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Free ebooks focus on AZ, local authors

Arizonans now have easy access to more than 500 books about their state, thanks to a new ebook platform hosted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. Titles range from historical fiction to academic biographies, haunted tour guides to mysteries.

The ebooks available through Reading Arizona (www.readingarizona.org) may be borrowed within the state simultaneously by multiple users. Readers get to decide how long they want to keep a title. Reading Arizona is powered by BiblioBoard, the content management system from BiblioLabs, and is available on iOS, Android, and Kindle tablets through BiblioBoard Library.

The collection includes early Arizona fiction and histories, as well as contemporary works by authors such as Jana Bommersbach, Edward Abbey, Jon Talton, and James Sallis, as well as works from the University of Arizona Press.

Patrons accessing the website inside Arizona will be able to see the collection and create a user account to download ebooks. Once patrons create an account, they can access the site even when traveling outside the state.

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