The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System offers eBooks free of charge through OverDrive to all North Country residents with a library card from any member public library. The eBook collection can be accessed  by clicking on the blue graphic below.

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For help using the ebooks, try the handy tutorials below, or access the Help section of the Overdrive website.

If you have any questions about using this service, or would like help with it, please contact us at info2@cefls.org, or call Betsy or David at CEFLS during business hours (518-563-5190).

Where Else can I Get Free Ebooks for My Ebook Reader?

Adapted from a publication produced by the Carnegie Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa

Also, see below for a few local history Ebooks in our collection.


We have put together a list of websites where you may download e-books for free.
Many of these sites can also be used for Nooks, Kobo and Sony Readers, as well as simply
reading on your PC. There are several different types of formats available, such as: ePub,
PDF, HTML, Mobipocket, and Txt. You will need to check to see if your device can read the
particular format.

Hongkiat.com has a blog post listing the twenty best websites for free e-books. The blog also
added another 16 extra listings. The post was updated about a year ago and a second set of
websites can be found here.


Here is a partial list of the sites where you can download free e-books, with
information from each website.

“Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free e-books to read
on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. "

Over 1 million free ebooks are available. The site also locates physical titles to borrow or purchase.

“Read nearly 3 million free e-books and hundreds of thousands of titles that are ready for
purchase; you can read all of your favorite books using just about any device with an Internet
connection.” Nooks and Sony Readers are supported, but not Kindles. Once you do a search, you can limit the results to “free only” if you want.

Claims to have thousands of free e-books, but only about 100 or so are listed. Can be used
on iPad, iPhone, Android, NOOK, and PC.

“There are more than 29,000 e-books available here and they're all free!”

“Listing over 900,000 free books on the Web.”

Look on the left under Special Features/Free E-Book collections. “Free classics and out-of copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited-time free promotional e-books available for Kindle.”

“Discover Great E-books from Indie authors and publishers.”

A selection of over 300 free ebooks is available.

“The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books,
children's books, historical texts and academic books.”


(from http://ebookreaderguide.co.uk/a-guide-to-ebook-formats-50.html)

EPUB – The new industry-standard reflowable format. Supported by almost all the new Readers, excluding the Amazon Kindle, as well as by desktop software that you can run on your PC or Mac. The ‘reflowable’ part means that it’s not tied to any particular page size/line length but rather, the text will reflow without odd lines appearing if the user wants to change to a different font size to read with. EBUB books are available from most device-independent stores, e.g. WHSmith, Waterstones, BooksOnBoard, Fictionwise, etc.

PDF – Supported to some extent by most readers, but the problem is that this is a page-based format, which means that when the title was created, the publisher will have had to have set the expected page size of the reading device. As a result, unless the title was specifically targeted a particular screen size that matches your Reader (which is extremely rare) you should expect the title to have been created with a PC reader in mind and will appear extremely small on an eBook Reader. They will try and display the result such that it’s readable, but it’s normally worth trying to avoid this format if at all possible.
MobiPocket – This is a very common format and is readable on a wide range of devices, including many SmartPhones, but appears to be being superseded by the EPUB format. The Cybook and the Illiad Readers use this as their ‘native’ format’.

BBEB – This is one of the Sony Reader’s ‘native’ formats, which they support in parallel with EPUB. This is also known as LRF/LRX formats, but while it’s not completely superseded, most eBook sources will now be using EPUB instead.

eReader – This is a format that used to be popular on Palm handheld devices but should not be confused with anything for the modern generations of eBook Readers – it won’t display on them!

AZW – This is the Kindle format, which is only displayable on a Kindle (although there is an announcement that there will be a “Kindle for PC” desktop application available in the future). Only available from the Amazon Store.

Stories on Adirondack History & Historic Preservation by Lee Manchester

Below are ebooks made available for free by reporter Lee Manchester, who wrote extensively on Adirondack history and historic preservation issues for the Lake Placid News.

Lee has edited the collected historic works of Mary MacKenzie, renowned local historian who died in 2003, publishing them as The Plains of Abraham: A History of North Elba and Lake Placid (Utica, N.Y.: Nicholas K. Burns Publishing, 2007). He has also published two books: Adventures in the New Wilderness, and Adirondack Heritage: Travels Through Time in New York's North Country. Lee is currently the media relations director for Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y.

Below are the ebook versions of his published works of local history. They are mainly in PDF format, with the exception of the three graphic supplements for Tales of the Deserted Village, which are in Microsoft Powerpoint format.  They are made available here with Lee Manchester's permission and the permission of the Lake Placid Public Library.  They are also available through the online "storefronts" at lulu.com:

Print versions of the material available on these sites can be ordered at cost.  The only exception to this is Mary MacKenzie's The Plains of Abraham: A History of Lake Placid and North Elba; royalties for print copies of "Plains" go to the Lake Placid Public Library, which maintains the Mary MacKenzie Historic Archives.  

Plains of Abraham: a history of North Elba and Lake Placid, Collected writings of Mary MacKenzie

Main Street Lake Placid, Part 1, by Mary MacKenzie, Lee Manchester and Janet Null

Main Street Lake Placid, Part 2, by Mary MacKenzie, Lee Manchester and Janet Null

Photos from the Plains of Abraham, Part 1, by Mary MacKenzie

Photos from the Plains of Abraham, Part 2, by Mary MacKenzie

The Secret Poems of Mary C. Landon, by Mary Landon Mackenzie

More from the Plains of Abraham, by Mary MacKenzie

Lake Placid Club, 1890-2002, by Lee Manchester

Adirondack Heritage, by Lee Manchester

Adventures in the New Wilderness, by Lee Manchester

Annals of the Deserted Village, Part 1, by Lee Manchester

Annals of the Deserted Village, Part 2, by Lee Manchester

Tales from the Deserted Village, by Lee Manchester

Tales from the Deserted Village, Graphic Supplement 1, by Lee Manchester

Tales from the Deserted Village, Graphic Supplement 2, by Lee Manchester

Tales from the Deserted Village, Graphic Supplement 3, by Lee Manchester


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