Free eAudio and eBook Resources
Apart from our subscription digital services, we also offer links to sites that offer public domain eBooks and eAudio. These sites may not be as easy to use, but they do offer many older books that will not be in our collection. If you are looking for an electronic version of a classic, give one of these sites a try. (Note: the Meridian Library District does not offer any support in the use of these sites. They are freely available to anyone, and it is incumbent upon the user to manage his/her downloads.)
Some e-readers will work with e-books in PDF and EPUB formats, and many books in the public domain are available in this format. Some of these sites are:
- Open Library
- Project Gutenberg
- Million Book Project
- Baen Books (Science Fiction)
- Online Catalog of Free E-Book Resources
Books should be free is a visually appealing and user friendly site of public domain audio books organized by genre and available in .mp3 and iTunes format. Each listing has an audio preview and a summary, listener reviews where available, and links to the corresponding e-books.
Librivox is an extensive repository of public domain audio books in .mp3 format. Volunteers narrate the books. Check reviews for feedback.
Openculture is a great resource that provides free university courses, language classes, audio books, and e-books. Books are largely classics that are in the public domain. Formats vary, including .mp3 and iTunes.
Podiobooks provides free audio books in .mp3 format. Podiobooks is serialized -- you choose at what intervals you want to have book sections delivered. Entries are self-submitted and often read by the authors. Books are categorized by genre. They include summary blurbs and feedback on audio, narration, writing, and overall quality.
Storynory is an audio book/e-book site for children. It includes fairy tales, classics, a few original stories, and educational stories. Available in .mp3 and iTunes format.
Foreign language audio books: