eRead Illinois and Axis 360

Please visit the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service website at:

Thanks to a grant provided by the Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library, TBBS users now have access to eRead Illinois, a digital collection of electronic books (eBooks) and commercially recorded digital audiobooks. eRead Illinois features new releases and popular titles in adult, young adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction that may not be available in our regular collection—including some in Spanish. Although not compatible with the NLS digital player, these books can be downloaded to a patron’s own Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android devices, Kindle Fire and Fire HD/HDX tablets, Nook tablets and Kobo tablets, or Windows computer.
Every stage of eRead Illinois—finding books, checking them out, and reading them—is designed to be accessible for everyone, including those with visual disabilities. Text tools on eBooks allow the user to highlight words and adjust the font size and color scheme and might include text-to-speech or studio narration. The digital media and delivery software platforms are fully ADA-compliant and were developed in cooperation with the National Federation of the Blind to work with the leading screen-reader technologies and refreshable braille displays. 

Axis 360 App

The new all-in-one Axis 360 app eliminates the need for additional apps (such as Blio, axisReader, and Acoustik) and can be downloaded for free from the App Zone or the app store for your device.


Getting Started

Please call or email us for more information or to get your Library Card ID. 
To download the Axis 360 app, visit the app store for your device.
Browse the collection or check out books at our eRead Talking Books webpage.
Video tutorials are available on the Axis 360 YouTube Support channel:
Baker and Taylor Axis 360 Help site:
The instructions below will help you check out and read books on your device. We are happy to provide them in other formats as needed. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like assistance.

Instruction sheets: