SimplyE makes it easy to browse, borrow, and read any eBook in your library’s collection on your mobile device; no need to download multiple apps.

Set up your account in three easy steps:
1. Open the SimplyE app
2. Find your local library
3. Enter your library card ID to search, borrow, and read!

Don’t have a library card? No problem. Thousands of public domain classics are available as soon as you download the app, no library card required.

SimplyE was created by a partnership of libraries and library consortia across the country, with The New York Public Library currently serving as lead partner. Check with your local library to find out if it offers SimplyE, or download the app now to get started reading from the SimplyE Collection.

What’s New

Version 3.0.1

– Improvements to Audiobook playback; accessibility adjustments

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
113 Ratings
113 Ratings
HastingsNext ,

Great but could be better

This is a great app for avid readers. Here’s how it could be better (I hope the developers are reading): 1. A way to gauge how far you are into a book and how much more is left. 2. Email or text notifications when your book is ready (bummer to wait months for a book, then lose it when you don’t see its available). 3. A way to leave reviews of books. 4. A reading log, that shows you what you’ve read to date. 5. An indicator on the app icon when it’s closed that you have a book available. 6. Some notice of how many days you have to check out a book before you loose it. 7. A history of books you’ve failed to check out, and lost, so you can get back in the queue easily. 8. A list of books you’d like to read, to make it easy to check out new ones when you’re ready. 9. A way to email a link to good books to your friends who use the app. I’m sure there are more, but this would be a great start. That said I do LOVE having a book on my phone at all times, for the low cost of paying my taxes. :) Thanks NY Public Library!

Ne9999 ,

Problems are fixed, thank you!

Update: all is fixed and I didn’t lose my books or my queue. Thank you!

1. All the books in my queue now goes into “My Books” tab, with a button to download, even though I know that just earlier today (before the update) I still had to wait for weeks for them to be available for me.
2. When I click “Download”, the button switches to “Read”, seemingly showing that the book has been downloaded successfully and now ready to read
3. When I click “Read”, an error message says “Could not display book - This book is corrupt and cannot be read”.
4. Nothing I can do to fix this error message, including quitting the app.
5. There is no option to remove the books from “My Books”. There’s no other button other than “Download”
6. All other new books that were not previously in the queue also get the same treatment as all the points noted below. None of them go to waitlist. All of them shows that it’s ready to read but when you click it, it shows the same “corrupt” message
7. Why is there no option to report the bug with screenshots???

It’s so frustrating! I agree with the review before me that says that every time there’s an update, this app becomes worse!

CSJ22 ,

Great when working- many many glitches

When the app is functioning well it’s one of my favorites and my primary way to read when commuting or traveling. The selection is great.
However, there are many glitches and they don’t seem to improve year to year.
Recently the app suddenly put all my reserve books into my main reading tab ready for download- when I did download then it says its corrupt. When I return and hit reserve it goes to download again. This is not the first time this has happened. Last time I had to delete & reinstall the app to get it fixed- losing all my books and having to wait for many to become available again after nearly finishing them or being at the front of the reserve order.
The app has the report an issue section but there’s never any follow up- feels like asking for help into a void.


The New York Library Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations
45.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German, Italian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations


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