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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.

Kobo. Rakuten offers the Kobo app for Android, Apple, and both PC and Mac.

Barnes & Noble's Nook. Barnes & Noble's Nook app is available in Google Play and the Apple Stores.

Apple's iBook App


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 and selecting "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.

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


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

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