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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.

For detailed instructions on getting started with SimplyE, check out our Quick Start Guide.

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
  • BiblioBoard

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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eResources Updates & Changes



We will be moving our RBdigital eMagazines to OverDrive, Flipster, and PressReader as of September 22, 2020.  RBdigital eMagazines will still be available until September 30.  Check out our Quick Start Guide for title lists and information about our eMagazine collections.

We will continue to offer Acorn TV and The Great Courses through the RBdigital app.


We will be moving our eAudiobooks from RBdigital to OverDrive on August 24.  After that date, look for the content you usually borrow at RBdigital in the Libby app and on the OverDrive site.  These items will still be available at SimplyE.

If you currently have an item checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Holds cannot be moved.

We will continue to offer Acorn TV and The Great Courses through the RBdigital app.

Please note that, as of August 1, we will make the following changes to our eResources offerings:

  • We will no longer subscribe to Freegal.  You will be able to check out streaming and downloadable music at hoopla Digital. Check out Freegal's FAQ page for information about downloads.

Current Technical Issues

NEW YORK TIMES ONLINE: The log in issue we were experiencing with NYTimes Online has been resolved.  If you have any other problems with it, please contact us through our email form.

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