Text by Jonathan Waltmire, Annie Mitchel History Room Librarian

The holidays have come and gone, and there is a good chance that a tablet and e-reader may be found among the number of items gifted to loved ones this year.

While there seems to be an ongoing discussion about preferences toward print books or e-books, Tulare County Library provides both. For those who received an e-reader such as an Amazon Kindle, iPad or Android tablet for the holidays, here are some suggestions on where to find good reads for your new device, which are free to Tulare County Library card holders in good standing.

OverDrive: The new Libby app by OverDrive can be downloaded to Kindle, iPad and Android tablets, and your smartphones. The library purchases electronic copies by many popular authors that can easily be checked out like a physical book and downloaded as an electronic copy. Tulare County Library currently has more than 13,000 e-books and e-audiobooks available to check out. Patrons may borrow up to 10 e-books for up to three weeks with easy renewing, and the items return automatically when due.

Enki: The Enki elibrary has more than 70,000 e-books, including popular fiction, modern nonfiction, independent writers, children’s and YA, travel and even graphic novels. If you are looking to understand your new iPad or tablet, you’ll find many technology help books here.

cloudLibrary: Available to anyone with a card from any San Joaquin Valley Library, cloudLibrary has more than 3,000 eBooks and e-audiobooks, with new selections added every two weeks. cloudLibrary even has a children’s Spanish language collection. 

Project Gutenberg: Looking to read a classic Jules Verne tale? Project Gutenberg provides more than 57,000 free e-classics that are in the public domain and can be downloaded to your e-reader. These are free to anyone, even if you don’t have a library card.

The Tulare County Library serves all of the residents of Tulare County with locations in 17 communities, four book machines, and online at www.tularecountylibrary.org, Twitter, and Facebook.