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October 26, 2014
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.

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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