Digital e-Books, Audiobooks, & Magazines

Whether you're looking for recreational reading or research, use your Washoe County Library card for electronic access to a world of books, audiobooks, and magazines directly from your mobile device or computer.

NEW! Flipster:
Magazines to Read Online or Download

Love great magazines but want to avoid waiting for library copies or expensive subscriptions?  Washoe County Library System has you covered with Flipster - our new digital magazine platform.

Access Flipster directly through the browser on your computer or mobile device.  You'll be able to get started reading current and back issues right away.

Need to be able to download a magazine to view offline?  Use the Flipster app for your iPad or Android tablet to save magazines for offline viewing.  Downloaded titles are available for one week (monthly titles) or three days (weekly titles), but you can always download a title again if you need more time. 

Download E-books and Audiobooks

Browse, download, and check out over 9000 e-books and audiobooks using your library card and computer or mobile device.  We are always adding new titles for your enjoyment, including fiction from the hottest bestsellers, the classics of literature, and non-fiction from all subject areas.

Use the app to download and store your e-books and audiobooks, or use your browser to access OverDrive e-books with no app required.  With OverDrive, you can select your own lending period: one-, two-, or three- week checkouts are available, and titles are automatically returned to the library.

Interactive E-books and Read-alongs for Kids

Created just for kids, the TumbleBook Library features a collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.  Early readers will also find chapter books, literacy-based games to reinforce reading experiences, and educational videos from National Geographic.

The full interactive features are available to users of computers and flash-enabled mobile deivices.  Even without flash, mobile users can enjoy read-along e-books and video content.

Magazine Articles and In-Depth Research

Enjoy access to full-text articles from thousands of publications, with citations available for thousands more.  EBSCO is the largest provider of print and digital magazines to Washoe County Library System, inlcuding our newest service, Flipster (see above).  Search for articles about specific topics, or browse an entire issue of a magazine. 

Popular titles include Consumer Reports, Time, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Skiing, Good Housekeeping, PC World, National Geographic, PeopleCosmopolitain, Prevention, Smithsonian, TransWorld Skateboarding, Real Simple, Men's Health, InStyle, Shape, Golf Digest, Field & Stream, Bicycling, and more.

Find Free Downloads Beyond the Library

Was the book you were looking for currently checked out?  Be sure to place a hold on the title and then check out these sites for free public domain downloads:

  • Project Gutenberg (e-books) - Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free e-books: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
  • Librivox (audiobooks) -  The Project Gutenberg of audiobooks.  This project's goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.
  • Loyal Books (e-books & audiobooks) - Access free, public domain e-books and audiobooks from Project Gutenberg and Librivox. Find a title you're interested in and enjoy one-stop access to all available e-book and audio formats.
  • Google Books - Public domain titles from Google's Library Project can be read online or downloaded.
  • HathiTrust - HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
  • Munseys - Collection of pulp fiction titles available in several digital formats.
  • Open Culture - The best free cultural & educational media on the web thousands of e-books, audiobooks, e-textbooks, and more.
  • Open Library - The Open Library Project's goal is one web page for every book ever published.  Read e-books in the public domain or browse the growing e-book lending library of over 200,000 titles.

Get Help 

Need assistance using these library services, or don't know how to get started?  Email a librarian for assistance, contact your branch, or visit a tech café for one-on-one assistance with your mobile device.