eBooks on the ipod touch


Do you love reading ebooks? You’re not alone. This Infographic by Hiptype talks about the reading habits of men and women, the average length of best sellers and how long it takes a reader to finish a book.

In this module, we’ll explore how to add the necessary software and register for the required accounts on your desktop and ipod so you can use ebrary, the ebook service available at your library. The main focus of this module will be the on-line environment where there’s a seamless interface on the ipod. Other options and off-line reading will be explored in the Additional Resources section.


Reading books on the go is a great benefit of having a personal device like the ipod touch. There are a lot of free ebooks available to you. You can use the Rice-Aron Library ebrary service, Project Gutenberg, free Nook books from Barnes & Noble, and more. Most of these resources have mobile apps that you can use on your device. You also might be interested in loaning & borrowing eBooks through these services: Lendle, BookLending, eBookFling, LendInk, BookFriendMe or more.


Ebrary: The most difficult part of the process will be getting set up but you only have to do it once, then your ebooks will be delivered straight to your ipods for immediate reading. For one-stop shopping, follow the directions in the Marlboro College Library Guide  to accomplish the next steps.

Step 1: Create an ebrary account on your computer.

Step 2: Install Adobe Digital Editions and get an Adobe id. You must do this to use the mobile app and to download books for off-line reading.

Step 3: Download the ebrary app to your ipod touch.


Step 4: Sign in to your mobile app using your Adobe id and your personal ebrary account information.

Now the fun begins. Open your ebrary mobile app on your ipod touch and explore searching options. Read a book. Tap your screen to see the options for downloads, online search, read and settings.

Do you see the option to download and return your book? Can you find the “button” that will provide the ISBN, expiration date, and other information about the book? Do you see where to click to navigate directly to the Table of Contents?

Explore your options.

Additional Resources

Online Ebrary courses are offered as webinars if you’re interested.

You’ll find that there are many websites that offer ebooks. Some of them offer free books and others charge per title. Be aware that some websites say the books are free but actually only provide a sample of the entire book.

Project Gutenberg is one of the first websites to make non-copyright materials available at no cost. This project is built by volunteers and some of the pages are not high quality.  The fastest way to get these ebooks onto your iOS device is to navigate to http://m.gutenberg.org using the built-in browser.

Download the EPUB format then open it in an application like the Bluefire Reader App or others. More options are available so you can customize your device with the app that works best for you.

Barnes & Noble also offers a Nook mobile app. Simply go to the App Store on your device and install Nook. Similar to the ebrary app, you must have a Barnes & Noble account before using this app. With the Nook app, you have access to free ebooks, samples of new releases and newstand titles free for 14 days. Give it a try.

Off-line Reading

Ebrary: The ebrary app offers new functionality that makes downloading titles for later off-line viewing a breeze. While in the Reading Mode, touch the middle of the screen to see the Download option on the bottom, right-hand side of the screen. It’s simple!

Unfortunately, some books aren’t available for downloading and you’ll see this pop-up message as an indicator:

Another nice feature is the ability to return a book when you’re finished with it. Like the download feature, simply touch the center of the screen while in the Reading Mode of a downloaded book. You’ll see the Return option in the bottom, right side of the screen.

Nook Users: for a great video on searching ebrary, downloading relevant software and transferring the ebook to a Nook, watch this video:


Don’t forget to blog about your discoveries. Share your thoughts on:

  • What you liked or disliked.
  • How likely you are to continue using this tool.
  • How do you feel about the process of registering for accounts and downloading software? Is it worth the initial trouble?
  • How you feel about reading books on the small screen of the ipod?
This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012 (LIBR 281-14). This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Tina Winstead for Rice-Aron Library, Marlboro College. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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