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Downloading eBooks and Audiobooks & Checking Out an eReader

Find out about both the downloadable ebooks/audiobooks as well as the Color NOOKs for checkout below. The library has over 9,400 downloadable eBooks, over 3,600 downloadable audiobooks, and 6 Nooks available for check out. NEIBORS is the program we use for the downloadable media.

nook_firstCheck out a NOOK

The library has purchased six NOOKs that people can check out and take home!  Each ColorNOOK has 186 titles preloaded on the device, including popular fiction, westerns, romance, mystery, thrillers, young adult titles, children’s books, and a few non-fiction titles.  Check out a NOOK and read a variety of books during the two week check-out period!

Would you like to check out a NOOK?  Ask us about it!  You will need to take a short training, sign a User Agreement form, and put the eReader on hold (or take it with you if it is available).  When one of the eReaders is available, we will call you to come and check it out.

The GATE (Greater Access To Ereading) Project has funded the addition of the ColorNOOKs as well as additional ebooks for downloading through NEIBORS.  If you own an eReader, you will have more choices and a shorter wait time to check out eBooks through the library (no charge!)  The books the library has been able to purchase through GATE will triple the number of ebooks that are available only to our patrons.  GATE has been made possible with a grant from the Buchanan County Community Foundation and funding from the Independence Public Library Foundation.

neibors_audioebook NEIBORS offers downloadable ebooks and downloadable audiobooks to our patrons.  See more information plus tip sheets below!

List of compatible devices for NEIBORS

Why doesn't the library have title of book?  Libraries and eBook Limitations

A library, unlike an individual, cannot purchase an eBook from Amazon or Barnes & Noble and then lend it out to patrons. Digital content is treated differently by the publishers and companies who manage content licensing. We want to give you as many eBooks options as possible, however, many publishers' policies are preventing us from bringing you some titles we would love to offer...maybe even those of your favorite author. The following companies refuse to sell or license eBooks to libraries for eBook lending:

    • Macmillan Publishing
    • Brilliance Audio
    • Simon & Schuster
    • Hachette Book Group
    • Penguin Group


More information in the Sept 2012 article, Libraries Denied Thousands of eBooks.

If you feel that publishers should allow libraries access to eBooks, check out this petition.

NEIBORS Tip Sheets

Getting Started with audiobooks and ebooks in NEIBORS


eBook Tip Sheets

Getting Started with Apple Devices and ebooks

Getting Started with the Kindle

Getting Started with the Nook

Getting Started with the Color Nook

Getting Started with other eReaders


Audiobook Tip Sheets

Getting Started with your Android

Getting started with the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and audiobooks

Getting started with your iPod/iPod Nano/iPod Shuffle and audiobooks

Getting Started with your MP3 Device

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