Free online ebook collection launches for all Minnesotans

February 29, 2016

Ebooks Minnesota, a compilation of over 2,000 book titles from Minnesota publishers, is now available online at no cost to all individuals and organizations within the state’s borders. The two-year pilot program, spearheaded by Minitex, a joint program of the University of Minnesota and the Office of Higher Education, and the Minnesota Department of Education, is accessible at EbooksMN.org and via free apps from iTunes, Google Play, and Kindle.
 
Readers can access any book in the collection at any time, regardless of how many others are reading it. This feature makes the collection particularly useful for libraries and other educational institutions.
 
Minnesota publishers represented in the collection include:

  • University of Minnesota Press
  • ABDO
  • Lerner Publishing Group
  • Cherry Lake Publishing
  • Milkweed Press
  • Coffeehouse Press

Nonfiction titles from Arcadia Publishing about Minnesota and its history are also included in the collection, along with a selection of popular titles that are in the public domain, such as "Dracula" and “Jane Eyre.”
 
“It’s exciting to be able to provide Minnesotans with access to books from such a wide range of Minnesota publishers through Ebooks Minnesota,” said Minnesota State Librarian Jennifer Nelson. “I’m especially hoping that the collection will provide hours of reading pleasure for people of all ages, and that the children’s titles will give students another resource to use as they complete school assignments and learn more about the world around them. Ebooks Minnesota is also a great way to showcase all of the great books being published by Minnesota’s independent presses.”
 
“We're very pleased to be able to partner with the Minnesota Department of Education to make Ebooks Minnesota a reality,” added Valerie Horton, director of Minitex. “We believe by focusing on Minnesota’s many first-rate independent publishers, we are showcasing our state's literary strength, connecting libraries and the business community, and providing quality ebooks to readers young and old.”

Ebooks Minnesota is a two-year pilot project of Minitex and State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education. The collection was made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by Minitex.

Ebooks Minnesota originated with the Explore Ebooks Minnesota project, a collaborative effort by library staff from across the state that explored the ways libraries could unite to improve electronic book experience for Minnesotans.
 
About Minitex
Minitex is a publicly supported network of academic, public, state government, and special libraries working cooperatively to improve library service for their users in Minnesota. Minitex is funded by the Minnesota Legislature through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and is a joint program of the Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota. State Library Services, a unit of the Minnesota Department of Education, provides additional funding to support services for Minnesota libraries and library users.

About State Library Services
State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, provides leadership to Minnesota’s libraries. Division staff are consultants who help libraries to plan, develop and implement high-quality services that address community needs. State Library Services administers federal grants, state aid, and state grant programs that benefit all types of libraries.

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