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eBooks & eAudio: SimplyE

We have ebooks and downloadable audiobooks for all ages.

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SimplyE the Library eReader App

 SimplyE is an app that gives Alameda County Library card holders one interface to browse, borrow, and read eBooks
The app brings together titles from our eBook providers, including Overdrive, cloudLibrary, RBdigital, and enki.

With one login and as few as 3 clicks, you can start discovering and reading our entire collection of nearly 100,000 eBooks.

With the SimplyE app you can:

  • Find eBooks in one place
  • Borrow eBooks instantly
  • Read eBooks on the app

You’ll need an Alameda County Library card to use SimplyE. You can get a library card at any branch library.

Start simplifying your eBook experience today by downloading the new app.

Getting Started with the SimplyE app:

  • Download the new SimplyE app for iPhone/iPad or Android. [please note that, while there is a SimplyE app in the Amazon App Store, it does not work with most current Kindle Fires.]
  • Select Alameda County Library from the list of libraries.
  • Select the Settings button and Alameda County Library to log-in to SimplyE.
  • Type your Barcode in the Barcode or Username field.
  • Type your library card's PIN into the PIN field.
  • Go to catalog to Browse or Search
  • Use Get to select a title to check out.
  • Use Reserve to place a hold on a title.

Need help using the app? Send a message to Ask Us!  We'd love to help!

What's Available Through SimplyE?

SimplyE offers select eBooks and eAudiobooks from a number of our vendors.

EPUB eBooks are available from:

  • Overdrive
  • enki
  • cloudLibrary

eAudiobooks are available from:

  • RBdigital
  • cloudLibrary

SimplyE is still in development, with new features being added all the time.  At the moment, PDF eBooks are not available from any vendor, but plans for a PDF reader within the app are underway.  OverDrive eAudiobooks are also not yet available.

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Current Technical Issues


  • Some cloudLibrary titles are currently available for check out through the library's new catalog, but they cannot be downloaded or read from the catalog. If you check out a cloudLibrary eBook through the catalog, you will need to read it in the browser at the cloudLibrary site, or install the cloudLibrary app on your iOS or Android device. See our Quick Start Guide for instructions.  - 2020-03-24
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