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Can’t get to the library but still need to satisfy all of your bookish needs? Never fear, these awesome eResources are here! Check out the curated links below for the library’s digital catalog, always-available eBooks & eAudiobooks, freebies from subscription services, book talk podcasts, virtual book groups, and more. This list is constantly being updated so check back often!


cloudLibrary eBooks & eAudiobooks

Download popular eBooks cloudLibrary iconand eAudiobooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary, the library’s curated digital collections. All you need to get started is a mobile device and a library card. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, with exclusive content available to Portland Public Library cardholders.

Maine InfoNet has just beefed up our cloudLibrary catalog with a generous purchase of thousands of new and backlist titles, and they are currently raising funds to purchase more content. In addition, PPL will continue to purchase new titles regularly, including additional copies of high-demand titles to reduce wait times. Our catalog is constantly growing, so check in frequently to see what’s new!


Always-available eBooks – No Holds, No Waiting!

Biblioboard/Indie Author Project
Discover local content from self-published authors, top indie eBooks and so much more. Never experience a hold, checkout or lending limit. Download the BiblioBoard Library app for your Apple, Android or Kindle device now, or visit the following links on any web browser. You will need to allow the database to use your location or log in with your PPL library card number to gain access.

Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA has launched a new web catalog that allows anyone to browse and directly download any of the more than 6,300 ebook titles available on their Open Bookshelf. Read classic novels, children’s books, textbooks and non-English titles, all for free, with no login or library card needed. These books are also available to read for free via the SimplyE app. Just download the SimplyE app on iOS or Android (from the App or Play store) and choose “Digital Public Library of America” as your library.

EBSCOhost Ebook Collection
The EBSCOhost Ebook Collection contains nearly 8,000 titles that cover a wide variety of topics for all ages. These always-available eBooks can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device. This service is offered through the state’s Digital Maine Library. Scroll down to locate the database, then allow it to use your location or log in with your Maine library card number.

RomanceBookCloud
Our friends at Tumblebooks have given us free access to their RomanceBookCloud through August and we’re so excited to share this steamy collection with you! This user-friendly database features unlimited access from home. You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads. Books are available instantly. No login or password required…this service is available to anyone with the link so get in there and start reading!

NOTE: the link above should give you direct access, but we’ve had reports that it works sporadically. If necessary, use these credentials to log in:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

SCRIBD
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Scribd, the audiobook, ebook, and magazine subscription service, is offering 30 days of free access to their entire library to everyone through this link. Click through to redeem your free 30 days!

Public Domain
You can also download eBooks, for free and without due dates, that are out-of-copyright or “public domain” from these sources. No login or password required.


Always-available eAudiobooks – No Holds, No Waiting!

AudioBookCloud
Our friends at Tumblebooks have given us free access to their AudioBookCloud through August and we’re psyched to share it with you! This all-ages collection is always available with no holds and no wait time. Browse from genres including Classics, Literature, Westerns, Mystery and Suspense, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, and more. No login or password required…this service is available to anyone with the link!

NOTE: the link above should give you direct access, but we’ve had reports that it works sporadically. If necessary, use these credentials to log in:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

SCRIBD
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Scribd, the audiobook, ebook, and magazine subscription service, is offering 30 days of free access to their entire library to everyone through this link. Click through to redeem your free 30 days!

Public Domain
You can also download eAudiobooks, for free and without due dates, that are out-of-copyright or “public domain” from these sources. No login or password required.


Book Talk Podcasts

The Book Review Podcast
The official books podcast of the New York Times, The Book Review Podcast is hosted by Sunday Book Review editor Pamela Paul and features interviews and conversations with authors and critics.

The Guardian Books podcast
The Guardian Books podcast is a weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world, discussions, and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike.

The New Yorker: Fiction
Editor Deborah Treisman hosts The New Yorker: Fiction podcast. Every month a writer is chosen to pick a story from the magazine’s archives to read and discuss on the air.

Overdue
Overdue is a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy children’s books: they’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

Sugar Calling
Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed calls up the writers she admires on Sugar Calling, a new podcast from the New York Times. Cheryl Strayed, also known as Sugar, says writing taught her how to give advice. In this moment of uncertainty, she’s setting aside advice-giving in favor of wisdom-seeking and turning to the writers who have long inspired her for courage and insight.

World Book Club
BBC’s World Book Club features some of the world’s greatest authors discussing their best-known works and invites listeners to participate in Q&A sessions.


Comics

Marvel Unlimited
Marvel is helping comic book fans cope with self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic by releasing some of their most popular titles for free. Through their digital comics subscription service, Marvel Unlimited, they are releasing complete story arcs from a curated list of titles featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and more, at no charge from Thursday, April 2 until Monday, May 4.

To access the free issues, download the Marvel Unlimited app via the Apple or Google Play app stores and select the free comics option. No credit card information or trial subscription required to read from the free list. New titles will be added monthly.


Poetry

Poetry eResources
Poetry lovers, come explore the web with us! Here’s a curated list of poetry eResources. We’ve included favorite websites where you can find fantastic poems, videos of great poetry readings, links to some of the best podcasts today, and more.


Virtual Book Groups

PPL Reading Challenge: 12 months, 24 books
If you’re looking to connect with other readers, check out the library’s closed Facebook group PPL Reading Challenge: 12 months, 24 books. It’s a great place to “get together” with other Portland readers to share book recommendations, read reviews, keep up with new releases, and bask in bookish culture. The group is moderated by library staff, and there are occasional giveaways!

Goodreads Groups
There are a lot of virtual book groups with various themes that you can access through Goodreads Groups, including Oprah’s Book Club, Reese’s Book Club, Addicted to YA, and more. Create a free Goodreads membership to join and get involved in the discussion immediately. Goodreads offers a plethora of opportunities for social networking, and is a great way to kill time and connect with other booklovers.

LibraryThing
LibraryThing is now officially free! Sign up for an account to start building your own online book catalog. You can add/catalog an unlimited number of books just by taking a picture of the bar code, searching the title, or entering the ISBN. This is a dream come true for anyone with a penchant for organizing and a sudden wealth of free time (ahem, librarians working from home). Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth, so it can be a great social networking space.

Your Own Book Club!
Want to take your own book club online? Check out these helpful how-to articles: