The Wichita Public Library has offered free ebooks for years now, and recently expanded its offering to include free audiobooks as well.
You will need a library card to use the service, along with an app that you download to your phone. The library card and the app are both free.
Anyone can get a library card from WPL, although if you aren’t a Kansas resident your borrowing options will be limited. But you don’t have to live within the Wichita city limits. Library cards currently have to be obtained in person at a Wichita Public Library branch, but you can start the process online here. It’s simple enough. Just provide printed identification with your name and current address (photo ID is preferred). Kids under 18 will need an adult with them in order to get a library card.
To check out free ebook from the library, you can use the free OverDrive app or the free Kindle app for your phone. Audiobooks are available exclusively on the Libby by OverDrive app.
Libby by OverDrive is available for iPhone, Android, or Microsoft Windows.
Once you signed in to the app with your library card information, you can access all the library’s available titles. The selection is extensive, and you can check out up to 5 titles at a time for a period of 1-3 weeks. If a book is already “checked out” – i.e. all the e-copies are borrowed by other readers – you can place a hold on it and you’ll be notified when the title is available again.
The state library for Kansas also has a variety of free e-reading and audiobook resources. For these, you’ll need a Kansas Library Card. You can get a Kansas Library Card at any public library in Kansas and at school or academic libraries. The card will allow you to use a wide variety of digital materials including research databases, ebooks, audiobooks, and more.
We have many more free e-reading sources listed here on this page.