Celebrate Read an eBook Week!
Celebrate Read an eBook Week!
March may be known more for celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and all things green, but the first week of March is set aside to celebrate our passion for books in a digital format! For the first week of March, authors and publishers (and librarians!) work to encourage readers around the globe to give eBooks a try.
They may not have that new book smell we all love in traditional books, but eBooks feature a lot of benefits of their own.
- They’re terribly convenient – you can read them anywhere, on any digital device including your phone or computer. You can also check them out from anywhere, with no need to wait and find the time to make your way to the library’s physical location before you can get your hands on book two of a series. Just go to our website, click to read, and voilà. No need to wait to find out what happens after that dreaded cliffhanger.
- They’re easy to use! Access them anywhere, anytime. Our eBooks can be accessed through the Libby app on your phone, or online through our website. They can be read in the app, on your kindle, in a web browser, or downloaded onto your digital device. Unlike with traditional books, when you’re done reading them, they automatically ‘return’ to the library, leaving you with no chance of late fees.
- eBooks also give you the freedom to customize your reading experience. You can highlight notes, search for terms or passages, and change the font, line spacing, brightness, and word size on a page. Overdrive, the program that hosts our library eBooks, even offers the OpenDyslexic font, which features letters with a consistent weighted bottom that helps people with dyslexia distinguish individual letters!
- Lastly, eBooks tend to be more environmentally friendly than traditional books. No trees were harmed in the making of this reading experience!
Looking for the library’s eBook selection?
You can search for them in the regular library catalog, or under our Digital tab on our homepage. If you click the eBooks & eAudiobooks link in the Digital tab, it will take you to our Overdrive page where you can interact directly with your digital checkouts. If you access our collection through this link, you may notice the top of the page reads ‘Indiana Digital Download Center’. MPHPL is part of a community of libraries that all share access to their digital collections. This means that not only do you get access to the eBooks that we have purchased, but you also get access to eBooks purchased by dozens of other libraries! You’re sure to find something in our collection that you will enjoy.
To further celebrate this week, below you will find some of the many great eBooks that you have access to through MPHPL! Though we always enjoy seeing you, feel free to avoid those icy roads and enjoy our collection without ever needing to leave the cozy warmth of your home.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
When orphaned soldier Alina’s regiment is attacked, she releases a powerful magic that catapults her into the lavish world of the Grisha, her countries’ military elite. But the Grisha’s enigmatic leader thinks Alina’s gift may be the key to defeating their nation’s enemy, and as the danger mounts and Alina discovers the secrets of her past, she makes a dangerous discovery that could alter the future of their entire nation.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Zelie Adebola remembers when her country hummed with Magic. When the chance to bring magic back and strike at the monarchy that wiped out the Magi, Zelie teams up with a rogue princess and confronts dangers from both the world around her and the magic within, facing snow leoponaires, vengeful spirits, and a prince hell bent on eradicating magic for good.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
It’s 1889, and Paris hotelier and treasure hunter Severin Montagnet-Alarie is given a deal – retrieve an ancient artifact for the Order of Babel, and receive a treasure he’s never imagined: his true inheritance. With a team consisting of an engineer with a debt to pay, a historian banished from his home, a dancer with a sinister past and a brother in arms, Severin explores the dark heart of Paris and finds something that may change the course of history.
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
When Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him just before Uni, she leaves him with the tickets to their planned pre-University train trip across America. The problem? They’re booked under her name, and they can’t be transferred. When Mae sees an ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she jumps at the chance of adventure and hopes it will jump start her next film project. But what do you do when a cross-country train trip with a stranger turn from a bad idea into something more?
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdeen Dixon (called Dumplin’ by her beauty queen mother) has always had all the confidence a girl could need. But when a budding relationship shakes her confidence, she makes the most horrifying decision she can imagine – she joins the Miss Clover City Beauty Pageant. Along with other unlikely contestants, she sets out to prove that she deserves to be up there as much as any other girl. Clover City won’t know what hit it. (Now also a Netflix movie!)
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Young British lord Henry “Monty” Montague sets out on a yearlong adventure as his last hurrah before his father expects him to settle down and run their estate. With this deadline in mind, he plans to have this last hedonistic year to flirt with his best friend and crush Percy from Paris to Rome, but when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip into a harrowing manhunt, Monty begins to question everything he knows, including his relationship with Percy.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Placed in Madrid in 1957, with Spain under the rule of the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, this story follows eighteen-year-old photographer Daniel Matheson as he meets the local Ana, and discovers the lingering effects of the Spanish Civil War on the people of Spain and the darkness that can remain even once the violence is over.
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
By day, Asian-American Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the daughter of one of the richest men in Atlanta. At night, she writes an advice column as genteel Southern lady “Miss Sweetie”. But as her column broadens to challenge set ideas of race and gender, Jo faces backlash and must decide if she’s ready to leave behind her anonymity and step forward into the light.
Packed with history, this book traces the origins of the Superman character, the KKK, and how the two intersected in 1947 when the Superman radio show pitted the Man of Steel against the Ku Klux Klan.
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Using an intriguing mix of photographs and first person accounts, Fleming describes the extravagant lifestyles of the imperial family juxtaposed against the struggles and plight of Russia’s poor, and builds an intimate portrait of Russia’s last royal family and a gripping account of their downfall. (You may recognize the groundwork of the story that inspired the animated film Anastasia!)
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
In a world where almost everyone has some sort of power called a Quirk, Quirkless student Izuku Midoriya has an unlikely dream of attending the prestigious hero school U.A. and becoming a hero himself. An encounter with the Number One Hero All Might just might give him the chance to change his fate and achieve his dream of being a hero!
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Prince Sebastian of Paris has a secret life only his best friend, the brilliant dressmaker Frances, knows about– at night he roams the streets of Paris as daring fashion icon Lady Crystallia! But his secret life leaves Frances a secret too. When she dreams of greatness, how long can Frances stay quiet to protect her friend?