Borrow ebooks online, free from your local library
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Borrow ebooks online, free from your local library

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More of a heads up for those that don't know.
You are able to borrow free ebooks from your library online. You must be a member of the library, but its easy to join.
Then you just log in with your library card number and pin. You need to download an app called OverDrive from the Google play store, and from within the app you can access your borrowed books. My library allows me to have 5 books at a time and I can keep them for up to 21 days.
Hope it helps some of you ereaders )

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2 local places for me (schools) I can borrow primary school books from one and science books from the other one.
Nothing from the huge main library in Grimsby

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Ellie Phant

2 local places for me (schools) I can borrow primary school books from … 2 local places for me (schools) I can borrow primary school books from one and science books from the other one. Nothing from the huge main library in Grimsby


Ive just googled Grimsby ebook library and it returned this result Your text here.
Is that not working for you?

will have a look.
Using the search on overdrive doesn't show Grimsby library, only 2 schools

That Grimsby you linked to is Canada.

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Ellie Phant

will have a look.Using the search on overdrive doesn't show Grimsby … will have a look.Using the search on overdrive doesn't show Grimsby library, only 2 schools


I assumed all libraries would have this feature available. My local has over 2,700 ebooks and im in quite a small town compared to Grimsby

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Ellie Phant

will have a look.Using the search on overdrive doesn't show Grimsby … will have a look.Using the search on overdrive doesn't show Grimsby library, only 2 schoolsThat Grimsby you linked to is Canada.


Lol, Sorry. Thats what comes from trying to help

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How about this Here

Thanks for this. I had forgotten about the free e-books and audio books. I joined Essex County Libraries to get the free e-magazines using Zinio Libraries app. Will try the apps for the E-books / audio books as well. Just need to find my library membership number. Although I popped in to join my local library to get access I think it is all managed via your county library website.

Thanks for the reminder. I had given up on mine getting this, but after checking they now have it.

Not all libraries use Overdrive but there are a number of similar offerings such as BorrowBox, OneClickDigital or CloudLibrary. Some libraries offer more than one of these, so it's worth checking your library page rather than going straight to Overdrive...

I found this useful recently for something I couldn't locate elsewhere. Apprentice Alf is also useful (consult the googles)

Cumbria libraries allow you to download epub files of e-books direct to pc where you can then transfer them to your ebook reader. no need to use app on phone. choice of e-books is rather limited.

I spoke too soon. "Amazon have strict controls over allowing 3rd party eBooks on their device and as such we are unable to offer any supported methods for reading library eBooks on an Amazon platform".
Does anybody have any workarounds for getting them on a paperwhite?

bogglebrain

I spoke too soon. "Amazon have strict controls over allowing 3rd party … I spoke too soon. "Amazon have strict controls over allowing 3rd party eBooks on their device and as such we are unable to offer any supported methods for reading library eBooks on an Amazon platform".Does anybody have any workarounds for getting them on a paperwhite?


Hmm, well if they're epub it might be possible to convert them using a program called Calibre (brilliant program, if a little fiddly) into mobi.

Then you can transfer by usb or email them into your kindle using the personal documents service.

Bear in mind I'm not sure of the legality of this. They wouldn't have a timer on or anything. It's possible Calibre couldn't/wouldn't get through the DRM if they put any on them too.

householdhorror

Hmm, well if they're epub it might be possible to convert them using a … Hmm, well if they're epub it might be possible to convert them using a program called Calibre (brilliant program, if a little fiddly) into mobi. Then you can transfer by usb or email them into your kindle using the personal documents service.Bear in mind I'm not sure of the legality of this. They wouldn't have a timer on or anything. It's possible Calibre couldn't/wouldn't get through the DRM if they put any on them too.


Ok thanks, I might try that method. The irony is I can get it on my trusty old ( in many ways obsolete) Nook HD+, but not on my mother's new paperwhite.

Thanks so much! I had saved an earlier post about this but forgot about it, just downloaded a book now that I've wanted to read for ages!

Thanks

The library is a brilliant service. Just a heads up a lot of libraries also have a section on their website where you can suggest a new book as well which is great if something new comes out that they dont have available.

My library doesn't do it.

I do this, my making my way through thrillers at the moment

Welsh library clicky

bogglebrain

I spoke too soon. "Amazon have strict controls over allowing 3rd party … I spoke too soon. "Amazon have strict controls over allowing 3rd party eBooks on their device and as such we are unable to offer any supported methods for reading library eBooks on an Amazon platform".Does anybody have any workarounds for getting them on a paperwhite?



Remember if you have a Kindle, a physical one not an app, and Prime, paid for not trials, you can borrow a book every calendar month too under the Kindle Lending Library program within the prime membership.

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Ellie Phant

will have a look.Using the search on overdrive doesn't show Grimsby … will have a look.Using the search on overdrive doesn't show Grimsby library, only 2 schools.


Just a reminder, don't search via the app. Find your local library website and search through that

gavin1

Remember if you have a Kindle, a physical one not an app, and Prime, … Remember if you have a Kindle, a physical one not an app, and Prime, paid for not trials, you can borrow a book every calendar month too under the Kindle Lending Library program within the prime membership.



Thanks, but it isn't really worth her shelling out £80ish a year for what she reads. The lack of support for a Kindle through the library scheme seems to be on a national basis from what I have read. I wouldn't recommend a kindle based on the extra costs involved in buying books for it. Let's hope Bezos has a change of heart some time soon.

FYI you are not restricted to your own library most of these will let you borrow from other libraries which are in their network using you existing membership. Some libraries will also let you join remotely. also can be used to read some magazines too.

Jefflan22

Thanks, but it isn't really worth her shelling out £80ish a year for … Thanks, but it isn't really worth her shelling out £80ish a year for what she reads. The lack of support for a Kindle through the library scheme seems to be on a national basis from what I have read. I wouldn't recommend a kindle based on the extra costs involved in buying books for it. Let's hope Bezos has a change of heart some time soon.



Your right its not, Kindle Unlimited is better value if you only want books. I was more reminding the people who do have Prime that the features available..

Will Amazon change, I doubt it, after all they are a book seller,

I swapped from Nook to Kindle as the book sellers went to the popular platform (ie Kindle) and since then Nook left UK and went to Sainsburies then Kobo and there is no store anymore so the E-readers of limited use as you can only sideload books. At least Amazon support the older devices.

gavin1

Your right its not, Kindle Unlimited is better value if you only want … Your right its not, Kindle Unlimited is better value if you only want books. I was more reminding the people who do have Prime that the features available..Will Amazon change, I doubt it, after all they are a book seller, I swapped from Nook to Kindle as the book sellers went to the popular platform (ie Kindle) and since then Nook left UK and went to Sainsburies then Kobo and there is no store anymore so the E-readers of limited use as you can only sideload books. At least Amazon support the older devices.


I guess I'm not really comparing like with like when I mentioned the NookHD+ which is a tablet rather than an E-reader. If anybody else uses one of these for reading books the Libro app works well with my local library's ebook site.

The link is broken?

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joejun4

The link is broken?


Its not a link. You have to find your own local library website (_;)
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