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An Overview of Reading Books Online

posted Mar 26, 2020, 8:37 AM by Central Library   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 8:37 AM ]

Reading Books Online or Downloading Books to Read

The Library recently received an email asking about what is needed to download books onto a Chromebook or a smartphone.  Other questions included: Do you need a lot of bandwidth, Do you need a certain app? Considering others may also be wondering about this, we would like to present the following information, and we thank you for your questions.  

Our digital resources at Central High School include access to eBooks.  You do not have to download these eBooks, they are read online with no additional software other than your internet browser.  These eBooks are password protected and described in detail on our library’s ‘Digital’ Resources’ Page.

However, these eBooks described above are REFERENCE type books, NON-FICTION informative texts such as, Milestone Documents of World Religions, Magill’s Medical Guide, and Encyclopedia of Global Resources.  If you are interested in a Fiction story, a Free-Read, you have to investigate options outside of our library’s website.

Many books are in the Public Domain which means they are freely available because they are no longer under copyright restrictions.  For reading or listening to books that are freely available on the Internet, you can check out the links below or simply Google free read online <insert title name here>.  For example, free read online of mice and men or free listen online of mice and men

https://librivox.org/

http://www.loyalbooks.com/

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

https://www.gutenberg.org/browse/categories/1

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/

https://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video

http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/

To access books and movies that are still under copyright, one option is to use the Manchester City Library.  It is free to everyone with a library card and all Central Students are eligible to get a City Library Card.  In this case, you need additional software and you can check out, download the book to your device and read without WiFi (after it has been downloaded).  Many people enjoy this service and assuming they have regular home WiFi setups, it is not unreasonable to think that the bandwidth required is inconsequential.  Please click the link above to find out more.

To read or listen to, a book on an iPhone, or any MAC device, the Apple Books/ iBooks app has a world of choice.  Some selections are free and some are paid, but even the paid ones have a free sample so you can read the first part of the book to see if you like it.