((remember the 20/20/20 rule – for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, spend 20 seconds looking at a still object 20 feet away))
There is no doubt that these times present many challenges, but they also present great opportunities! If you’ve never tried an eBook or eAudiobook because you prefer a physical copy, you’re not alone; however now is an excellent time to start using these wonderful resources. The Grey Highlands Public Library can provide you with excellent options in this area, which will be highlighted here in addition to being featured throughout our site. These resources range from websites to apps to social media posts, so there’s something here for everyone.
The Grey Highlands Public Library website already offers select eResources allowing you to sample and borrow a range of eBook and eAudiobook titles. These include RBDigital, OverDrive, Novelist Plus, and Britannica. We also now have a new temporary subscription to Tumble Books!
Additional Online Resources
While it is always advisable to check the credibility of online sites, there is no doubt that the internet is a vast repository of information. Luckily, when it comes to finding things to do when isolated, that means that there are plenty of options available to you. Below is a list of even more eBook and eAudiobook related resources you can check out.
Free Book, Website & Book Club Resources
- Online Reading Resources Google Doc
- How to Access Forest of Reading Books Google Doc
- We Are Bookish – Continually updated list of virtual events happening now.
- Open Library – A collection of internet sites, artifacts and titles.
- Open Culture – A collection of hundreds of eBooks, eAudiobooks, music and more!
- Feedbooks – Download thousands of public domain books for free.
- Internet Archive – Access millions of free books, movies, music, websites and more.
- Project Gutenberg – A resource of over 60,000 free eBooks.
- LibriVox – Free public domain audiobooks.
- Free eBook Download of Razzle Dazzle Unicorn
- Free eBook Download of Snoopy Party Animal
- Free eBook Download of Wallace the Brave
- Free eBook Download of Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild
- Free eBook Download of Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy
- Online Book Club Tips
- Online Book Club Ideas
Temporarily Available Resources
- Giller Prize Audiobooks – List of audiobooks from Audible – free until June 28, 2020.
- EBSCO Databases – Username “solstrial” password “Spring20202!” – 90 day trial.
- Learning Express – Page of test prep and career resources – free until June 30, 2020.
- BookBrowse – If asked to login, use password “staysafe” – free until May 31, 2020.
- Booklist – Reviews, interviews, spotlights and more – free until further notice.
- 12 Story Library – eBooks for young learners provided – free until May 31 2020.
- Booknet: Podcasting for Beginners
- I Value Canadian Stories
- First Chapter Fridays – Focuses on Canadian YA books.
- The Adaptables – Dissects book-to-screen adaptations.
- Professional Book Nerds – Book recommendations, author interviews and more.
- This is the Author – Goes into the studio with authors who read their audiobooks.
- Libby – Allows you to access your OverDrive materials (login with library card)
- Audible – Download free trial, get one free audiobook.
- Amazon Kindle – Browse and read books, audiobooks, magazines and comics.
- Volumes – Find and sample audiobooks, access exclusive giveaways.