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.
Funding for SELF-e is provided in part from private academic libraries in Minnesota. Residents in the seven-county metro now have access to SELF-e through the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA). Eventually that access will be expanded across the state.
Libraries are increasingly places to create and consume content, and MN Writes MN Reads offers tools to help writers create and share their work. Dakota County Library is excited to offer MN Writes MN Reads to support sharing a wide array of diverse local stories. These resources will give local writers broader exposure and give readers access to locally-produced content.
To access these resources, go to MN Writes MN Reads page.