Learn About Options for eReading!

eRead Illinois

Highland is now part of eRead Illinois, a project sponsored by RAILS that allows
Illinois libraries to become part of an eBook Consortium using Axis 360.

What does this mean for you?
It means that Highland students and teachers now have access to a collection of eBooks you can download to your own device.

To get started, go to Highland's page at
To login, just use your school username and password.
Download the app that works for your device OR you can just go to the website and access your materials online.
Voila! Start browsing, checking out, and reading.
Stop in the Highland Learning Center for help

eBooks at Cook Library

Cook has many different services that allow you to access electronic books.

Resources for Free eBooks

Project Gutenberg:
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your mobile device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, html, and simple text formats. Project Gutenberg was the first producer of free ebooks.

Google Books:
Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books or on When they find a book with content that contains a match for the search terms it will link to your search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.

Bibliomania has thousands of e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays all of which are absolutely free. You can read the world's greatest fiction by authors such as Dickens and Joyce, Sherlock Holmes mysteries, all Shakespeare's plays, or just dip into some short stories by writers such as Mark Twain, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe.

Digilibraries: is one of biggest online eBook stores, where one can find over 20'000 eBooks. was created by readers for readers; all eBooks are absolutely FREE to download without any payments, advertisements or delays. All eBooks are in high quality.

Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviewsfrom our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they're all free!

Read Print is a free online library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. The site has over 8,000 online books by 3,500 famous authors and members can create their own personal bookshelves with ratings and reviews and join reading groups that suit their interests.

Thousands of people look for free books online everyday. This website is near the top of the search engines for "free books" so many of these people end up here. There are many different types of free books you can get online. Some sites offer free downloadable e-books, while others will ship you free books in the mail or give you credits to trade your books and textbooks with others.

23,469 Classics to Go:
OK this one is not really FREE. Free Books is the world's favorite paid book app at $0.99. Browse our handpicked collections, download any one of our 23,469 classic books instantly, and read with our fully featured ereader. On the go? We save your place automatically. We've crafted handpicked collections to make browsing a snap, and commissioned hundreds of custom covers to bring you Cover Mode. This is the world of public domain literature like never before.

Feedbooks is a digital library and cloud publishing service for both public domain and original books founded in June 2007 and based in Paris, France. The main focus of the web site is providing e-books with particularly high-quality typesetting in multiple formats, particularly EPUB, Kindle, and PDF formats.

The focus of epubBooks is to provide access to ebooks in the industry standard EPUB ebook format, which allows these titles to be read on almost any eReader. While ebook formats like PDF and Plaint Text files can also be read on these devices, they often display in a way that isn't very pleasing to the eye, often looking quite ugly, as .TXT files contain no visual formatting and PDF content doesn't reflow. As many modern eReaders utilise small screens (iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader) this can render the words small and difficult to read, but the reflowable nature of EPUB allows the words to reorganise to suit whatever screen size you're reading on.