“Always Available” eBooks
Download eBooks for free with your library card, even when the library is closed! Select from our vendors or explore out-of-copyright or “public domain” materials from our list of alternate sources:
On March 1, 2017, the Maine InfoNet Download Library will be moving to a brand new e-book and e-Audiobook platform called cloudLibrary. This will replace the Overdrive platform being used now.
Our current system, managed by Overdrive, will be turned off on February 28, 2017 and the cloudLibrary will be launched the very next day, March 1, 2017. For more information, please visit the Maine InfoNet Download Library website or see this PPL blog post.
Download popular eBooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, but some content is exclusively available to Portland Public Library cardholders.
PPL’s digital borrowing platform allows you to stream movies, television, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and graphic novels for free! Choose from thousands of Hollywood blockbusters, best selling authors and music artists and from an extensive catalog of educational materials, children’s titles, foreign films, and hard-to-find content. No waiting!! hoopla allows multiple patrons to borrow the same item.
Follow these instructions to get started.
You can also download eBooks, for free and without due dates, that are out-of-copyright or “public domain” from these sources:
- Smashwords eBooks is the world’s largest distributor of indie eBooks, specializing in new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Requires registration.
- Librivox eAudiobooks
- Librophile eBooks and eAudiobooks
Try out eBooks on a PPL Nook eReader!
Try out the digital reading experience on one of PPL’s Nook Simple Touch eReaders that are pre-loaded with popular books and are available for the usual 3-week loan period. Choose the pre-loaded Nook that suits you – popular fiction, teen bestsellers, current science & nature titles, kid favorites & award-winners.
Les livres electroniques en francais!
La biblotheque a deux lecteurs de livres electroniques (Nook Simple Touch) avec plus de vingt livres electroniques en francais pour les francophones ou bien pour ceux qui aiment la langue francaise. On peut les emprunter pour trois semaines (exactement comme les livres imprimes).