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Online Resources » Readers & Writers
Download popular eBooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, with some additional content purchased by Portland Public Library and available to Portland Public Library cardholders exclusively.
Digital Maine Library
The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools.Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
Mango Languages is a fun, fast, and interactive online language-learning system to learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, or English. Available from home--set up an account with your email address, and library barcode and select a password.
NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Pronunciator Language Learning
Self-paced language learning for 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages. Audio lessons, interactive textbooks, intelligent flashcards, pronunciation analysis, phrasebooks, and quizzes.
Reader’s Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982
The 1890-1982 is an online index to over 3 million articles from approximately 374 popular magazines. Use this to search for articles and primary sources that pre-date the scope of the MARVEL!
SELF-e for Indie Author Submissions
SELF-e connects indie authors, libraries & readers. It is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal & BiblioBoard that enables local authors & Portland Public Library to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. If you are an author and you would like to self-publish your work, this is the place to start!
SELF-e Indie Maine Collection
Find ebook titles from local, independently published authors in Maine in this module. Be sure to check out the top picks from Library Journal!
SELF-e Select Collection
This Anthology contains some of the very best SELF-e submissions in the nonfiction, poetry, YA and children's genres as chosen by Library Journal. After a rigorous curation and judgment process of over a thousand submissions, these works were hailed for their superior quality and selected as the SELF-e highlights. This recognition draws attention to the impressive literary talents present amongst independent authors.