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Attend “Learn About eBooks” programs and ask us anytime, if you would like help.

Freading Ebooks

Freading offers over 20,000 fiction and nonfiction eBooks that are always available – no waiting in line even if someone else is reading the eBook. To get started, visit our Freading site (you’ll need your library card) and read the FAQs for guidance on getting Freading eBooks on your favorite reading device.

Click Here for OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

Thousands of popular titles in eBook and eAudiobook formats. 

NEW! OverDrive for Kids – eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids who love to read

Safari Tech Books Online

Now you never have to leave your computer! With immediate access to thousands of the newest and most popular IT books, you can find the information you need. Right here. Right now.

All audiobooks, all the time.  Download to your desktop or to a free mobile app for your Android or Apple device.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. To access from your home or office, enter your LCPL library card barcode number (with no spaces) where indicated.
LCPL Zinio Magazine Collection

Welcome to Zinio, Loudoun County Public Library’s online magazine collection. Now you can download current and back issues of your favorite magazines to read on your PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone. With more than 100 magazines on a wide range of topics, you’re sure to find something you like.

Zinio is fun and easy to use, but there are a few things you need to know:

  • After you select a magazine, you’ll be asked to create a Loudoun County Public Library Zinio account. The next step is to create a second account with Zinio, the company that hosts the library’s magazine platform. (It’s OK to use the same user name and password combination.) Confused? Don’t worry, after this setup you’ll only have to log in once when you check out.
  • Checkouts are for single issues, not for a subscription. So if you check out a monthly magazine, you’ll need to come back the following month if you want the next issue.
  • The Zinio app is for reading only. Selection and checkout must be done on a computer, not from within the app. Sorry.
  • Some Zinio features do not work with Internet Explorer 8 or below. We recommend updating or using a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.
We hope you enjoy using Zinio.

Click here to access Zinio.

Ebsco Host

Click here to access eBooks on EBSCOhost

eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary)

  • Nonfiction eBooks on a wide range of topics, including business, economics, computer science, history, and more.
  • Classic fiction and poetry for children, teens and adults.
  • View online or download to your computer for transfer to reading devices, including NOOK, Sony Reader and iPad.

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 Online collection of animated talking picture books which teach children the joy of reading in a format they'll love. 
BookFlix is an online resource that pairs video storybooks with related eBooks to build a love of reading.
OverDrive for Kids – eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids who love to read

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Privacy issues
Monday, October 24, 2011 

Questions have been raised in the library world about whether we put our patrons' privacy at risk by offering OverDrive downloads to the Kindle.  Here is one statement, from librarian Sarah Houghton, who often blogs about privacy issues and intellectual freedom.  To put it simply, when you download a Kindle Book from an OverDrive library, you are routed to Amazon.com, where you complete the transaction -- presumably allowing Amazon.com staff access to your reading choices.

LCPL, like all libraries, takes privacy very seriously, sometimes more seriously than our patrons do.  For example, we don't keep a record of what you checked out in the past -- once you return library materials, the transaction disappears -- and occasionally we get complaints about that from people who would like to make a list of what they have already read.  So it is a little disturbing to hand over even a small portion of that privacy protection to a third party. 

We believe the benefits of the service outweigh the possible risks, but wanted you to be aware of these concerns.  The Kindle Book download service is an enhancement to our library services and collection and one that that is opted into by our borrowing public. The use of Kindle Books requires an individual Amazon.com account which has a previously agreed to Terms of Service. If you want to avoid this third party contact, we have other options available to you, including traditional books, audiobooks, and eBooks in other formats.

Sony Reader Wi-Fi Reviewed
Thursday, October 20, 2011 

In case you're in the market for an e-reader, here's a review of Sony's new WiFi Reader -- currently the only dedicated reading device that allows the library user to manage the complete selection, checkout, and download process entirely on the device itself.  At $149, it costs a little more than its main competitors, the Kindle and Nook.  But if you've ever handled a Sony Reader, you know that it is a sleek and lovely device; it just looks and feels nicer.  As always, whether it's worth it or not depends on what features are important to you.

Always Available eBooks
Thursday, October 13, 2011 

Want an eBook right now, but all the good stuff is checked out?  Or maybe you're looking for a classic book that we don't have in our eBook collection?  OverDrive provides a collection of public domain eBooks (from Project Gutenberg) that are always available for download.  You don't have to check them out and they never expire.  Just look for the "Additional eBooks" box at the bottom left of any page on our OverDrive site.  These books are in EPUB format, so they won't work with your Kindle, but you can read them in Adobe Digital Editions on other devices, or download them directly to your smartphone using OverDrive Media Console. They work great as an emergency book that you can keep on your phone to read in short bursts when you're standing in line or waiting in the dentist's office.

No Christmas for Spenser
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 

Just got word from OverDrive that the eAudiobook Xmas Spenser has been cancelled by the publisher, Books on Tape.  I checked the Books on Tape website and they now show the release date as 10/2/12.  All holds on the title were removed by OverDrive and we have no way of knowing who placed them, so this post will have to serve as both notice and our apology.


To use eBooks or eAudiobooks, you must have a LCPL card.
Need further assistance? Take a look at our FAQ, contact your local LCPL branch, or contact us via email.

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