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eBooks and eAudiobooks
Free digital eBbooks and digital eAudiobooks are available to download from this website!
We've joined a consortium of 17 southwest Michigan libraries to offer digital content from the Southwest Michigan Digital Library. You can "check out" and download e-books, audiobooks, music and video to your home computer. You can also transfer it from your computer to an e-book reader, mp3 player, and similar audio/video device
For more sources of free e-books, see the e-books section of our Readers Resources pathfinder.
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You might wonder why a particular popular title
isnít available in ebook format. The answer is that while all publishers will sell print books to libraries, not all of them will sell eBook copies.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Random House have made all their eBook titles available to public libraries.
Harper Collins eBook titles are available to public libraries but are limited to 26 uses. After 26 uses, the library must purchase the title again to continue access.
Hatchette has made its backlist of eBook titles available to public libraries, but not its frontlist of newer titles.
Macmillan, Penguin, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster do not make any of their eBook titles available to public libraries.
Obviously, this limits the number of eBooks libraries can purchase for their patrons' use, and many popular new titles are simply not available. However, eBook lending through public libraries is still evolving, and we hope that better access will be negotiated. We will purchase all the popular titles available to us that our budget allows, and even if we donít have the title in ebook format, we will have it in print.
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