to a range of academic subjects in the arts & humanities, law, medicine & health, science & mathematics, and social sciences.




The full text and full catalog of Sage Publishing's social science ebook platform.





University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)
University Press Scholarship Online offers full text of over 7,000 academic monographs in 21 subject areas covering the humanities, social sciences, medicine, and law from six leading university presses.



BrillBrill Online Bibliographies
Search seven bibliography e-books published by Brill: ABIA - Index of South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology, Bibliography of Arabic Books Online, Book History Online, Index Islamicus, Index to the Study of Religions, Linguistic Bibliography, and The International Aristotle Bibliography.

E-Books Digitized from the Library's Research Collections

HathiTrustHathiTrust is a large-scale digital repository of content shared by more than 80 library partners. Its goal is to serve as both a secure and trusted repository of content, as well as a central point of access to that content. Currently, all NYPL items deposited in HathiTrust stem from NYPL’s partnership with Google for offsite book scanning.



DC Digital Collections provides free access to more than 800,000 digitized items from the holdings of The New York Public Library, with new items added every day.