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Finding Free eBooks & eAudiobooks

What software is needed to use eBooks and eAudiobooks?

Overdrive Media ("Libby") provides eBooks & eAudiobooks for check out from the library via North Carolina Digital Library.

Amazon's Kindle. Amazon offers the Kindle app for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

Kobo. Rakuten offers the Kobo app for Android, Apple, and both PC and Mac.
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/p/apps

Barnes & Noble's Nook. Barnes & Noble's Nook app is available in Google Play and the Apple Stores.
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/nook/apps

Apple's iBook App
https://www.apple.com/apple-books/

Librarian

Library eBooks

In the catalog, eBooks are labelled "INTERNET". Clicking "Place a Hold" will direct you to sign in with the eBook provider. You can also search directly within the databases by going to gastonlibrary.org and selecting "Virtual Library & Learning". http://gastonlibrary.org/virtual-library-learning/

North Carolina Digital Library

The North Carolina Digital Library (NCDL) provides downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for patrons of the Gaston County Public Library. Libby is NCDL's app; but most NCDL ebooks can also be borrowed in Kindle and Nook formats. Library card required.

NC Kids Digital Library

NC Kids Digital Library is a database provided by Overdrive devoted to children's literature. Library card required.

NCLive.org

NC Live provides primarily read-only in your browser eBooks. Library card required.

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!

Freading

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

hoopla

hoopla is a free service from your library that includes eBooks, movies, and more. Can be paired with an Alexa for ease of access. Library card required.

Non-Library (but still free) eBooks

  • Kobo Free eBooks (requires Kobo device or app).
    Go to: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/p/free-ebooks
  • Free Nook Books (requires Nook device or app).
    Go to: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/free-ebooks/ebooks-nook/_/N-ry0Z8qa
  • Baen Free Library provides a small selection of downloadable science fiction and fantasy titles that they publish digitally.
    Go to: https://www.baen.com/catalog/category/view/s/free-library/id/2012
  • Documenting the American South has read-only in your browser early North Carolina history and literature.
    Go to: https://docsouth.unc.edu/index.html

HELP!

If you need assistance with library eBooks, please contact our Computer & Digital Services Help Desk at 704-868-2164, ext. 5537 or help@gastonlibrary.org

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