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Torrance Public Library E-books!

You can now return ebooks at anytime using Blio!

Electronic books are now available to Torrance Public Library cardholders, through the Library's new ebook portal

Once they've downloaded the Blio or axisReader software, card holders can use their library cards to check out e-books for up to three weeks through the Axis 360 service. The e-books will run on iOS, Android, Windows tablets and smartphones and tablets (including iPads, iPhones, and Nook tablets), PCs, Kindle Fires. Clicking on the Axis 360 E-books icon on the Library's website links readers to the Magic Wall, which displays titles for all ages, from color picture books for children to books for young adults to fiction and nonfiction for adults. Readers can browse by subject or audience, read book reviews, and consider recommendations for further reading.

his new service is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Torrance Library.

For detailed instructions for iOS Devices and AndroidT Devices click here! and for Kindle® Fire & Fire HD click here!

The Lodi Public Library created an instructional video on Blio and Axis360 that does a great job of explaining how to use Blio. The video can be accessed here!

You may borrow up to 4 eBooks at a time. Minimum loan period is 1 day; maximum is 21 days. You can return books early.

Using Blio, books can be returned before their due date and you may check books out for shorter periods of time.  If you choose the "Add to Checkout List" option instead of the "Checkout Now" option the service will allow you to lower your checkout period to as few as one day.

Using axisReader, you can return books at anytime. Follow these instructions to return your selections early:  Early Return for ebooks from Axis 360

At this time, the service is not compatible with the original Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Sony, or Nook devices. The service is also not compatible with Macbook or iMac devices.

Step 1: Download and install the Blio or axisReader App 

To download eBooks from the library, you first need to download either the Blio reader or axisReader application onto your computer or device, create an ID & password, and then check out the eBooks from Axis360. You can download by clicking on get the App on the TPL Axis 360 site and selecting your device, or find your device below and follow the directions. You must have a card issued by the Torrance Public Library to borrow ebooks via Axis 360.

Getting Started Using eBooks on an iOS Device with Axis 360

Getting Started Using eBooks on an Android Device and Nook tablets (not the Nook readers or Nook Color) with Axis 360. 

Getting Started Using eBooks on a Kindle Fire HD with Axis 360

Getting Started Using eBooks on a Kindle Fire (nonHD) with Axis 360

Step 2: Download eBooks from Axis360

1. Go to
2. Select eBook title, click on book cover and then on one of the following options:

# Checkout Now: Check out the book immediately. This option results in an automatic checkout period of 21 days.
# Add to Checkout List: Use this option if you want to select more than one book, or if you would like to select a loan period of between 3 and 21 days.
# Add to Wish List: Use this to save titles that you want to remember, but don't plan to check out immediately.
# Place on Hold: This option will appear if a book is checked out to another user. Select it to place yourself on the list for the next available copy. You will be prompted to enter your email address so that you can be notified when your book arrives. Titles will be held for 3 days.

3. If you have created a Checkout List, click on Shopping Cart (top right) and slide bar to select loan period.
4. Click Confirm Checkout
5. Complete Axis360 user profile (1st time only)
6. Enter your library card & PIN numbers (same as used to log in to your library account), and then click Login
7. Enter your Blio ID & password, and click Login
8. Click OK (the title will be delivered to your device)
9. To read, open Blio reader on your device
10. To sync title, tap Book Archive (Android), or Get Books (iPad);


Additional e-book and e-reader information


All About E-Readers 
eReaders come in a variety of forms. They can be devices designed specifically for eBooks and other digital content, or software applications used on computers and smartphones. All are innovative in the same way - by giving users access to full-length electronic texts. This guide helps you understand the major platforms.

The following websites offer free eBooks or ways to borrow eBooks online.

Learning Express ebooks
Through our LearningExpress link on our website, many (200+) test prep eBooks are availablefro free with your Torrance Public Library Card. provides a search tool for discovering free ebooks and magazines to download. The site requires a membership, however there are several membership levels including a free one. The site also supports a method of self-publishing and sharing your own work online.

Google eBookstore 
Search for ebooks in a variety of formats. Downloading requires a Google account. Beyond simply searching, the eBookstore also provides a way to organize your eReader content, as well as a central place to access your downloads from anywhere. Browse free ebooks by clicking on the "Best of Free" section from the main page.

Inkmesh is a search engine for eBooks that covers multiple sites including, Barnes & Noble, the Internet Archive,, Project Gutenberg, Sony eBook store, and many more. You can search for free eBooks, compare prices of those for sale, or browse by subject.

Internet Archive 
With over 2,500,000 items and counting, the Internet Archive Text Archive has a variety of fiction, children's books, and historical works that are either out of copyright, or have a Creative Commons license. View titles online or download for eReader devices or applications. All content is free.

MobileRead Wiki - EBook Lending Libraries 
This page is maintained by a community of users and provides a list of sites where you can find eBooks to borrow. You will also find information on online eBook stores and how to find free eBooks.

Lending Library from Open Library 
Borrowing requires free membership and a user profile. Open Library is an online cataloguing initiative linked with the Internet Archive, and together they have partnered with Overdrive to provide a searchable online eBook lending library.

Project Gutenberg 
The first collection of free eBooks for download online. Find eBooks in a variety of formats. No fee or membership is required.

Modern English Collection 
Features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from 1500 to the present.

Just Free Books 
JustFreeBooks searches the content of more than 700 web sites, including, and With JustFreeBooks you can find all sorts of free books: public domain texts, open books, free audio books, ad-supported books and more. Just type in the search box the book title, author or theme you want to find.

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts 
A collection of public domain documents from American and English literature, as well as Western philosophy.

English Server 
Features e-texts mainly in the humanities.

Internet Public Library - Reading Room 
Online books, newspapers and magazines from around the world.

Perseus Digital Library 
A digital library focused primarily on humanities topics, such as English Renaissance literature and Classical literature.

Online Books Page 
Find over 20,000 free e-books by author, title or subject.

Revised: 03/05/12