eBooks, eAudiobooks & eVideo
Download eAudiobooks, eBooks, and eVideos 24/7 to your PC, eBook Reader or other device from anywhere in the world.
What are eBooks, eAudiobooks & eVideos?
eBook: a book published in electronic format
eAudiobook: a voice recording of a book published in electronic format
Downloadable eBook: an eBook that can be copied to your personal computer and then transferred to a portable device, such as an eReader.
eVideo: a video that you download and watch on your PC or, in some cases, a compatible portable device.
Getting more information
Need more information about our eBooks or troubleshooting your device, look in the sections below.
Another great source for more information to help you understand and use e-books and e-readers is the "E-books for Texans" website. This site was put together by the staffs of nine libraries in the Houston area, including the Hughes Public Library, with the assistance of consultant, Christine Peterson. We think it's a wonderful resource since it serves as a one-stop shop for how-to and troubleshooting information. You can check it out by clicking the picture below.
How can I access eBooks & eAudiobooks?
The Library provides electronic content from several vendors including OverDrive via the Houston Area Digital Media Catalog, TumbleBooks Library and EbscoHOST. You can access this content from your home computer. If you wish, you can transfer downloadable eBooks to eReaders and eAudiobooks to MP3 players or iPods. Information on each of the services with links is provided below.
The downloadable collection can also be searched in the Hughes Public Library Catalog. To limit to eBook or eAudiobook, under "Material Type," click on the box next to Electronic audiobook or Electronic book, then click on the "include" button.
eBook & eAudiobook Solutions available from the Library
Houston Area Digital Media Catalog powered by Overdrive
- Bestselling audiobooks from a variety of publishers.
- Adult and juvenile downloadable video offerings.
- A selection of popular e-books for all ages.
- Check-out Periods: ebooks and audiobooks (14 days), videos (7 days).
- eBook devices currently supported by OverDrive can be found here.
- KINDLEs are now supported. For a quick how-to click here.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of licensed titles from children's book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker & Company, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, amongst others.
Ebsco eBooks (formerly netLibrary)
- Over 30,000 textual e-book titles provided by TexShare, a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- eBooks are only available for viewing online and cannot be downloaded
Free eBook Resources
Access these sites that have free eBook and eAudiobook content. You will need to check to see if your device can read or play the particular format. To find more resources, just search on google.com for the terms "free ebooks" or "free audiobooks."
- Barnes & Noble Free eBooks
Use on your Nook, Nook software or Barnes & Noble eReader software or app.
Free-ebooks.netSays it's the Internet's #1 online source for free ebook downloads, ebook resources and ebook authors.
Open LibraryOpen Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive. The goal is one web page for every book ever published. Not every book listed has a free eBook version, but there are many available through Open Library and you can limit your search to eBooks.
Smashwords.comSmashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device. NOTE: Sometimes only a portion of a book is free.