What's Simmering

2nd Annual Wisconsin Author Project

InfoSoup libraries are excited to join in the announcement of the 2nd annual local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top independently-published eBook in Wisconsin.The 2019 contest is open and will be accepting submissions through May 31.

One winner of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize donated by BiblioBoard Library
  • Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at Wisconsin public libraries
  • Invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October
    • Winner and Runner Up
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Wisconsin resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

To learn more and to submit your work visit the Wisconsin Author Project page.

For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators as part of the SELF-e program and make your book available throughout Wisconsin in the statewide Indie Wisconsin eBook collection.

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Author's Project, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) has contracted with BiblioBoards to make Pressbooks and Self-e available for free to all Wisconsin residence. Pressbooks is a self-publishing tool that you can use to create and/or format your eBook for submission to the Wisconsin Author Project.


Pressbooks is an easy to use self-publishing tool for creating professional print and ebook editions of your book. To get started, go to https://wplc.pressbooks.pub/. The Pressbooks Help Page provides a detailed users guide and video tutorials on how to use the service.


SELF-e is a way for you to share you eBook. Titles are reviewed by Library Journal. Notable titles will be chosen as SELF-e Select titles and be available to readers throughout the country. All submissions that meet the basic requirements of the program will be eligible to be included in our Indie Wisconsin Collection. To submit your book, please go to https://selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/org/wplc/. Visit the WPLC web site to learn more about SELF-e.

BiblioBoard: Indie Wisconsin collection and SELF-e Select.

BiblioBoard is a eBook collection free to all Wisconsin residents! No login required and all books are always available. BiblioBoard consists of a set of smaller collections, highlighted by Indie Wisconsin. Also included is a set of SELF-e Select titles, a curated collection of the best SELF-e submission from around the country. Visit the WPLC web site to learn more about BiblioBoard or visit the BiblioBoard site. A BiblioBoard mobile app is also available. 

Author's Rights

With all of these programs, authors retain the sole rights to their work. Participation in the Wisconsin Authors Project, SELF-e, & Indie Wisconsin is non-exclusive and royalty free. Authors can share or sell their works on other sites and, on request, authors can have their titles removed from the SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin Collections.

Online Newspapers - Historic & Current

InfoSoup users have online access to thousands of historic and current newspapers, including hundreds of Wisconsin newspapers. These newspapers, unfortunately, are not all in one place. Whether doing genealogy and historical research or looking to keep up with the latest regional, national, or international news, our InfoSoup guide Online Newspapers: Historic & Current will help you identify the best resources for your task.

What's Simmering? Audiobooks!

Audiobooks continue to be the fastest growing segment in digital publishing. Check out our latest What's Simmering video and see why InfoSoup is the place to go for Audiobooks.

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online - Learn 100+ Languages

InfoSoup libraries are excited to announce that Transparent Language Online is now available to all InfoSoup library card holders. Transparent Language Online for Libraries, is one of the most complete language-learning system available anywhere.

  • 100+ foreign language courses.
  • English-Learner language courses: choose from Immersion or 29 native speaker options.
  • Immersion courses in six languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish) for kids (known as KidSpeak™).

To get started visit our Transparent Language login page. From outside a library you will need to enter your library card number and PIN. Once you have signed up, you can go directly to the Transparent Language site or download the mobile app.

To learn more check out some of Transparent Languages videos:

Have questions? Email the the Transparent Language Online support team at support@transparent.com or use the "Contact Support" tab anytime in your browser when when using Transparent Language.

Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive) Survey

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) seeks your valued feedback on your experience with and the collection of materials in Wisconsin's Digital Library. Your input will help guide us as we continue to grow and develop the collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital materials so it is most relevant to Wisconsin library patrons.

This survey is performed annually, and some questions are repeated from year to year.  It will take an average of 10-15 minutes to complete and is available through February 28th. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Take the Survey

RB Digital Magazine Update

UPDATE 2/5/2019: Most of the magazines that are still available are now showing the current issue. We apologize for this disruption of service and hope this issue will not happen again.

There has been, unfortunately, a number of technical problems recently with the RB Digital Magazine service. The result is that current issues of magazines have not been added since early January. The vendor is working to resolve the problem and we hope that the new issues will be available soon.

We have also been notified that, because of publisher restrictions, current issues of following titles will no longer be included in the RB Digital Magazines collection. In addition, two other titles, Redbook and Seventeen will be ceasing publication in 2019. Back issues of these magazines will remain available, but no new issues will be added. We apologize for the loss of this content and for the technical issues affecting all content on the site.

Discontinued Titles

  • All recipes
  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • Atlantic
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Diabetic Living
  • Do It Yourself
  • Eating Well
  • Family Circle
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Midwest Living
  • Parents
  • Rachael Ray Every Day
  • Redbook (ceasing publication)
  • Seventeen (ceasing publication)
  • Shape
  • Shutterbug
  • Successful Farming
  • Sup
  • Wood