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    overdrive small logoDownload eBooks from Overdrive – Bestselling fiction and nonfiction; adult and children’s titles.

    Note: DCLS has recently enrolled in the Advantage program with OverDrive. This means we are able to purchase extra copies of popular titles that will be accessible only to DCLS users. We will also be able to purchase titles not available to the shared collection, such as those published by Hachette Digital and Minotaur (Macmillan). David Baldacci and Sandra Brown are two authors whose more recent work we were unable to purchase before Advantage. To see and download these titles, log in at the OverDrive site with your DCLS library card. There is no change to downloading or loan periods with this new program, just more titles to choose from!

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     Download always available eBooks from Freading – Romance and more; never wait in line for a copy!

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    project gutenburgDownload public domain eBooks from Project Gutenberg – Classics, both well known and obscure.

    ebscohost logo small Download eBooks from EBSCOHost – Great variety, including helpful nonfiction, popular fiction and children’s books.

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    View animated, talking children's eBooks from Tumblebooks

    salem historyEntire reference books, including great events and lives in history, religious and African American historical documents.

    salem health Information from Magill’s Medical Guide on everything from acupuncture to zoonoses.


     Download eBook titles from the library and other selected eBook sites. Read titles from your computer or transfer them to your compatible eBook reader.

    Find out about the Haly AwardsA portion of this collection is funded by a gift from the estate of Henry and Dottie Swartz.





     overdrive small logoDownload eAudiobooks from Overdrive


     Download audiobook titles anytime that's convenient.  Transfer titles to your mp3, iPod® or PDA.  Or burn them to a CD. You'll need your library card number to download titles


     Digital Device Compatibility

     Not all eBook readers and audio players are compatible with library resources.  Check which ones are compatible with Freading or OverDrive before purchasing. 

    OverDrive titles are compatible with all Kindle e-readers while Freading’s titles are compatible only wth the Kindle Fire.  Both of these services are compatible with most other e-readers on the market, such as Nooks, Kobos and Sony Readers.  In addition, both of these services are compatible with mobile devices such as the iPad/Phone and android devices.

    Visit the OverDrive support site for step-by-step directions and a video tour, as well as links to software used to download to your computer or portable device. Visit the Freading FAQ’s site for instructions for downloading and transferring eBooks to your eReader

    eBooks and downloadable audiobooks can be enjoyed at home, at work, or when you travel, but are not for use on the library’s computers.  Please note that eBooks and downloadable audiobooks can be downloaded inside the library on your own wireless device.
    Please be patient as the library builds a collection of materials in this emerging format.  Please note that not all titles are produced in all formats for public libraries. If you need the title right away, check your local library catalog for print or CD availability.

    About The Library’s Digital Collection

    Your library is pleased to provide access to a great collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through our agreement with OverDrive, Inc., a global digital distributor of eBooks & audiobooks and Library Ideas, LLC, distributor of the eBook service Freading.

    OverDrive, Inc. works with publishers and producers of content to determine what titles are available for public libraries to purchase or license. 

    • Some of the popular mainstream publishers (examples: MacMillan and Simon & Schuster) don’t provide content to OverDrive for distribution to public libraries, so we cannot currently provide their content in downloadable format.
    • Some publishers allow libraries to purchase titles, but license their digital titles for specific numbers of uses.  (Example: Titles the library buys from HarperCollins can be used 26 times and then must be purchased again for continued access or removed from the collection.) 
    • Some publishers (example: Brilliance Audio and Penguin) are allowing access to previously purchased content and some backlist titles, but will not be supplying new content for libraries to purchase through OverDrive. 

    Publishers make large portions of their back catalogs available to Freading for checkout to library users.  However, the selection of newly released bestsellers is limited.

    The DCLS selection of ebook and audiobook titles that are available is limited and can change at any time.

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