An electronic book (or e-book) is a published book made available in digital format, consisting of text, images, or both, to be read on a flat-panel device such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, or an e-reader. These books may have a printed edition available while some come only in digital format. The following sites include both library purchased and free resources.
Audiobooks are audio recordings of a text being read. A reading of the complete text is known as “unabridged”, while readings of a shortened version of the text are labeled as “abridged”.
Popular e-Books and Audiobooks from the MLC Library and TdS Regional Libraries
Did you know your local library has thousands of e-books and audiobooks? You can borrow them instantly for free by using your mobile device.
Use your MLC ID number and password to check out.
Get the Overdrive app for your phone or tablet! Or check out the new app, “Libby.”
Cambridge Core includes the Cambridge Histories Collection. This collection offers a big perspective in subject areas such as: American History, Ancient History and Classical Studies, Asian History, British and European history, Literature, Middle East and African studies, Music and Theatre, Philosophy and Political Thought, and Religion.
A discovery service for peer-reviewed books published under an Open Access license. Currently, there are just over 23 publishers participating with about 755 Open Access books. New publishers and books will be added as information is gathered.
EBSCO is now a key provider of e-books and audiobooks to libraries and other institutions worldwide. Nearly 300,000 e-books and audiobooks and growing . . . These books can be downloaded to your computer and to selected mobile devices.
Ebooks Minnesota is an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state’s independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction.
Folger Digital Texts offers meticulously edited, accurate texts—drawn from the Folger Editions, the leading Shakespeare texts used in American classrooms—in a beautifully readable format with the added power of in-depth, behind-the-scenes coding. The texts—including full source code—is a free, online resource for students and teachers, theatergoers, scholars, and others.
Hathi is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal famed for its long-term memory.
HathiTrust is a collection of digital content from research libraries, Google Books project, and Internet Archive digitization initiatives. It is a large collaborative repository started in 2008 by thirteen universities with the common goal of preserving cultural collections for use now and in the future.
HathiTrust provides a number of discovery and access services, notably, full-text search across the entire collection.
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free e-books to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS and other mobile devices. Formats include ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text. Audiobooks are also available in “human read” and “computer generated” formats.