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Nook E-Readers Available


Interested in borrowing one of our e-readers? They can make reading ebooks more convenient and enjoyable. 

Major Ebook Collections at NCCC

All of our ebooks are available for free to NCCC students and staff.  You will find our major ebook collections below and also listed under our databases. Click on the Information icon (an "i" in a blue circle) for examples of the authors or book titles you will find in each collection.

Free Ebooks Online

The collections below include digitized works that are in the public domain. This includes classic works that are no longer under copyright restrictions. 

  • Project Gutenberg
    At Project Gutenberg you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other ereader.
  • Internet Archive
    Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.
    Provides free access to classic texts as well as contemporary reference works.
  • Open Library
    Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
  • World Digital Library
    The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
  • Girl ebooks
    Nicely formatted classic ebooks by female writers such as Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Brontes, Edith Wharton
    More than a million free ebooks available for download
  • 800+ Free ebooks compiled by Open Culture
  • Literature Project
    A smaller collection of classic works
  • Google Books
    Currently, Google Books has over 15 million searchable titles. Users are able to view some full text books depending on the publisher.


  • OverDrive
    Popular fiction and non-fiction in audiobook (and ebook) formats
  • Open Culture's List
    A list of 900 links to free audiobooks (works of literature, including poetry and plays) compiled by

Types of ebook formatting

There are several ebook formats and most devices only support a number of them. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • EPUB: A standardized format compatible with most devices, including the Nook eReaders loaned out by NCCC libraries.
  • PDF: This format was created by Adobe systems and is popular on the internet due to the variety of systems that can view them. The drawback to using PDF format on ebook readers is that lines are of a fixed length and may not display correctly.
  • AZW (a.k.a., Kindle Book): This is the format employed by Amazon to work with their Kindle eReader. AZW files are only displayable on a Kindle device.
  • MOBI: A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices. Also used on the Kindle.

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