Free e-Books for 3 Weeks @ Warwickshire County Council
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Free e-Books for 3 Weeks @ Warwickshire County Council

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Found 28th Apr 2011
If you belong to a local library you can download e-books for a period for free. This varies though depending where you live. Some areas charge, but I think most have a free period. On mse bexster posted that you can download 10 books for three weeks for free in Kent, but the link I have given is for Warwickshire.

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My library does this but made it soooo complicated to download and sort out that I gave up! (and I've got a computing degree lol)
Edited by: "ljfx" 28th Apr 2011

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ljfx

My library does this but made it soooo complicated to download and sort … My library does this but made it soooo complicated to download and sort out that I gave up! (and I've got a computing degree lol)


That's really poor of them. You should complain to your council because the public should be able to download easily, especially those who are housebound, and use their public library services.
A lot of people don't use libraries because of the hassle of going to them, or they don't like using books that other people have used, but this service overcomes this problem.
I think this is especially good for text-books that you only want for a short time.
I wish my county allowed downloads to Kindles - I should have bought another brand.

Been around for quite a while but yeah if yours is like mine then it's not Kindle compatible which is a right pain! - However, Kindle is gaining massive popularity and I believe there's going to be some movement in the Kindle direction with time

I've been using the ebooks at Manchester Libraries for a while but the selection of titles is very poor and hasn't noticeably improved over time. Very disappointing.

Apparently you can use Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) to convert other formats into something you can read on a Kindle - not sure of the leagality of this though
Edited by: "thedon" 28th Apr 2011

thedon

Apparently you can use Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) to convert … Apparently you can use Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) to convert other formats into something you can read on a Kindle - not sure of the leagality of this though



calibre won't work with converting any files that have DRM on them. Most of the library ones have Overdrive DRM on them which Amazon in the US have just signed up with on the Kindle.

Fingers crossed the DRM Mobi's that most libraries do alongside DEM epubs will soon be available in the UK on the Kindle.

for more info see this bbc report a few days ago

bbc.co.uk/new…967
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