Ebook Community

DPLA is excited to participate in ongoing and in-depth discussions about ebooks and their future, and what DPLA and our partners can do to help build a national strategy. DPLA supports other organizations working in this area, joining discussions with publishers, authors, libraries, and the public about how to connect the maximal number of ebooks with the maximal number of readers.

Community Initiatives

DPLA is strategically aligned with and proud to contribute to the following groups, grant projects, and initiatives:


ReadersFirst is a grassroots movement of hundreds of libraries nationwide dedicated to improving the library ebook experience for readers. DPLA is an advocate for ReadersFirst principles and a member of the working group.

ASCLA Consortial eBook Interest Group

The Consortial eBook Interest Group is a forum and working group within the American Library Association’s Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). DPLA is grateful to the group for being a home for discussions.

Library Simplified

SimplyE and Library Simplified are an open-source front-end and middleware solution, respectively, pioneered by The New York Public Library. As we develop the DPLA Exchange, we are inspired by this library-driven technology solution and the community behind it.

SimplyE for Consortia

SimplyE for Consortia is a grant initiative to develop the functionality needed to federate and combine ebooks from public library collections with statewide, consortial, and/or national ebook collections jointly funded by Minitex and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. DPLA serves on the advisory committee for the grant and manages communications about the project.

Library Publishing Coalition Strategic Affiliate

The Library Publishing Coalition is an independent, community-led membership organization whose mission is to support an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and to further the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities. DPLA is a proud member of LPC’s strategic affiliates program, joining them in making trustworthy information easily accessible.

Library E-content Access Project (LEAP)

The Library E-content Access Project (LEAP) expanded and provided outreach for the existing Library Simplified application, engaged in in-depth planning for its sustainable maintenance and ongoing development, facilitated a national conversation about the challenges and potential of library ebooks, and built consensus around a possible solution addressing these needs and opportunities. DPLA served this grant, jointly funded by IMLS and NYPL, as a community convener, helping to organize its 19+ partners and facilitate conversation.

Questions? Contact us ebooks@dp.la