eBooks & eAudiobooks
eBooks, or electronic books, are books that you can either read on your computer or download to your portable device. The Longview Public Library is pleased to be able to offer our patrons the ability to checkout and download free eBooks through EBSCOhost and OverDrive! Please read the information below to help you get started. If you require further assistance, call or stop in and we’ll be glad to help!
*Please note that eBook and eAudiobook downloads are not allowed on library public computers. EBSCOhost does not offer Kindle-compatible titles- only OverDrive does.
OverDrive: eBooks & eAudiobooks
OverDrive offers both eBooks and eAudiobooks. popular fiction and non-fiction titles, including graphic novels, for readers of all ages. Most titles are Kindle-compatible as well.
You will need an active Longview Public Library borrower’s card to checkout free eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive. *You cannot use OverDrive if your borrower’s card is expired or if you have any outstanding fines. You will also need the pin/password associated with your Library card. To reset your password, please come in to the Access Services desk.
You may choose a loan period of 7 or 14 days. Titles cannot be renewed, but can be checked out again if they are available when your checkout expires.
A maximum of 5 OverDrive items (eBooks and eAudiobooks combined) may be checked out at any time.
Getting Started With OverDrive
Click on the OverDrive logo to access the available eAudiobooks in the Northeast Texas Digital Consortium of which we are a part of.
On the left side of the page is the “Quick Search” box. Use this to search for books by title, author, keywords, etc.
*Once you get your results page(s), you can search within the results by using the box at the top of that page or begin a new search by using the box on the left side.
*If you wish to search only eBooks click the link above the “Quick Search” box to be directed to those titles and follow the instructions.
Under each title, you can see what forms that title is available in (Adobe PDF eBook, Kindle Book, Adobe EPUB Book, etc). Click on the title for more information or to check out that book.
Once you’ve made a choice, click on “Add to My Cart.”
*If the book is checked out, you can select “Add to your Wish List.”
When you have added all of the desired materials to your cart, click on “Proceed To Checkout.”
From the drop down menu, select Longview Public Library.
You will then need to sign in using your Longview Public Library borrower’s card number and then the pin/password that you have associated with your card. *If you do not remember your password or need it reset, you will need to come into the library and have this done. We are unable to see your password and cannot verify that you are who you say you are over the phone.
Once you have logged in, you can select your lending period from the drop down box at the top (7 or 14 days). Then click “Confirm Check Out.”
On the next page, select the title you want (if there’s more than one) and click “Download.”
*In most cases, you will need to download the OverDrive Media Console first. If you have already installed it, then it will simply download once you click the button.
Help For Using OverDrive With Specific Devices:
OverDrive is compatible with a variety of devices including the NOOK, Kindle and iPad. To see if your specific device can be used with OverDrive or to see which format you should download your selected titles in, check out the OverDrive Resource Center page.
The following are links to PDF files of the packets for each device. They have complete, step-by-step instructions tailored to each of the most popular eReader devices on the market. Simply select the one that pertains to your device!
Apple (iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc)
NOOK (Simple Touch)
NOOK (HD, Fire, etc)
Still having trouble determining which format to use? Here's a reference guide to help you:
Your Device Determines The Format!
EBSCOhost’s collection of eBooks is primarily composed of older non-fiction books. This includes editions of some older textbook as well. With more than 26,000 full text books, there’s a good chance you’ll have access to those hard to find titles. To get started:
Simply click on the EBSCOhost link to browse their eBook catalog. You will need to create a My EBSCOhost account if you want to download titles. Account creation instructions .
Install Adobe® Digital Editions for viewing titles offline or to transfer them to a dedicated non-Kindle eReader device. It’s a free download and will prompt you to create a free Adobe account (if you don’t already have one you can sign in with).
When you are ready simply type in your search term(s) into the search box and hit the green “search” button. When you have selected your desired title, you will see a light blue box on the left. To read the book on the screen, select “eBook Full Text.” To download the eBook to your computer/device, select “Download This eBook (Offline)” and follow the instructions.
Additional EBSCOhost resources: