eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, & eMagazines
The Library offers ebooks, emagazines, and downloadable eaudiobooks from three vendors: Cloud Library (ebooks and eaudiobooks), RBDigital (ebook, eaudiobooks and emagazines), and Tumblebooks (animated, talking picture books). Specifics for each are included below. eBooks and eAudiobooks “check out” like regular library materials. You borrow them for a period of time, often 21 days, but digital items don’t accumulate overdue fees—when they are due back, they simply leave your device and become available for the next interested patron. Some eBooks can be renewed if no-one else has reserved them.
Once downloaded, eMagazines are yours to keep.
Checking out e-books and e-audio books with Cloud Library & Polaris couldn’t be easier! Be sure to choose “Illinois Heartland Library System” as your library.
Step One: Download the app for your device and log into your library account. You can find links to all of the apps at yourcloudlibrary.com.
Step Two: Log in by selecting Illinois Heartland Library System as your library and entering your library card number and pin.
Step Three: Browse the collection, check out a book, or place a hold.
Step Four: Enjoy the Cloud Library!
OneClickdigital, Zinio for Libraries, and Transparent Language Online have combined into RBDigital, an app that will allow you to checkout, listen, and read all your titles from the same platform.
RBdigital puts the best entertainment, information, and education at your fingertips. Whether you’re on the go or at home, RBdigital delivers your favorite titles right to your smartphone or tablet. It’s never been easier to access the best digital media from your library’s collection. Download now to listen, read, learn, and enjoy!
Be sure to choose “Illinois Heartland Library System” as your library.
If you have any questions about the new app, you can ask a library staff member, call 452-6238 ext 730, or contact RBdigital support directly at [email protected]
Comics Plus: Library Edition
Comics Plus: Library Edition brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device.
View titles through your Web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
Check out and read titles through iOS and Android Mobile Apps.
Browse by genre, publisher, and comic — then instantly check out your favorites.
Access comics whenever you want them — no holds or waiting.
ComicsPlus: Library Edition Overview Video
BiblioBoard provides an ebook collection of local indie authors. Browse the collection of mysteries, romances, science fiction, memoirs, and more with no wait or check out period! Download the app or visit Biblioboard Library.
AudioBookCloud: Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language audiobooks!
Tumblebooks Library: Calling all Kids! Enjoy storybooks, read-alongs and language learning with full animation. Tumblebooks contains hundreds of animated stories that have music, sound
and narration. Users can choose to read the text or have the stories read to them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Referrals to Other Websites for Finding, Downloading, Borrowing, Renting, and Purchasing eBooks (eFormats)
Internet Archive: The Internet Archive offers over 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account. (http://archive.org/details.php?identifier=texts)
Project Gutenberg: Resource for both education and enjoyment – it’s a resource of over 58,000 free eBooks, with a focus on classics and books within the public domain, that have been digitized and proofread by volunteers. There’s no app or registration required. (https://www.gutenberg.org/)
Open Culture eBooks: Download 800 free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smart phone or ereader. Collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including works by Asimov, Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf & James Joyce. (http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks)
Open Culture eAudioBooks: Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you’ll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more. (http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks)