Free E-Books from the AVL

The Alabama Virtual Library has a collection of 325 FREE E-Books from Encyclopedia Britannica that you can use with your computer, tablet, or e-reader. Residents of Alabama do not need a username and password because AVL is now using geo-authentication access for anyone with an ISP in the state of Alabama.

To download books:
(Note:  You will need to download the iPublishCentral Reader software or app to your computer or device.)
  1. Go to 
  2. Click on Student Resources – then choose Elementary School from dropdown list
  3. Click on Britannica E-Books
  4. Choose the collection, or single e-book, you want to download 
  5. If you chose a collection, click on the single e-book you want to download
  6. Click the download symbol at the bottom of the record. You'll also see the link to iPublishCentral Reader if you haven't already downloaded it.
  7. Click on the green arrow at the bottom to download the book.
  8. Click Open in “Reader”
  9. The book appears with any others you have downloaded on a bookshelf in the iPublishCentral Reader app.
It's a great way to use high quality books in your classroom for whole group or small group instruction.  Students can also use them on their own for research projects.  That's what I plan to do with 3rd and 4th graders in the coming weeks!


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