Many free ebooks are available for wireless reading devices

At the Library: John Pecoraro

By A Contributor

So the man in the red suit was good to you leaving you with a wonderful new gadget that will bring all the great literature of the world to your fingertips. Unfortunately, he didn’t leave a big pile of money for you to begin buying ebooks but that’s not a problem. In addition to free downloadable materials through the library’s Sunflower eLibrary, One Click Digital and 3M Cloud Library there are a myriad of websites featuring free ebooks and audiobooks for downloading to portable devices such as the Kindle, Nook and iPad. 

Project Gutenberg, for example, is the mother of all free ebook sites. Over 40,000 free ebooks and audiobooks are available to read or listen to on a PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony, Nook, iPhone, Android and most other portable devices. For you convenience the Project Gutenberg collection can also be searched through MPL’s own Sunflower eLibrary.

The stated goal of BookYards is to be Library to the World. The web portal has over 17,000 e-books to download in PDF format, as well as thousands of external web links and links to ebooks in other sources.

Enjoy more than 29,000 ebooks on the ManyBooks webpage. Titles are available for download in several formats including epub, pdf, azw (Kindle) and lrf (Sony Reader). Most titles feature cover art and a brief excerpt.

The Internet Archive provides access to millions of online texts. Most are free and available for downloading without restrictions. The Internet Archive offers permanent storage of and free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images and nearly three million public-domain books.

The State Library of Kansas is one of over 1,000 libraries participating in the In-Library Lending Program through Open Library.

Open a free account to borrow up to five titles for two weeks.

For individuals with challenges using regular printed media, many titles are also available as DAISY digital talking books.

Girl eBooks is your resource for classic and contemporary ebooks by female writers. All ebooks are available in multiple ebook formats to accommodate most ereaders and all are DRM free. This means that once you download the ebook it is yours to keep forever.

If you’re considering buying an ebook, try visiting Inkmesh. In addition to helping you find free ebooks, this search engine compares ebook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more.

If you’re looking for free ebooks for your Kindle, try searching free Kindle books. This site provides links to thousands of free classic ebooks in Kindle-compatible formats. Don’t forget Google. In addition to selling ebooks, Google Play also includes free classic ebook titles.

For your listening pleasure volunteer narrators at LibriVox record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. Free downloadable audiobooks are also available through Thought Audio. This producer and provider of audiobooks features classic titles across a variety of genres read by professional narrators.

Finally there are other websites that only provide books to be read online in a browser. These sites do not generally allow downloading of ebooks to portable devices. The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts, for example, is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

Read Easily is an ebook library designed to provide an adaptive reading experience. The reader selects font size, font color and background color. All titles are in HTML to be compatible with text to speech software.

Remember to visit our library’s webpage for information about accessing the library’s collection of electronic books and audio.

Click on the Digital Library Resources button to connect to the downloadable collection; the part of your library that never closes.

If you need some help downloading to your eReader or tablet take advantage of one of our free workshops this month.

They will be Jan. 16, 23 and 26. Visit the library’s webpage for more information and to register.

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