New York Public Library

To support the continued development of the SimplyE e-reader application in order to make the DPLA Exchange and other ebooks available to an increasing number of large libraries and consortia under nonproprietary conditions

  • Amount $500,000
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Tony Ageh
  • Year 2019
  • Program Technology
  • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge

The grant supports a collaboration between the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and LYRASIS to enhance and improve SimplyEСa state-of-the-art open source e-reader application that is used by libraries to make ebooks readily available to their patrons. Planned improvements include enhancing SimplyEХs user experience (UX), particularly for first-time users, improving accessibility and document rendering, and upgrading the systemХs digital rights management. Additional grant funds will go toward promotion and outreach activities aimed at speeding adoption of the platform among libraries, with a goal of 1,000 public libraries using SimplyE by the end of 2022.

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