E-Books and E-Audio

Bradford Libraries will soon be able to offer customers e-books and e-audiobooks through a new interactive app.

BorrowBox is an online app which will allow library members to download e-books and audiobooks straight to their smartphones, iPads, tablets, laptops or computers.

This free service is coming soon and library members will be able to browse, download and read items 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The app is available for iOS and Android phones, tablets and Kindle Fire.

Users will also be able to use Adobe Digital Editions to read the items on their desktop computer or laptop.

We also provide a range of e-magazines, which you can access if you are a member of the library.

If you are a member of the library you can also access some free reference e-books from our online resources. Resources include many Oxford reference books and Gale's Virtual Reference Library (Infotrac).

We also offer Public Library OnlineThree shelves of literary classics, vintage crime and self-help e-books for streaming from Public Library Online. This site can be enjoyed on a desktop computer via the standard website or Apps are available from  the App Store and Play Store which allow instant access to the e-books on the go. Use your library card barcode number to log in.

Free e-book sites

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free books on the internet. You'll find novels, poetry, short stories, and drama, but also cookbooks, reference works and issues of periodicals. Most are in English, but there are also large numbers in many other languages. All the works featured are out of copyright in the US. You can browse by author or title or search if you know what you're looking for. The top 100 lists the most popular. All books at Project Gutenberg are available as ePub, Kindle, HTML and text documents.

Many Books

The content is similar to Project Gutenberg, thousands of public domain e-books available for free, but there are a few extras. It looks and feels more like an online bookstore, with cover art, reviews and descriptions. You can download in lots of different formats, including ePub, Kindle, PDF and text.

The Online Books Page

Lists over 1 million free books available on the Web. You can search or browse by author, title or recently added. Features include a celebration of women writers and banned books online. Includes a list some of the major sources free online texts in all languages.

Internet Archive Text 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.

Open Library Accessible Books

Over a million e-books.

Google Books

Google Book search lets you search the full text of books, the same way as a web search. Enter a search term and you'll get a list of matching results. Click on a book result and you will be able to see anything from a few short extracts to the entire book. If the book is out of copyright you will be able to look through the book from start to finish. If it is in the public domain you can download a pdf copy.

National Academies Press

All 4,000 National Academies Press titles are available to download as pdfs free as of 2 June 2011. You don’t have to register, but it’s quicker if you do.


Free e-book site. Includes new and established authors and fiction and non-fiction.

e-book Junkie

Claims to be the fastest growing site for downloading and publishing e-books.

IPL Book collection

The Internet Public Library (IPL) maintains a long list of links to websites that provide online books, from single texts such as A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island to collections based around themes, ie poetry and mythology and to general collections.

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature

Luminarium provides texts from several periods of English Literature. Including Medieval, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century and Restoration and Eighteenth century. Each author has an entry that includes works, biography, criticism, quotations and links.

Turning the pages

The British Library's Turning the Pages project allows you to view precious manuscripts from the Library's collections. Using interactive animations, you can turn the pages in a realistic way, zoom in on the images and read or listen to notes explaining each page. Highlights include Sketches by Leonardo, Mozart's Musical Diary and The original Alice. You will need the Shockwave Plug-in to turn the pages (alternative versions are available).

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