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What are Audiobooks?

As the name would suggest, audiobooks are voice recordings that you can listen to rather than reading the text of a book or other type of publication. Audiobooks can be an exact word-for-word version of a book or a shortened (abridged) recording.

An electronic book (variously: e-book, eBook, e-Book, ebook, digital book, or even e-edition) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on computers or other electronic devices. Although sometimes defined as "an electronic version of a printed book", many e-books exist without any printed equivalent. E-books are usually intended to be read on dedicated e-book readers, however, almost any sophisticated electronic device that features a controllable viewing screen, including computers, many mobile phones, and all smartphones can also be used to read e-books.

Did you know?

Even though the availability of audiobooks in a digital form is relatively new when compared to older audio technologies, the origins of audiobooks actually date back as far as the 1930s. They were often used as an educational medium and were found in schools and libraries. Before audiobooks were available digitally, talking books, as they were often referred to, were sold in physical form on analog cassette tapes and vinyl records.

How do I use eBooks?

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cloudLibrary makes it easy to discover the content you want to read.  Whether on the web, a tablet, your mobile device, or your library's discovery terminal, you can browse digital shelves curated by your library or filtering by genres that interst you.
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Biblioboard Icon

Visit Biblioboard. Biblioboard features content from a variety of topics, featuring local, independent authors from California and Riverside County specifically. Authors can use our Pressbooks platform to create and upload eBooks, and upon review, may be featured in this collection, the California collection, and possibly nationally. All content is available for unlimited, simultaneous use.

Enki - Biblioboard

Visit Enki - Biblioboard.  Califa has partnered with Bibliolabs to launch enki California Digital Library, a free ebook library available to every person in California.



Enki - Open Access

Visit Enki - Open Access. New always-available collections: Encyclopedias; Recovered Classics; Short Stories & Essays; Library Journal SELF-e Select: a best-of self-published collection!



Libby (Overdrive)

Visit Libby to download a growing collection of eAudiobooks and eBooks that can be downloaded directly to your home computer.

Use Libby for the following services

  • Comics
  • Overdrive
  • rb digital
  • Zinio


Visit TumbleBooks Here. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Tumblebook library takes existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an eletronic picture book. You can read it, or have it read to you.
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