Download eBooks

Download eBooks

  1. Overdrive – with a SAILS library card – Overdrive Tutorial
  2. Freading – with a SAILS Dartmouth library card
  3. Commonwealth eBook Collections including Axis 360, Biblioboard and EBL- with a SAILS library card – Axis 360 Tutorial
  4. Download eBooks for free – no library card required

 eReader Support by Appointment at Southworth Library or Walk-in.
Call 508-999-0726 ext. 377 to schedule a one-on-one session to learn how to borrow library eBooks. Bring your device and laptop if you have one

Also find help at and the Freading FAQ


I. eBooks from OverDrive – download with a SAILS library card

Download titles to read on your Nook, Kindle, computer, iPad, iPhone, Android, or compatible eBook reader. Log in with a SAILS library card and borrow up to 6 items at a time. Titles circulate for 7, 14 or 21 days and are automatically returned wirelessly at the end of the lending period.

Borrow eBooks from Overdrive: Overdrive for Kindle & Nooks (how-to PDF)
Click Here for additional information on how to transfer to the Kindle via USB cord instead of wirelessly.

Borrow an Overdrive eBook on a mobile device (how to PDF)

II. eBooks from Freading – Download with a SAILS Dartmouth Library Card

Freading Ebooks LoginFreading offers tens of thousands of ebooks which are available anytime, anywhere. There is no download manager, and users have simultaneous access to all titles – it’s never been so easy. Log on with your Dartmouth library card today at!

Freading Overview how-to PDF

Freading on an iPad or Iphone how-to PDF

Freading on an Android Device how-to PDF

Freading on a Kindle Fire how-to PDF

III. eBooks from Commonwealth eBook Collections – Download with a SAILS library card
commonwealth ebook collectionsWith the Commonwealth eBook Collections, Massachusetts residents can access digital content for free. This new statewide eBook initiative begins with eBooks from Axis360 (Baker & Taylor), EBL, and Biblioboard. When you find the item you are looking for, simply click to download. Depending on the device you are using you may be required to download an app or other reader. You will also need your library card number and PIN.

IV. Free eBooks – no library card required

  • Project Gutenberg
    More than 33,000 free books for any eReader, mostly classics and public domain works.
  • Open Library
    An ambitious project from the Internet Archive, with a goal of creating a web page for every book ever published. For now you’ll find the classics.
  • InkMesh
    Cross-search over 30 sources for free eBooks.
  • Baen Free Library
    Science fiction and fantasy titles with lots of format options.
  • eBookFling
    Swap Kindle and Nook eBooks for 14-day loans.
  • Pixel of Ink
    Free and cheap Kindle books.
  • Feedbooks
    Download public domain and original eBooks.
  • Smashwords
    A large selection of self-published titles.
    More than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free!
    eBook Guides and Cheat Sheets on Many Topics