eContent: downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, Language Study & Music


eBooks from OverDrive and EBSCOhost

Access eBooks and downloadable audiobooks from OverDrive through the MVLC network. OverDrive offers a growing collection of eBooks for all ages in Adobe EPUB, Kindle Book, and OverDrive Read formats, plus many audiobook titles in MP3 or OverDrive Listen formats. You must first download the free Overdrive software to your computer or install the free OverDrive app to your mobile device. You will use your library card number to set up your free OverDrive account. Then you will use the internet to search for titles and checkout titles which you can download to your computer or mobile device for reading/listening off-line. Please refer to OverDrive's extensive "Help" section for complete instructions tailored to specific devices and video tutorials.

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.


Pronunciator

Pronunciator 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. Learn online, or get the app for your mobile device.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Click on the Pronunciator link (at left) to get started. You will need a valid Groton Public Library card and an email address to access the system.
  2. On your first visit, use form on the right site of the welcome page to sign up for your free account. After you have entered your library card number, email address and name, click "Register."
  3. You will be assigned a random username and password when your library card number has been validated. Click on "My Account" to edit your user name and password to whatever you choose. Write down the username and password so you will have it the next time you wish to log in.
  4. Select a language and you are ready to begin!

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 33,000 free ebooks listed.
  • Baen Free Library – site for free science fiction ebooks.

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