eBooks, eAudiobooks & eVideo

Download eAudiobooks, eBooks, and eVideos 24/7 to your PC, eBook Reader or other device from anywhere in the world.

What are eBooks, eAudiobooks & eVideos?

eBook: a book published in electronic format

eAudiobook: a voice recording of a book published in electronic format

Downloadable eBook: an eBook that can be copied to your personal computer and then transferred to a portable device, such as an eReader.

eVideo: a video that you download and watch on your PC or, in some cases, a compatible portable device.

Getting more information

Need more information about our eBooks or troubleshooting your device, look in the sections below.

Another great source for more information to help you understand and use e-books and e-readers is the "E-books for Texans" website. This site was put together by the staffs of nine libraries in the Houston area, including the Hughes Public Library, with the assistance of consultant, Christine Peterson. We think it's a wonderful resource since it serves as a one-stop shop for how-to and troubleshooting information. You can check it out by clicking the picture below.

E-Books for Texans link

How can I access eBooks & eAudiobooks?

The Library provides electronic content from several vendors including OverDrive via the Houston Area Digital Media Catalog, TumbleBooks Library and EbscoHOST. You can access this content from your home computer. If you wish, you can transfer downloadable eBooks to eReaders and eAudiobooks to MP3 players or iPods. Information on each of the services with links is provided below.

The downloadable collection can also be searched in the Hughes Public Library Catalog. To limit to eBook or eAudiobook, under "Material Type," click on the box next to Electronic audiobook or Electronic book, then click on the "include" button.

eBook & eAudiobook Solutions available from the Library


Overdrive Offerings


Houston Area Digital Media Catalog powered by Overdrive

  • Bestselling audiobooks from a variety of publishers.
  • Adult and juvenile downloadable video offerings.
  • A selection of popular e-books for all ages.
  • Check-out Periods: ebooks and audiobooks (14 days), videos (7 days).
  • eBook devices currently supported by OverDrive can be found here.
  • KINDLEs are now supported. For a quick how-to click here.

TumbleBooks Library

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of licensed titles from children's book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker & Company, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, amongst others.

Ebsco Ebooks

Ebsco eBooks (formerly netLibrary)

  • Over 30,000 textual e-book titles provided by TexShare, a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • eBooks are only available for viewing online and cannot be downloaded

Free eBook Resources

Access these sites that have free eBook and eAudiobook content. You will need to check to see if your device can read or play the particular format. To find more resources, just search on google.com for the terms "free ebooks" or "free audiobooks."

  • Audiobooks.org
    Offers their own professionally-read literary classics. Play them here, or download them to your mp3 player.
  • Barnes & Noble Free eBooks
    Use on your Nook, Nook software or Barnes & Noble eReader software or app.
  • Free-ebooks.net
    Says it's the Internet's #1 online source for free ebook downloads, ebook resources and ebook authors.
  • Google Books
    While there is no way to restrict search results to downloadable books only, you can limit your results to books that are fully viewable by using the Advanced Search feature of Google Books. Just select the "Full view only" option, enter your search terms and click "Google Search."
  • Internet Archive
    Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
  • LibriVox
    LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening.
  • ManyBooks.net
    manybooks.net strives to provide eBooks in as many formats as possible.
  • Online Books Page
    "The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all."
  • Open Culture
    Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your mp3 player or computer.
  • Open Library
    Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive. The goal is one web page for every book ever published. Not every book listed has a free eBook version, but there are many available through Open Library and you can limit your search to eBooks.
  • Project Gutenberg
    One of the most comprehensive collections of electronic texts on the Internet. Many books can be downloaded for iPad, Kindle, Nook, Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader.
  • Smashwords.com
    Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device. NOTE: Sometimes only a portion of a book is free.