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Saint Paul Public Library now offers tools to create and share ebooks

Date: Oct 18th, 2017

SAINT PAUL, MN − In conjunction with other Minnesota libraries, Saint Paul Public Library now offers MN Writes MN Reads, a suite of resources to help local authors connect with readers.  MN Writes MN Reads provides tools for authors and readers to create, share, and read ebooks, freely available at www.sppl.org/MNwrites.

MN Writes MN Reads includes Pressbooks, an ebook creation service; SELF-e, a portal for sharing ebooks to the statewide collection; and Indie Minnesota, an easy-to-use collection where readers can find independently published ebooks in a wide variety of genres.

“Leading indie authors agree that building an audience of readers is the biggest challenge they face. This program marries a great ebook experience with the validation of the most respected library review resource in the world. The result is a program that enables writers to share their work with their local communities and with libraries around the country,” says Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioBoard, the vendor behind these three resources.

Funding comes in part from private academic libraries in Minnesota. Through the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA), residents in the seven-county metro now have access to SELF-e, and eventually, that access will be expanded to the full state.  As MELSA Executive Director Ken Behringer explains, “Writers in Minnesota will be able to create content in a variety of ebook formats, and the state’s readers will be able to find that content in a special online collection highlighting those self-published authors.”

Libraries are increasingly places of content creation. Saint Paul Public Library is excited to offer MN Writes MN Reads, which will enable the creation and sharing of a wide and diverse array of local stories. These resources will give local writers broader exposure and give readers access to locally-produced content.

To access MN Writes MN Reads, visit www.sppl.org/MNwrites.

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