MEHPL -- eBooks, Audiobooks & Streaming Video
Download eAudiobooks, eBooks, and eVideos 24/7 to your PC, eBook Reader or other device from anywhere in the world.
What are eBooks, Audiobooks, and Streaming Videos?
- 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.
- Streaming Video: a video that you download and watch on your PC or, in some cases, a compatible portable device.
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.
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.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of 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.
It's free to use through the library! You can visit the website here: TumbleBooks
You can also download the TumbleBooks app from the app store. When you register, choose Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library as the location and then enter your library card number. Then browse titles and the material will load automatically! TumbleBooks does require internet service to run materials.
Hoopla is a free service where you can check out audiobooks, comics, eBooks, movies, music, and TV shows with your library card! You can visit the website here: Hoopla
- Instantly available borrowing.
- No hold queues
- Stream content through your browser on PC/Mac.
- Stream or download with the hoopla digital app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Roku.
- Check out 10 items per month.
- Read our hoopla FAQ for more tips.
To get started in your browser:
If it's your first time click "Sign up today" at the top of the page and follow the instructions.
1) Choose Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library as your library.
2) Then enter your library card number. Your library PIN will be your last name.
3) Finally, enter your email and create a password and complete your registration.
You can also download the Hoopla Digital app from the appstore.
You can now log in with your email and password anytime you like! You can pick any of the materials available.
How long can items be checked out?
Audiobooks: 21 days
Comics: 21 days
eBooks: 21 days
Music: 7 days
Movies: 3 days
TV Shows: 3 days
OverDrive is a digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content.
Bestselling audiobooks from a variety of publishers.
Adult and juvenile downloadable video offerings.
A selection of popular e-books for all ages.
Visit the OverDrive webiste here: Overdrive
Now search for a title and check it out!
How long can items be checked out?
eBooks and eAudiobooks: 14 days
Videos: 7 days
Through OverDrive, the Houston Area Digital Media Catalog has purchased ebooks and eAudiobooks so all member libraries can access those titles. In addition to the titles bought by HADC, the Marion and Ed Hughes Public Library has purchased more titles for Nederland users through the OverDrive Advantage Program. To see the 'Advantage' titles that are available for you to check out or place on hold, you must log in to your account.
For detailed instructions on how to check out or how to read eAudiobooks at OverDrive, please check out OverDrive's Getting Help with eAudio books Page.
For detailed instructions on how to check out or how to read eBooks at OverDrive check out the OverDrive's Getting Help with eBooks Page.
Get online help with any of Overdrives services here.
Libby is the app for e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive.
Using a smartphone or tablet, download the Libby App!
Sign in with your library card number and choose the HUGHES LIBRARY.
Start searching for eBooks and eAudiobooks from anywhere, any time!
Do your children use Libby? Add a child-friendly filter by clicking on the plus-sign button at the top center of the home page. Then choose "Juvenile" under the "Audience" filter.
Help and Instructions
Reading on a Kindle
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."
Offers their own professionally-read literary classics. Play them here, or download them to your mp3 player.
- Barnes & Noble Free eBooks
Use on your Nook, Nook software or Barnes & Noble eReader software or app.
Says it's the Internet's #1 online source for free ebook downloads, ebook resources and ebook authors.
- Google Books
While there is no way to restrict search results to downloadable books only, you can limit your results to books that are fully viewable by using the Advanced Search feature of Google Books. Just select the "Full view only" option, enter your search terms and click "Google Search."
- Internet Archive
Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening.
manybooks.net strives to provide eBooks in as many formats as possible.
Online Books Page"The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all."
Open CultureDownload hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your mp3 player or computer.
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.
- Project Gutenberg
One of the most comprehensive collections of electronic texts on the Internet. Many books can be downloaded for iPad, Kindle, Nook, Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader.
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.