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Torrance Public Library E-books

Your access to Axis 360 ebooks from the Torrance Public Library just got better and easier!
Download the Axis 360 for Libraries app, available for iPad, iPhone and Android. Don't have a mobile device or tablet? Read Axis 360 ebooks instantly on your desktop PC or Mac.
You also have access to an expanded list features in the app where you can browse, checkout, read or listen - all in one app. It's easier to find your title or discover a hidden jewel, now more than ever with the use of filters and search options!
Unfamiliar with Axis 360? Check it out and log in with your library ID and pin to begin checking out e-books today! No need to create a separate login, just start reading or listening in 3 steps or less.
Happy Reading!

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


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