Thursday, March 19, 2020

Free ebooks, audiobooks

With all the social distancing, libraries, bookstores schools closed; here are some links to free materials.


Boston Public Library eCard - available only to Massachusetts residents or property owners.

* Merrimack (Mass) Valley Library Consortium's Digital Library

Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators from The School Library Journal (March 19, 2020)

Free audiobooks here that are in the public domain. ( https://librivox.org/ )

New York Public Library giving free access to 300,000 ebooks, Only works if you are a resident of New York (from TimeOut NY)

*Bookshare.org.  Bookshare membership makes it easy to get students the books they need in formats they can read. You have FREE access to over 800,000 ebooks, including textbooks, educational materials, bestsellers, young adult, and children’s titles. Students can read books in audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and large font.  Bookshare’s qualifications are determined by copyright law, not educational law. To join Bookshare, an individual must have a qualifying reading barrier as certified by a competent authority. Bookshare members may have an IEP, a 504 plan, or no plan at all.


Thank you to Kim Ammons from Mount Holyoke College for passing these along!


VitalSource [web page], which has a borrowing limit of 7

Redshelf [web page], which has a borrowing limit of 7

Cambridge University Press (catalog [web page] and COVID-19 announcement [web page]) is also offering a number of titles free as ebooks on their website, some of which are exclusive to their website. NOTE: As of March 19th, they have removed access with the following note, “Due to performance issues caused by unprecedented demand and reported misuse, we have had to temporarily remove the free access to textbooks. We apologize for the inconvenience caused and are working to address these concerns to reinstate free access as soon as possible.” Hopefully that will be fixed soon, though!

Cengage Unlimited [web page] (though so far, these all appear to also be on RedShelf as well, and they’re marked on RedShelf as Cengage Unlimited titles--but it’s good to have things in multiple places)




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