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Ebook and Audiobook Resources

Check out our ebook and audiobook collections and other options for downloading free books:

  • Sync Audiobooks for Teens (begins April 30) -  free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Two new titles each week, beginning April 30. SYNC 2020 will use Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Register for the program and sign up for email alerts and/or text notifications (they won’t spam your phone or email).
  • Junior Library Guild Digital (JLG)  - has made their digital collection of ebooks free during this time. No passwords, no accounts needed. There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books. 

Using the free JLG Digital iOS app:

Simply download the JLG Digital app from the App Store.

Sign in using the login info for the school-level book stream of your choice.

  • Elementary
    • Username: JLGELM
    • Password: JLGFREE
  • Middle School
    • Username: JLGMID
    • Password: JLGFREE
  • High School
    • Username: JLGHI
    • Password: JLGFREE

  • Libby App - Free app from Overdrive to check out ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library. Instructions on GMLC’s webpage. (If you’ve never tried Libby before, you will need to contact your public library for your password. Most public library’s are still open and can be reached by telephone or email. Check their website.)
  • Stories.Audible.com - Audible has opened a new FREE site to stream book titles for students and families during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Spotify - lots of free audiobooks including young adult titles! Sign up for a free Spotify account (warning: free accounts mean you have to listen to ads). Then download the app from your app store. To read a detailed explanation on how to find audiobooks on Spotify, see this post on Epic Reads. Audiobooks are listed as “albums.” To save one to your library, tap the heart. Saved audiobooks are found in the album section of your library.
  • Riveted "Free Reads" by Simon & Schuster - the publisher offers free online reading for several YA titles each month.
  • Comixology - Library of graphic novels and manga. They are an amazon company so when you set up an account you will be setting up an Amazon account.  You can read ebooks either on their website, iPhone app, android app, Kindle Fire, or the Kindle app. Here’s a link to the free comics.
  • Google Books -  read or listen from your computer or phone (you will need the Google Play app on your phone). However, you cannot see the free ebooks and audiobooks from the app; you can browse the free titles on this page of their website. 
  • Open Culture - Download 800 free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smartphone or ereader, or read online without downloading. The collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 

  • Project Gutenberg - includes thousands of public domain ebooks for free use on any device. Most copyright-free titles were published before 1924. For students with access via Chromebook only, .pdf format is recommended. Students with ipads/iphones can download epub format. Kindle format is also available.

  • Faded Page - an archive of eBooks that are provided completely free to everyone. A Canadian website of books in the public domain in Canada.
  • Fulltext Archive - free classic ebooks
  • Internet Archive  is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. They've curated a National Emergency Library collection to support education during this crisis.

 

 

Magazines and newspapers from Vermont Online Library (VOL) databases -  Users can read articles by issue from a limited number of publications.

  1. Go to the VOL site (click above links)
  2. Choose All Resources and then Popular Magazines
  3. On the right, Click Go To Publication Search, and enter the magazine/newspaper you’re looking for.
  4. Click on the magazine/newspaper you want, and select an issue by date. You’ll see all of the articles in that issue.