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E-books and audiobooks from the Washoe County Library

Titles available for your favorite digital device


Sierra View Library, Washoe County Library System, Reno, Nevada, NV

Sierra View Library in the Reno Town Mall.

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No matter what kind of digital reader and / or device you have, the Washoe County Library probably has compatible e-book and audiobook titles you can check out and download to your machine.

What are E-books and Audio Books

E-books are complete books in digital format. They are electronic versions of books and periodicals you can read page - by - page, just like you would with a printed paper version. The term is also used to refer to the actual reading devices, like Kindle and Nook.

Audio books (or audiobooks) are recorded spoken versions of books you can download from the Washoe County Library website to your digital device.

As with digital music available on the Internet, there are copyright laws and other issues surrounding e-books and audiobooks downloaded from the web. The Washoe County Library is a safe and legal source for e-books and audio books. If you use other sources, be extra cautions and read the fine print before clicking the download button.

Which Devices Can You Use for E-books and Audiobooks?

Virtually any device and operating system out there can be used to read and listen to e-books and audiobooks. With the constant creation of new devices and upgrading of existing devices, a comprehensive list is impossible to create. However, here are some of the most common ones...

  • Android Smart Phone
  • Blackberry Smart Phone
  • Creative Players
  • Desktop and Laptop Computers (both Windows and Mac)
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Kindle
  • Kobo eReader
  • Motorola Xoom Tablet
  • Nook eReader
  • Palm Smart Phone
  • Sony Reader
  • Windows Mobile Phone
  • Zune

For a list that is updated on a regular basis, refer to the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

What Software Do I Need For E-books and Audio Books

To read / listen to e-books and audiobooks from the Washoe County Library, most devices require the Overdrive Media Console application. This is a free download. If you need help with your specific device, refer to the OverDrive Help page. There is lots of information here, including installation help. The other common software used on some devices is Adobe Digital Editions.

Checking Out E-books and Audiobooks at the Washoe County Library

The first thing you need is a Washoe County Library account, which comes with your library card. You use your library card number to log in so you can search and check out e-books and audio books. Once you are in the system, you can search thousands of titles of e-books and audiobooks under a variety of topic headings - fiction, non-fiction, children, teens, new titles, recently added, recently returned, and more.

Once you have selected your title(s), proceed to the check out area and follow the directions for your device. E-books and audio books can be checked out for 7, 14, or 21 days. Items you check out will expire after the time period selected. If your title is checked out, you can place yourself on a waiting list to be notified when your turn comes up. To learn more about browsing for books and checking them out, refer to this Digital Books Tour.

E-book and Audiobook Help from the Washoe County Library

Here are some Washoe County Library resources to help you learn and get the most out of the library's e-book and audio book offerings...

In addition, you can go to an E-Reader Café at the library branches, times, and days listed below...
  • Incline Village Library - (775) 832-4130 - Saturdays, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
  • Northwest Reno Library - (775) 787-4104 - Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • South Valleys Library - (775) 851-5195 - Fridays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get More Information About Your Washoe County Library System

Here are some organizations that provide additional services to patrons of the Washoe County Library...

More Places to Find Free E-books and Audiobooks

This list is provided by the Washoe County Library. Be sure to read the fine print at each site before downloading files.

Sources: Washoe County Library System, OverDrive.

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