Books & Reading

Books for the Visually Impaired

  • Independence for the Blind of West Florida: Independence for the Blind of West Florida is the only nonprofit entirely devoted to educating the blind and visually impaired in West Florida. Contains a link to a form to apply for services from Independence for the Blind.
  • Talking Books: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: Talking Books is a free library service available to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page. Local cooperating libraries throughout the United States mail NLS audiobooks, magazines, and audio equipment directly to enrollees at no cost. Braille books and magazines are also available to patrons at no cost.

Free eAudiobooks & eBooks

  • ComicsPlus Children's Library: Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; on your computer, tablet, or phone. No holds. No wait lists. No limits. ComicsPlus Childrens Library contains content appropriate for children 12 and under.
  • ComicsPlusTeen Library: Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; on your computer, tablet, or phone. No holds. No wait lists. No limits. ComicsPlus Teen Library contains content appropriate for ages 13 - 16. Teens also have access to content from the Children's Library.
  • ComicsPlus Library: Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; on your computer, tablet, or phone. No holds. No wait lists. No limits. The full ComicsPlus Library can be accessed by ages 17 and older.
  • Gale eBooks: Explore this database of encyclopedias and reference sources within the Gale eBooks platform. For multidisciplinary research.
  • hoopla: hoopla is your ticket to streaming eAudiobooks, eBooks, comics, movies, music, and television. Use your library card number and pin to get started.
  • Libby/OverDrive: Downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines--read and listen on your PC with OverDrive or on your device with the Libby app. OverDrive has titles for teens and adults.
  • Teen Book Cloud (Library Resource): TeenBookCloud is an online collection of read-along titles for middle school and high school students which features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. The collection features chapter books, YA/Teen Novels, graphic novels, plus classic literature and more. For 7th - 12th graders
  • TumbleBooks for Kids (Library Resource): TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. For K- 6th graders.
  • Florida Electronic Library: The Florida Electronic Library provides a selection of non-fiction eBooks for all ages.
  • LibriVox: LibriVox is an online digital library of free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers.
  • Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free eBooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. These eBooks are free in the United States because their copyright has expired.

Literature

  • Gale Literature - LitFinder: Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

Newspapers & Magazines

  • Florida Newspaper Database: Full Text journals with a focus on the State of Florida.
  • Gale OneFile - Popular Magazines: Access the most searched magazines across Gale OneFile focusing on current events, sports, science, and health issues.
  • OverDrive: Downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines--read and listen on your PC with OverDrive or on your device with the Libby app. OverDrive has titles for teens and adults.

Reader's Advisory

Adults

  • Dear Reader Online Book Club (Library Resource): Join our Online Book Clubs. Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters. Every Monday we start new books. Sign up and start reading.
  • Select Reads Newsletters (Library Resource): Sign up for monthly book newsletters featuring your favorite genre. Discover award-winning and bestselling books and preview our monthly book newsletters.
  • Gale Books and Authors: Answer the age-old question, “What do I read next?” Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.
  • Fantastic Fiction: Includes bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books, including cover picture, description and publication details.
  • FictionDB: Looking for a great book? FictionDB is the best place to start. Here you will find simple lists of books in publication order by author and chronological order by series. You can also search our extensive fiction database using a wide variety of criteria. Easily find books where you don't remember the title.
  • Stop You're Killing Me (Mystery Books): Here's a site to die for...if you love mystery books! Stop, You're Killing Me! has title lists of your favorite mystery authors and series characters.

Kids

  • DogoBooks: Read book reviews written by kids for thousands of kids books. Follow reviewers, track the books you like, rate books, write your own book review, and more!
  • Kids @ Read.gov: The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.
  • Scholastic Book Wizard: Find the right books by reading level, grade level, lexile level, and more.

Teens

  • Epic Reads: Your destination for all things about teen books.
  • GoodReads for Teens: Book recommendations for teens.
  • Teen Ink: A national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums.
  • Teens @ Read.gov: Read.gov encourages everyone to discover the world of books. Here you'll find a variety of free teen reading resources to explore and enjoy.
  • Teens' Top Ten: The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Provided by the Young Adult Library Services Association.