eBooks: What are They and How Do I Read Them?

eBooks are electronic or digitized versions of print books. By using an app or website, they can be easily downloaded to devices such as your smartphone, eReader, tablet, or computer.

Thousands of eBooks are available to download for free with your Salina Library card. If you don’t have a library card, you can apply for one here.

When you read an eBook on your device, you are in control of the text size and screen brightness, making it easy to adjust for your preferences and visual needs. A device can also hold many, many books at once, so it’s convenient to have multiple books at your fingertips without actually carrying books with you.

Do you need help using your smartphone, tablet, or computer to get started reading eBooks?  One-on-one technology help appointments are now available.  Appointments last up to 1 hour.  Registration is required.  Masks are required.  Please visit the online calendar here, or call the library at 315-454-4524 to make an appointment.

Check out the list of options for eBooks below and get started enjoying them today!


Libby by OverDrive provides access to thousands of fiction and non-fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks.  Download and install the Libby app from iTunes for Apple devicesGoogle Play Store for Android devices.  You can also use Libby in your browser on your Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computer by visiting https://libbyapp.com/.

hoopla is a great source for downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks to enjoy on your device! Download and install the hoopla app from iTunes for Apple devices, or Google Play Store for Android devices. Also available on Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, and many other supported devices.

Explore, read, and listen to millions of books for free! Download and install the OverDrive app from iTunes for Apple devices, or Google Play Store for Android devices. View a list of supported devices.