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Have you heard of Ebooks Minnesota?

This online collection of 4,000-and-counting digital fiction and non-fiction books can be accessed through any browser on any device by simply clicking “Read This.” 

You don’t need to sign in, create a membership or pay attention to any due dates. 

You can — but don’t have to — create a profile to help you keep track of bookmarks, favorites and a connection to your local library card. An associated Biblioboard app for Apple, Android and Kindle devices is also free and optional.

Another portal — Ebooks MN for Schools — includes only the books specifically geared toward children. Categories include things like alphabet books, picture books, world languages, fairy tales and folklore and young adult fiction.

Users can read any book in the collection at any time, regardless of how many other readers are using the book — a useful feature, to be sure, for teachers looking to assign a single book to an entire class or even an entire school.

Bonus: This summer, the service is adding 3,300 books from Edina-based Capstone Publishing with titles for early learners through 12th grade.

Ebooks Minnesota — which also features an ever-expanding collection of titles in the Ojibwe, Somali, Spanish and Karenic languages — is a joint project of Minitex at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services. 

Roughly 80 percent of the featured books are from Minnesota-based publishers. 

Learn more at ebooksmn.org