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Ebooks and Audiobooks

Who can check out ebooks and audiobooks?

Anyone with a valid TIU login and password is able to check out ebooks and audiobooks. Additionally, OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks are available to anyone with a visitor library account. For login help, click here.

What are downloadable audiobooks?

Downloadable audiobooks are electronic audiobooks available in either Windows Media Audio (WMA) or MP3 format. They can be downloaded either to a computer, or to a variety of electronic devices including mp3 players, smartphones, and tablets. WMA audiobooks have more restrictions on what devices can use them, but they have a much smaller file size. MP3 audiobooks are more broadly compatible, but are approximately twice the size. Due to publisher and format restrictions, not all audiobooks can be used on all devices. To determine whether your device is compatible, go to the OverDrive help page.

What devices can I use library audiobooks on?

Library audiobooks are available for a number of devices depending on formats. For a detailed list, go to the OverDrive help page.


MP3 audiobooks are usually available for PC and Mac, as well as the iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile 7 devices for direct download. They can also be tranferred from a computer to iPods and most other MP3 players.


WMA audiobooks are available for PC, and can usually be transferred to iPods and most MP3 players.

Why are there so many different restrictions?

Each publisher who makes ebooks and audiobooks available to libraries does so under its own rules and restrictions. This means that the restrictions and permissions are often different depending on the publisher it comes from. Also, certain formats are unavailable on some devices, which determines the compatibility of the ebooks and audiobooks with them.

What is DRM?

DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. It is software attached to the ebook and audiobook files that determins the restrictions on the file. It governs when the file expires (at the end of the checkout period), how much can be printed or copied, and whether the file can be converted to another format (it can't). DRM is also found on some ebooks and audiobooks purchased from retailers, though the permissions are slightly different for those.

Can I highlight and take notes?

If you are logged into Ebook Central, you can take notes and highlight text. You can also copy this text to other documents, with a citation included.

What are ebooks?

Ebooks are electronic versions of books, that can be read on a device such as a computer, tablet, smartphone, or ereader. They come in a variety of formats, but the most common ones are EPUB and PDF. The library also offers some ebooks in the Kindle format, but only for some books available through OverDrive. EPUB is different from PDF primarily in that the text is reflowable, which means that if your screen size is different, or you change the font size, the text will adjust to fit the available screenspace.

What devices can I use library ebooks on?

Ebooks as a whole are compatible with most devices, but some titles and formats have different restrictions.

Ebook Central books can be accessed on iOS and Android devices. You will need Bluefire Reader, which is free from the App Store and Google Play. You need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader. See instructions for downloading Ebook Central books and using Bluefire Reader.

As a general rule, EBSCO ebooks can be downloaded to a PC or Mac, and transferred to most ereaders, except the Kindle. You can also use their mobile app to access them on an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android devices. EBSCO ebooks are not compatible with Kindles. 

OverDrive ebooks can be downloaded to a PC or Mac, and transferred to most ereaders. Most of the ebooks can also be accessed with their mobile app, OverDrive Media Console, except for PDF ebooks. Some OverDrive ebooks are also available in the Kindle format. For more information regarding compatible devices for OverDrive, check here. 

Can I use ebooks on my Kindle?

Some OverDrive books are available for Kindle and can be automatically downloaded to your Kindle.

If you have wireless access on your Kindle, you can access Ebook Central books over the internet. You can also download sections of Ebook Central books as pdfs, which can be sent to your Kindle.

If you have a Kindle Fire, you can download the Bluefire Reader app to read ebooks from Ebook Central. Bluefire Reader instructions for installing on a Kindle Fire.

Why is the ebook I want not available?

There are several reasons why we might not have a specific ebook. Some publishers refuse to sell ebooks to libraries, and some place significant restrictions that make it difficult to purchase them. Sometimes we could acquire a particular ebook, but have not yet. If you would like to suggest an ebook for us to consider, we will look to see if it is available and purchase it if it is feasible for us to do so. See the library request form.

Will ebooks disappear from my device when they are due?

When the ebook is due, it will be automatically returned and the file will expire on your computer or device. That means you will no longer be able to access it, but you will need to manually delete the file.

For Ebook Central, you just read the book in your browser, and it is available to other readers as soon as you are done. You can download sections as PDFs, which you can keep permanently.