E-Books: eRead Illinois and inkie.org

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eRead Illinois

The eRead Illinois program focuses on

  • Expanding access to e-books for Illinois residents
  • Training on e-books for libraries to better serve their communities
  • Exploring further opportunities for increasing access to e-books through collaboration with Illinois authors, libraries, publishers, and other organizations

eRead Illinois includes an e-book collection and Axis 360 software platform from Baker & Taylor for RAILS members and IHLS non-SHARE members. Participating IHLS libraries that are members of the SHARE catalog will use the Cloud Library.

More than 400 RAILS and IHLS libraries currently participate in eRead Illinois on the Axis 360 platform, and over 150 IHLS SHARE libraries have joined the Cloud Library cohort.

The eRead Illinois program also includes live trainings and webinars for participating libraries.

Chicago Public Library has its own e-books program and is not included in the eRead Illinois project.

Visit the eRead Illinois website at https://ereadillinois.com

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Libraries have a vibrant role to play in helping communities come together to create and share books. Inkie.org is a suite of resources that support local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allow readers to access locally-produced content. These resources, Pressbooks, Indie Author Project Select, and the Biblioboard Library, are free to anyone in Illinois through our partnership with BiblioLabs.

Create: Pressbooks enables writers to convert their manuscripts into a variety of e-book and print formats. Pressbooks helps writers format their books with professional design templates and includes tools to assist with book organization. After converting their book into different formats, authors can distribute their book however they choose.

Share: Writers have several free potential options for sharing e-books through inkie.org:

  • Indie Illinois: A statewide collection of e-books promoting independently published local authors.
  • Indie Author Project Select: A Library Journal reviewed collection of adult and young adult fiction available to readers across the country.
  • Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project: An annual author contest in Illinois.

Read: BiblioBoard Library is the place where readers find independently-published content. The Library provides access to e-books in the Indie Illinois collection and Indie Author Project Select collection. BiblioBoard Library features work from a wide variety of genres, including history, art, graphic novels, young adult novels, and romance. Unlimited checkouts and no return periods give readers instant access to all titles all the time. A library card is not needed to access these titles.

Self-publishing is not one size fits all. Individuals are welcome to use the inkie.org resources together as a cohesive process or to select individual tools that work for them.