eBOOKS and AUDIOBOOKS

To download eBooks and audiobooks, you need:

  1. your Pekin Public Library card number
  2. your library card PIN
  3. access to the Internet

We have 2 sources for eBooks and audiobooks: Alliance Digital Media Library which uses the Overdrive app and eReadIllinois which uses the axis360 app.  You can search and download titles through the apps or  download directly from our catalog ( from our home page) 

GETTING STARTED WITH OVERDRIVE
Download Instructions for your e-Reader

Setup takes 20 to 30 minutes to download apps, software, etc.  After that, downloading books just takes a minute or two.  Problems?  Bring your device to the Adult Reference desk.  We will help with setup or give you helpful time saving tips.  Or, click the Overdrive icon to go to their website for more information.overdrive help

GETTING STARTED WITH AXIS360
Download Instructions for your e-Readeraxis 360
Setup takes 20 to 30 minutes to download apps, software, etc.  After that, downloading books just takes a minute or two.  Problems?  Bring your device to the Adult Reference desk.  We will help with setup or give you helpful time saving tips. Or, click the axis360 icon to go to their website for more information.
  • Axis 360 for Desktop, Android and Apple Devices
  • Axis 360 for Kindle (3rd Generations Devices and up)  NOTE!  1st Generation Kindle Fires, Kindle Reader, and Kindle Paper White are not compatible with the Axis 360 Platform.  Not sure what you have?  Check Kindle device status here
  • HOW DO I RETURN MY EBOOKS ?

    The great thing about eBooks is that you never have to return them!  The system automatically clears them from your device on your due date – which means you never accrue late fees!  You may WANT to return your books;  for example, if  you have read all 5 of your books before their due dates, you will need to return your ebooks in order to download some more.  To return books early….

    KINDLE format books –Login to your Amazon account and go to “Manage Your Content and Devices”. Find the book you wish to return, and from the “Actions” dropdown menu choose “Return”. (Note: “Delete” will take the book off your Amazon account but WILL NOT return it to the library.)

    Overdrive EPUB format books – from the Overdrive App, Touch & Hold the book jacket of the title you will to return. When the options come up, choose to “Return” the book.

    axis360 books – From Checkout, on the far right of the book you want to return, you will tap the “more” symbol, or swipe (depending on your device) to see a Return option.

    HOW CAN I CHECK MY ACCOUNT INFORMATION?
    alliance accountDigital Account Information (what you have checked out, due dates, etc.) is  held with Alliance Digital Media Library. Connect to them easily from our home page (Download eBooks) , from the Overdrive App (Library) or use the Account icon on this page.  Bookshelf shows books and due dates, Settings contains defaults for length of book check out.  For safety, library card number and PIN are required to access your account information.
    WHY DO I NEED AMAZON and ADOBE ACCOUNTS?
    ADOBE –  MP3 audiobooks require the Adobe Digital Editions software.  The software is free.  Adobe requires an ID (account setup) and this ID is then registered on  your device. The registration is done ONE TIME ONLY as a step in setting up the Audiobook lending information.

    AMAZON – eBooks in the Kindle format are managed through Amazon. Kindles and Kindle Fires must have an Amazon account to download books designated as Kindle books.  Some non-Kindle devices can read Kindle format books through the use of the Kindle App.  The Kindle App requires an Amazon account as well.

    Kindle Fire users can download EPUB books  through the Overdrive App.  Because these books are NOT Kindle books, they do not require an Amazon account, although they play on a Kindle device.

    ARE THERE OTHER FREE EBOOK SOURCES?
    We recommend  these free sites:

    Popup Picks – A digital collaboration between publishers, distributors, library consortia, reviewers and librarians. representing hundreds of the world’s top independent publishers.  In addition to new materials, you will find many of the classics.  No account or library card is required;  apps for mobile devices are available from the bottom of the home page.

    Project Gutenberg has over 36,000 FREE classic eBooks ready to download to your PC, Kindle, Nook, Android or other device. Visit www.gutenberg.org to browse titles. This is an independent site, so no library card is required.

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