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Getting Started with eBooks   Tags: books, ebooks  

A list of free eBook sources for almost any portable device
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What you'll need

If you want to read an eBook on a tablet or eReader, there are a few key things you'll need before you get started.

  • An eReader or tablet
    You can use a computer or laptop to read eBooks. If you prefer an eReader or tablet, our, visit this guide for links to instruction manuals, articles and other information to help you select and use an eReader or tablet.
  • Software
    If you are downloading directly to a tablet, you'll probably just need an app. If you are downloading to a computer for transfer to a mobile device, you'll need software for your computer. OverDrive recommends Adobe Digital Editions for your computer, and OverDrive Media Console for your portable device and for your computer if you plan to use audiobooks.
  • A source for eBooks
    In addition to eBook vendors (such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google), downloadable eBooks are available from the free sources and library resources listed to the right.
  • An understanding of the file types you can use on your device
    Check your user manual or use our eReaders and tablets page for this information. OverDrive's Device Resource Center may also help.

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Travels in Alaska - John Muir; Edward Coolbaugh Hoagland (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0375760490
Publication Date: 2002-06-11
Check out this version and others on ListenAlaska Plus

Travels in Alaska - John Muir
Publication Date: 1915
Awlays available for download at Project Gutenberg

Sources of free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for Alaskans

Check with your local library for other sources.  Alaska State Employees may access ebrary through the Alaska State Library-see our guide on downloading ebrary books.

  • ListenAlaska Plus
    Patrons of some Alaska Libraries can check out eBooks, audiobooks and music in formats for nearly all devices from ListenAlaska. If you live in an area without a library, you may be able to gain access to ListenAlaska through Regional Services .
  • Adobe Digital Editions Sample ebook Library
    A small collection of free sample eBooks.
  • Baen Free Library
    “Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format.”
  • Ebrary
    Full text of over 50,000 books in a wide range of academic and technical subject areas, including law, computers, education, health, political science, and more. Access for employees of the State of Alaska only.
  • Free
    Register for free membership and download 5 eBooks per month.
  • Google Play
    You need to pay for most of the books on Google Play, but there are free books as well. Most of the free books appear to be classics.
  • LibriVox
    LibriVox volunteers record audiobooks in the public domain (not subject to copyright). You'll find lots of classic literature recorded here. You can download the books in MP3 and OGG formats.
  • National Academies Press
    Offers more than 5,000 free pdf books on science including polar studies, forestry, climate, earthquakes, ecology, and geography.
  • ManyBooks
    Offers about 29,000 eBooks for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders and tablets.
  • Open Library
    Includes about 3 million classic and "modern" books in BookReader, PDF and ePub formats (and Daisy for the print disabled). The classic collection offers even more formats. Users must set up a free account. Only one patron can check out a book at a time from the modern collection.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Offers over 45,000 free ePub and Kindle books, including literature, reference works, and more. Also includes some human read audiobooks and computer-generated audiobooks.
  • Smashwords
    Offers over 43,000 free eBooks from Indie authors and publishers.

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