Listed below are some resources that may make your eBook experience more productive and enjoyable.  Resources available to authorized Navarro College users (on or off campus).


Sanchez Library has twelve Nooks available for check-out. These Nooks are single-function devices configured so that only free eBooks can be downloaded to them. (They are not for surfing the web, playing games, watching videos, or listening to music.) You can find free eBooks in the NC Libraries’ EBSCO eBooks collection or through other sources listed below.


Nooks may be checked out for up to three weeks. It is very important that when you return the Nook, you return it to a Sanchez Library employee at the Circulation Desk. Please do not place it in the drop box or leave it on the counter unattended. The replacement fee for a lost or damaged Nook is $99, and the replacement fee for a lost or damaged charging cord is $25. A $1 fee will be charged for each day the Nook is overdue ($10 maximum).

Both the Nook Quick Start Guide and Nook User Guide are located in each Nook’s library. In addition, the online tutorials below can help you use this device.

Online Tutorials

Click on the links below for step by step instructions on how to search for, find, and download eBooks from Navarro College library’s EBSCO eBook collection.  There are over 30,000 titles that support the curriculum at Navarro College.


Searching and Finding eBooks on EBSCOhost


Downloading eBooks on EBSCOhost

Other Sources of Free eBooks Online

There are many sites online containing free books you can download to your computer or an eBook reader such as the Nook.  Many of these are classic fiction.


Barnes and Noble  Free books for your Nook; any format but the Kindle. Even though you may see books available for purchase at this site, please note that you may only download free books.


Google Books  This is a vast, free archive of materials compiled from libraries around the country.  It includes many historical books on a range of subjects, and students in almost any field are bound to find materials of interest here.


Making of America – Cornell University.   This is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.


Epub Books  Dedicated to eBooks published in epub format.


Feedbooks  Open Publishing Distribution System; features public domain works & original works.  All formats except Kindles.


Forgotten Books   Older books of quality.


Project Gutenberg   This is the grandfather of all eBook sites.  33,000 free books in the public domain.


Project Gutenberg of Australia     Free eBooks which are in the public domain in Australia.


Many Books   There are more than 29,000 free eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders.


Online Books from University of Pennsylvania  Over 1 million eBooks.  Partner with Project Gutenberg; created and maintained by a librarian.


Open Library  Over 1,000,000 free eBook titles are available.


Calibre is a free and open source eBook library management application developed by users of eBooks for users of eBooks.  It is very useful for eBook conversions and syncing to eBook reader devices like the Nook.  For example, the Nook e-reader accepts PDF files only.  If you find an eBook in another format, Calibre can convert this to a PDF file for downloading to your Nook.  The Calibre icon can be found on the desktop of the library laptops or you can click here to download.