eContent: downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, Language Study & Music


Axis 360 – eBook collection

GPL is happy to introduce a new eBook collection, Axis 360. Axis 360 works with Blio eBook reading software that you download to your computer, tablet, or iPhone. Blio is the first reader app to be 100% compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Axis 360 titles will currently run on any Windows PC and on iOS and Android mobile devices. When you check out a title on your Axis 360 account, it can be moved to multiple devices which support Blio, such as an iPhone, an iPad, or a Kindle Fire. Axis 360 will soon be available for Nook, Kobo, Sony, Mac desktops, WebOS, and the vendor is negotiating with Amazon for Kindle compatibility.

Here's how it works:

  1. Follow the link to Axis 360: http://grotonpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com/default.aspx
  2. Log in with your library card number and PIN. You will also be prompted to choose a user name and enter your email address the first time you login.
  3. If you do not already have Blio, click on "Get the Reader." Blio is available for Windows, iPad & iPhone, and Android. The first time you open Blio, you will need to create a Blio account with an email address and password. Click here for Blio FAQs.
  4. Back at the Axis 360 site, you can see featured items on the "Magic Wall," browse by subject area, or search for specific titles. When you check out an eBook, it will download to your computer or device and be available for viewing in your Blio Reader. You may set your checkout period from 1-14 days. Two books maximum may be checked out at a time.
  5. Enjoy your eBooks. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

OneClick Digital Downloadable Audiobooks

Use your GPL card to check out downloadable audiobooks from Recorded Books, available through OneClick Digital. These eAudiobooks are compatible with iPods and other Apple devices.

All users will have to set up a free account with OneClick Digital. Click on the link, then click on "create new account" in the upper right and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need a valid Groton Public Library card to set up an account with your own username and password.

OneClick Digital recommends that users download and install their free program OneClick Digital Media Manager. This is the easiest way to download audiobooks to your PC. If you intend to listen to audiobooks on an iPod or other Apple device, you will also need to have iTunes installed on your computer. When you set up your account, you have the option of selecting Apple devices (iTunes) or "other" for all other types portable mp3 players supporting wma (Windows Media Audio). See the FAQ section and video tutorials at OneClick Digital for more information on types of devices and how to install OneClickdigital Media Manager. At this time, a version of OneClick Digital Media Manager for Macs is still under development.

Here are the basics on how downloadable audiobooks work:

  1. Set up your OneClickdigital account.
  2. Download and install OneClick Digital Media Manager (recommended) on your PC.
  3. Login to OneClick Digital, select an audiobook title, and check it out.
  4. Download the title(s) you have checked out to your PC computer.
  5. Listen to downloaded audiobooks on your computer, or transfer files to your portable listening device using OneClick Digital Media Manager.
  6. Manual downloading is also available without any special software for your computer or portable audio player, using Windows Media Player.
  7. Hundreds of unabridged audiobook titles are available, including the Modern Scholar series, and many children's and young adult titles.
  8. New titles added monthly.

Groton library card holders can set up a FREE account from home and access the audio library from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Unlimited copies of each title are available, so there are no holds to worry about.
  • There are no overdue fines. Unless they are renewed, titles cease to play after 21 days.
  • Users can check out up to 10 titles at a time.

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online (formerly BYKI Online) is a language-learning program that provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels. There are 80+ languages to choose from and each language course is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary building lessons.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Click on the Transparent Language Online link to get started. You will need a valid Groton Public Library card and PIN to access the system.
  2. After you have entered your library card number and PIN, follow the link to the Transparent Language Online website. On your first visit, click on "Sign Up Now" to set up a free account with your own username and password.
  3. You will be prompted to take a "Guided Tour" and learn more about getting started with Transparent Language Online.

Freegal Music – Download songs that are yours to keep!

GPL is pleased to offer a new product. Freegal Music offers free, DRM-free access to songs from the Sony Music catalog—thousands of recordings by your favorite artists. Log in to Freegal Music with your library card number and PIN and begin downloading! Limits are set at three downloads per week. Your counter will turn back to zero each Monday morning. Then you can download three more tunes during the new week.

All types of music are available. Search by subject, historical event, genre, people, cultural group, place, time period, or ensemble.

For more information on how to download music and help using Freegal, consult the FAQ page on the Freegal website.


Free eBooks

You may be interested in finding free eBooks to download. Both Amazon (for the Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (for the NOOK), offer some free eBooks to their respective users. Here are some other places to download free ebooks:

  • Internet Archive – over 2.5 million free titles. Internet Archive is a non-profit dedicated to offering permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital format.
  • Open Library – over 1 million free titles. Open Library's goal is to provide a page on the web for every book ever published.
  • Project Gutenberg – over 33,000 free ebook titles, mostly classics and older books beyond copyright, available in a variety of formats including the Kindle and the epub file format used by the NOOK and other brands of ebook readers.
  • The Online Books Page – University of Pennsylvania site with links to over 30,000 free ebooks.
  • ManyBooks.net – more than 29,000 free ebooks listed.
  • Baen Free Library – site for free science fiction ebooks.

eBooks from Overdrive and EBSCOhost

Users with a C/WMARS regional library card, may check out eBooks from Overdrive. (Groton residents may get a free C/WMARS card at any of the C/WMARS full-member libraries such as Ayer, Shirley, or Townsend.) In addition to a collection of downloadable audiobooks, Overdrive offers a growing collection of eBooks in Adobe PDF, Adobe EPUB, and Mobipocket eBook formats. You must first download the free Overdrive software to a PC computer. After you "check out" an eBook, you may transfer the downloaded file(s) to your e-reader device. The loan period varies depending on the title, but it is typically 3 weeks. Learn more at the C/WMARS Overdrive site and see a complete list of compatible devices.

A collection of approximately 6,000 ebook titles in Adobe PDF format is available through EBSCOhost, courtesy of the Boston Public Library. These titles are available for online viewing with limited pages available for download. Click here to search the EBSCOhost eBook collection.


If you have any comments or questions about this new service, please contact us at info@gpl.org.