We are so happy that people are reaching out to us in order to learn how to use our eResources. We are working on a way to provide online library card registration and wanted to let you know about a few great places where you can access eBooks and eAudiobooks without a library card.
For the younger crowd:
- https://audible.ca: A huge source of eAudiobooks. Some are free but most require a subscription. At this time, Audible has made a large number of their kids and young adult titles available for free at https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
- https://rivetedlit.com/free-reads/: Young adult eBooks, available online only, not compatible with eReaders.
- http://en.childrenslibrary.org/: Huge library of children’s ebooks from all over the world. Available online only, not compatible with eReaders.
For all ages:
- https://audible.ca: A huge source of eAudioooks. Some are free but most require a subscription.
- https://play.google.com/store/books?hl=en: Many free and paid eBooks and eAudiobooks, for reading on a mobile device (not eReader compatible).
- www.gutenberg.org: Over 60,000 public domain eBooks. eReader, tablet, and computer compatible.
- https://librivox.org/: Audio read-alouds of public domain books. Not compatible with eReaders.
- https://wattpad.com/: A place where new authors publish their books online for you to read for free. Some are posted as they are written and readers can provide feedback to the authors. Available online only, not compatible with eReaders.
- http:/read.gov/books/: The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, and they have curated this collection of public domain works for your reading pleasure.
- http://fanfiction.net: Original stories written by the public, based on characters or worlds from already published works. Not compatible with eReaders.
- http://openlibrary.org: eBooks only, but many can be read aloud to you via screenreading software. Not compatible with eReaders.
- http://manybooks.net: eBooks for all genres and ages, eReader, tablet and computer compatible.
- http://www.sacred-texts.com/: Archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Available online only, not compatible with eReaders.
- http://www.readprint.com/: Public domain eBooks. Available online only, not compatible with eReaders.
- https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page: Thousands of source documents that are cited by wikipedia articles. The project holds works that are either in the public domain or freely licensed; professionally published works or historical source documents, not vanity products; and are verifiable.
- https://www.bookrix.com/books.html: A self-publishing platform used by independent authors to share their works, share ideas, and connect.
- http://bookboon.com/: Free, open access textbooks and books on business that have been made freely available by the authors.
- http://www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain: Thousands of eBooks available in the public domain.
Why are so many books available online for free? Many of these resources are available because of copyright laws that move written works in the public domain approximately 50 years after the author’s death. An item that is in the public domain can be used by anyone in any way they choose. There are no restrictions on copying and adapting, nor do you need to get permission before doing these things. Every wondered why there are are so many modern retellings of fairy tales? Public Domain!