If you are interested in using digital books, here are a number of places you can find them:
Northern California Digital Library- Using your SCCL library card, you can “checkout” downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and music through this site. When you search our catalog, these titles will appear in the results section. For information on how to check them out, go here. And if you want to know if your e-reader or other device is compatible, check this page to find out.
AudioBookCloud- AudioBookCloud.com allows you to listen to your favorite audio books with just a click of a button. Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language audio books! There are 1,000 books in the collection and we're always adding more! These books are always available, never on hold, and no need to download. Browse. Click. Listen. It's that easy!
Bookflix- Fictional video storybooks paired with non-fiction e-books for pre-kindergarten children to 3rd graders. There are interactive games and activities as well. Click Here if you are using Bookflix in the library. Click here if you are using Bookflix at home
Heritage Quest Online- If you click on the “search books” link, you’ll have access to genealogical information from 28,000 family and local histories. (If you are using this site from home, you will need to enter your library card number.)
Learning Express Library- This site provides PDF formatted e-books related to test preparation, career guides and study aides. The link for the e-books is in the bottom right corner of the first page under the “What Do I Do Now?” heading. (If you are using this site from home, you will need to enter your library card number.)
Legal Information Reference Center- This site provides e-book versions for many of the Nolo Press publications. There are also thousands of downloadable legal documents available. (If you are using this site from home, you will need to enter your library card number.)
Safari Book Online- This is a collection of technology based e-books from companies like O’Reilly Media, SAMS, Que, and Peachpit Press. The e-books are not downloadable, but are viewable through a browser. (If you are using this site from home, you will need to enter your library card number.)
Small Business Reference Center- This site is just like the Legal Information Reference Center mentioned above, but tailored towards the informational needs of small businesses. (If you are using this site from home, you will need to enter your library card number.)
Tumblebooks- This one’s for the kids. It is a collection of animated, talking picture books. Just find the title you want and press play for your children to enjoy a story told to them.
TumbleBookCloud- is an online collection of read-along titles for middle school and high school students which features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and the pages turn automatically.
Read-Alongs are great for emergent, struggling, and reluctant readers, as well as being an excellent tool for ESL. They are also well received by strong and accomplished readers who are excited to follow along to the narration of their favorite books. Children, who are now growing up with e-mail, instant messaging, IPODs, and text messaging are early and willing adopters to this innovative online reading experience.
TumbleBookCloud Junior- TumbleBooks for elementary school students.
Zinio Online Magazines- View full digital copies of your favorite magazines. Read magazines online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline. Click here for instructions on how to set up your Zinio account.
Inkmesh- This site allows you to search for e-books by author or title. You can also limit it by device type. There are many free e-books to be found here, but it will also point you towards pay sites if you want to purchase a book that isn’t available for free. (http://inkmesh.com)
Project Gutenberg- You won’t find any new best sellers here, but if you are looking for an older e-book which is no longer copyrighted, this is your place. All the e-books available through Project Gutenberg are free and available in a number of formats. (http://www.gutenberg.org/)
University of Pennsylvania’s Online Books Page- Thousands of titles available to be read online for free. The site is easily searched. And if you feel like being overwhelmed, you can browse it too. (http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books)
Open Library- Their stated goal is to create a webpage for every book ever published. Best of luck with that. But in the meantime, there are a huge number of e-books available through them. You do need to open an account with Open Library in order to “check out” their e-books. (http://openlibrary.org/)