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About eBooks

Information about free eBook and eAudiobook download services.
Updated: 16/02/2017 4:35 p.m.

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Download eBooks for free

eBooks are electronic versions of a printed book that you can download and read on a computer or portable device such as an eReader, tablet, iPad, iPod or smartphone.

Library members can download contemporary fiction and non fiction eBooks for free through Nove-L (facilitated by OverDrive) and Wheelers ePlatform websites or apps.

To download eBooks you will need:

  • a valid library card number and PIN
  • Internet access for browsing and downloading eBooks
  • a compatible device with software or an app for downloading and reading eBooks
    Note: Amazon Kindle eReaders are generally not a compatible device for downloading library eBooks in New Zealand. However you can use Kindle Fire only with Wheelers ePlatform app from Amazon.
  • an Adobe ID to authorise computers and mobile devices so you will be able to download and read eBooks that are copy protected with Digital Rights Management (DRM). 
     

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Nove-L/OverDrive for eBooks and eAudiobooks

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More free eBook download websites

Browse the following websites to find eBooks and magazines, fiction and non fiction for all age groups which do not require library membership for access:

Project Gutenberg

ManyBooks

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Search and browse an open digital library of New Zealand and Pacific Island documentary
heritage material as well as new born-digital work and research from Victoria University.

International Children’s Digital Library 

Feedbooks Public Domain

Offers original works by authors who choose to make their works available for free. 

Internet Archive and Open Library 

Over 8 million fully accessible public domain eBooks.

Need Help

eReader tutorials at the Library

We offer free tutorials for library members who need help learning how to download and open eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks from websites onto their mobile devices.

 Contact us to make an appointment for a lesson:

Resources

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