Overview

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.

 

TumbleBooks Library

Tumblebook Library

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.

Overview

Houston Area Digital Media Catalog

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.
  • 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.

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.

eBooks

There are two different ways to read eBooks using the OverDrive service:

  • Read using a browser
  • Downloaded to a computer or mobile device

To use the downloadable eBook service:

  • Install the OverDrive Media console for Mac or Windows or visit your mobile device app store to find the OverDrive app
  • Authorize your device by creating an OverDrive account
  • Find a title using the OverDrive catalog
  • Check out
  • Download

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

Audiobooks

To use the eAudiobook service:

  • Install the OverDrive Media console for Mac or Windows or visit your mobile device app store to find the OverDrive app
  • Find a title using the OverDrive catalog
  • Checkout item
  • Download

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. (Please Note: There are two different versions of eAudiobooks available: MP3 and OverDrive Listen. Details can be found at OverDrive's eAudio books page.)

Libby -- Mobile App

The newest app for e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive. The same books you love, but in a totally new and redesigned app. One-step setup process, and download books with one tap!

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.

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Some Libby app features, like Patron Recommendations and multilingual support, will be available in early 2018. Until then, please continue using the original OverDrive app to recommend books.

Streaming Video

Watch hundreds of movies and documentaries for free with your library card. Get started and watch them on your web browser through the Library's Overdrive Screening Room portal.

For more information about the streaming video service check out OverDrive's Getting Started with Streaming Videos page.

Screening Room

Free eBook & eAudiobook 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."

  • Audiobooks.org
    Offers their own professionally-read literary classics. Play them here, or download them to your mp3 player.
  • Free-ebooks.net
    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
    LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening.
  • ManyBooks.net
    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 Culture
    Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your mp3 player or computer.
     
  • Open Library
    Open 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.com
    Smashwords 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.