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Introducing SimplyE: 300,000 E-Books to Browse, Borrow, and Read


The New York Public Library just released SimplyE, a new app that gives NYPL cardholders the ability to browse, borrow, and read more than 300,000 e-books from the Library’s collections in just a few easy steps.

It is now easier than ever to take the Library with you, whether you're at home, on your commute, or enjoying the summer at the beach. You can download the the initial release of SimplyE for iPhone/iPad or Android, log in with your NYPL card barcode and PIN, and start reading.

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If you're not sure what to read next, SimplyE features recommendations curated by librarians, making it easy to find books that you can access immediately. We're working to add additional features for the app in the near future, including a Kindle Fire version, a desktop reader, an mp3 audiobook format, as well as page bookmarking and text annotations.

You'll need a New York Public Library card to use SimplyE. Residents of New York City can apply in person for a New York Public Library card or renew at an NYPL location near you, and residents of New York State who live outside New York City can apply by mail. Learn more about applying for a card.

If you need help using the app, go to More / Help in the app or visit to get help from our staff or find answers to your questions, such as resetting your PIN. We also invite you to provide feedback via the app under More / Help / Report an Issue in the app, which sends a message to Library staff for follow-up.

Learn more at our resource page about e-books.    

SimplyE 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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