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Finding Free eBooks & eAudiobooks

Where can I find FREE eBooks & eAudiobooks?

There are a number of places that you can find free eBooks & eAudiobooks. The first place to look is at your local library!

With a library card, you will gain access to two types of eBooks and eAudiobooks: downloadable and read-only in your browser.

  • Downloadable: You are able to download and save a copy of the eBook or eAudiobook to your computer or device.
  • Read-only in your Browser: You can read the eBook on your computer screen or on a device with a web browser, but you are unable to transfer it to any device that does not have a web browser. If you own a tablet or eReader with a web browser on it, you could use that browser to both navigate to and to read the eBook.

Library eBooks

As you search our catalog, you will find titles with the call number "INTERNET". Click the book title for one of these records and you will be directed to one of the eBook or eAudiobook providers below. You can also access our eBook and eAudiobooks by going to and selecting "Online Databases".
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North Carolina Digital Library

The North Carolina Digital Library (NCDL) provides downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for patrons of the Gaston County Public Library. NCDL eBooks and eAudiobooks are protected by Adobe Digital Editions DRM. You will need to create an "Adobe ID" upon downloading the Adobe Digital Editions software to your home computer, or by going to and registering there. Not all eReaders or mobile devices are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions DRM, so be sure to check Adobe Digital Editions FAQ's to make sure your device is supported before borrowing a book from the NCDL.

NC Kids Digital Library

NC Kids Digital Library is a new database provided by Overdrive devoted to children's literature. provides primarily read-only in your browser eBooks, although there are a few downloadable titles as well. The following is a list of the individual databases that include eBooks:

  • ABC-CLIO eBook Collection provides history and literature titles, including a large collection of American slave narratives.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library contains encyclopedias and reference books.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC): Select a Learning Center to discover practice tests and eBooks on that subject.
  • HeritageQuest includes over 28,000 local history and genealogy titles (most pre-1923). You can read and search the books online or download up to 50 pages to your own computer.
  • CQ Researcher provides reports on current affairs which can be saved to your computer.
Open Library

The Open Library is an eBook lending library created from the donations of libraries from all over the world -- including Gaston County Public Library! The collection contains a wide variety of eBooks; you'll never know what you'll find here! These items can be read either in your browser or downloaded.


Freading is a free eBook service from your library. Library card required.

Non-Library (but still free) eBooks

  • Free eBooks from Free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 (requires Kindle device or app).
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  • Kobo Free eBooks (requires Kobo device or app).
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  • Free Nook Books (requires Nook device or app).
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  • Baen Free Library provides a small selection of downloadable science fiction and fantasy titles that they publish digitally.
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  • Documenting the American South has read-only in your browser early North Carolina history and literature.
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