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Downloading ebooks, audiobooks, & magazines PLUS Check out a Nook!

Find out about both the downloadable ebooks/audiobooks/magazines as well as the Color NOOKs for checkout below. Click on what you would like to learn more about.

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BRIDGES (used to be NEIBORS) offers downloadable ebooks and downloadable audiobooks to our patrons. 
See more information plus tip sheets below!

Getting Started with BRIDGES

List of compatible devices for BRIDGES

Getting Started with audiobooks and ebooks in BRIDGES


Specific Tip Sheets

Getting Started with ebooks and audiobooks with an Apple Device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

Getting Started with Kindle ebooks

Getting Started with ebooks and audiobooks with an Android Device

Getting Started with ebooks and audiobooks for Chromebook

Getting Started with ebooks and audiobooks for Windows Phone 8

Getting Started with ebooks and audiobooks for Windows or Mac Computer


Additional Help:

More help with ebooks - like Formats, downloading, authorization, reading, syncing, transferring, returning, and removing.

More help with audiobooks - like downloading, listening, syncing, transferring, using iTunes, burning, returning, and removing.

Attend an ebook class at the library or schedule a time for individual help with a library staff member.  Call us at 319-334-2470 or email at .


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.



Check out a NOOK

The library has purchased six NOOKs that people can check out and take home!  Each ColorNOOK has over 200 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!  

There is also an Iowa NOOK with titles and authors available with an Iowa connection.

Would you like to check out a NOOK?  You need to be 18-years of age or older and have had a library card with us for 90 days or longer to check one out.  Ask us!  You will need to take a short training, sign a User Agreement form, and then you can check out the eReader!  If a NOOK is not available, put it on hold and we will call you when it is available.





Zinio Title List

eMagazines with Zinio

Read popular magazines cover to cover on a computer or mobile device…free through the library!  Enjoy everything from home, fitness, garden, news, money, sports, and more.

The Independence Public Library subscribes to about 50 digital titles for you.  The magazines are always available with unlimited users.

Read online on your computer with Adobe Flash 9 or higher installed.  Read offline on a mobile device with the reader app.


  • A valid Independence Public Library Card
  • A valid email address
  • A Mac or PC computer with a web browser and Adobe Flash OR a compatible device and a Zinio App.
  • Compatible devices are iPads, iPods, iPhones, most android tablets, Kindle Fire (not with the original), Blackberry Playbooks, and the Nook HD/HD+.

Getting Started

To use Zinio, you need two accounts:

  • A library Zinio account to choose your magazines
  • A account to view/read the magazines

More information about Zinio.

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