New tools to create and share e-books at Dakota County libraries

Dakota County Library now offers a new suite of resources — collectively called MN Writes MN Reads — to help local authors connect with local readers and readers across the country.  MN Writes MN Reads consists of three resources that allow authors and readers to create, share and read e-books. These resources — Pressbooks, SELF-e, and Biblioboard — are free to members of the community via the Dakota County Library website. 

Pressbooks enables writers to convert their manuscripts into a variety of e-book formats. After converting their book, authors can share and distribute it however they choose. One option is SELF-e.

Titles submitted to SELF-e undergo a basic screening process and then are added to the statewide MN Writes MN Reads collection. In addition, titles submitted are screened and selected by staff at Library Journal. A limited number of selected titles are made available to readers across the country. Authors retain all rights to books submitted to SELF-e. Readers can access the books through BiblioBoard. This easy-to-use platform features work from a wide variety of genres, including history, young adult novels and romance. The number of checkouts is unlimited, meaning that readers never have to wait for a book to be available. In addition, there are no return periods or late fees.

To access these resources, visit, search MN Writes MN Reads.

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