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August 28, 2015
Resources for E-content
E-reader and Tablet Kit
The E-reader and Tablet Kit is available for 3 week checkouts to SCKLS member libraries. The kit contains a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire, Nook HD tablet, Nook Glo, Kobo Glo, iPad mini, iPad2, Google Nexus 7 Android tablet, and a Microsoft Surface. If you're interested in checking out the kit, or if you have questions, contact Stefanie Gostautas, ,
800-234-0529 x. 100.

Handouts for State and Subscription eBook Databases
These handouts can be useful for both patrons and staff. 3MCloud, Enki and Freading are eBook databases provided by the State Library and can be used by anyone who has a Kansas State Library Card. OverDrive is a subscription eBook database used by some libraries in Kansas.





Sources for E-books/E-readers
  • E-readers 
    • Kindle – You can find the user’s guide for every model of Kindle here. It’s located on Amazon’s Kindle Help pages, another great source of information if you’ve got a Kindle question.
    • Nook – Here is a chart with the currently available Nook models. You can compare the features and technical specifications.
    •  iPad – Apple breaks down the differences between the iPad models. Visit this page to learn about setting up a new iPad, and other useful help topics.
    • Kobo – A comparison chart with features for all of the currently available Kobo eReaders, as well as a link to their user and quick start guides.
  • E-reader Resources – Information on a variety of e-readers with links to each type in order to compare their functionalities.

Sources for Free Content
  • Talking Books - A free audio reader service.
  • Project Gutenberg – Free e-books for PC’s, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable devices.
  • Feedbooks – Provides some free e-books for Android & iPhone/iPad.
  • Open Library – Initiative of the Internet Archive providing free world classic literature e-books.
  • Google Books – Public domain titles available for PC’s and other portable devices.
  • Free Technology for Teachers - Places to find free e-books for yourself and your students.
  • Librivox - free online audiobooks from the public domain. 

State library resources & local paid content

Local Overdrive Options

The following SCKLS Member Public Libraries have chosen to contract independently or as a group with Overdrive for e-content:

State Library of Kansas

The State Library has audiobooks and ebooks available for checkout. Visit their site for more information.

Sources for paid content
  • Follett Shelf – Provides e-books and offers a free demonstration accessible immediately from their website.
  • Baker & Taylor – Provides e-books through Gale E-Books and seems to be more reference-based titles.
  • EBSCO – Provides both e-books and audiobooks platform and a free trial on their website.
  • ProQuest eLibrary and ProQuest ebrary – Two different platforms for digital content (not just e-books).  

File Types

Copyright and Licensing Issues
The license agreements for e-content override copyright permissions.

Policy Examples

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