Free ebooks and audiobooks to borrow online from your library
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Free ebooks and audiobooks to borrow online from your library

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Found 27th Jan 2013
Many libraries have signed up with Overdrive to provide online lending of ebooks and audiobooks. Apps available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Windows and Mac.

All you need is a library card and an Adobe online account (both free).

You can search the list of libraries to see if yours is signed up here:

search.overdrive.com/

Or browse the full list here:

search.overdrive.com/Sea…=gb

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Well done op.

That is good .

Looks good - have some heat

Excellent thanks a lot. I listen to loads of audiobooks when travelling in the car and they usually cost between £5 and £15 from the iTunes. Heat added.

Brilliant stuff CJ.have some heat

Already knew about this but I know alot of people don`t realise you can do this. For people who have bought a Kindle Fire Hd over xmas you can get the overdrive app on that, which is what I use it on and it works great.

Voted hot from me

I signed up for this a while back but my local library have a terrible selection of ebooks and the surrounding shires, who have a deal with the city to share access, isn't that much better,

Can't figure out how to use this? Any help or you tube video

Original Poster

So the basic steps are:

1) download the overdrive app on your device
1)a) it will ask you to setup an adobe account and guide you through
2) go to the 'get books' menu
3) select 'add library'
4) select your local library, I'd suggest using browse libraries as search isn't brill
5) press the star next to your library to bookmark for later
6) select your library
7) browse away, you'll need to log into the library page probably with your lib card number.
download any available book / audiobook you like

Hope that helps
Edited by: "CJ.UK" 27th Jan 2013

thanks OP heat added.

none of my local library are on the in fact none from the south east of england

Original Poster

Not sure if you're in a similar part of the world to me cambourne but I live in Woking and all Surrey libraries are covered by 'Surrey County Council' (so no specific Woking entry).

All of our nearby branches are covered by Suffolk County Council so may be worth checking under the name of the county you are in.

Benibaby32

Already knew about this but I know alot of people don`t realise you can … Already knew about this but I know alot of people don`t realise you can do this. For people who have bought a Kindle Fire Hd over xmas you can get the overdrive app on that, which is what I use it on and it works great. Voted hot from me


how do you get it on kindle? I can only find a link to the US website and on the overdrive site it says kindle is US libraries only. thanks.

its a great idea but my library area (northern ireland) has about 4 books worth reading, which is a pity as their selection in the library is superb.
maybe an issue with online rights or something?
hopefully as it gets more popular more books will be added.

Local Libraries... what are they then? I thought the ConDem book burners had closed them all down.

Thanks

Thanks London has about 30 books, not loads but worth keeping an eye on. Thanks op heat added

Shame amazon don't let the kindle device do this ^_^

cambourne7

none of my local library are on the in fact none from the south east of … none of my local library are on the in fact none from the south east of england



Im from Kent and all kent county councils support this as most of the London Boroughs, i got account will Maidstone Library, Wimbeldon and Wansworth all use this service.

Pixam

Shame amazon don't let the kindle device do this ^_^


I expect Amazon would allow it. The issue is that Overdrive does not support Kindle e-Readers in the UK but they do in the USA.

Brilliant apart from the fact that not a single library is listed near me. Indeed, in the list of 'areas' of the UK, 'North East' doesn't even feature! Wow, first time I've seen us wiped off the map.

Croydon Libraries have this service. Not a huge range, but if the downloads are free

I live in rural Scotland - on the subject of ebooks, my local library doesn't know what I'm talking about.

In any case, aren't libraries completely missing the point? These are digital files - why is the whole thing affected by geography? I don't have a library card - why should I need to go to a library (mine's not close and not worth the travel) to enroll in an online service? In fact why do we need more than one online service and one enrollment process in the UK? Has the whole point of digital files via the internet been lost here?
Edited by: "pixwix" 29th Jan 2013

Banned

nice

Leicester Libraries support this and have a good selection of books.
Well done OP for letting more people know about it. A superb service and much easier and more convenient than borrowing books and having to remember to return them on time, or face a huge fine.

thanksyou(_;)

Got the ISBN for a fiction book I want off Amazon. The Overdrive search doesn't find it, but offers me loads totally unrelated books. Some of them non-fiction. tried the author search and found a special edition but couldn't get any further as I got the message 'We apologize, but this website is currently down for maintenance. Please check back soon.'

Thanks for this, have added app on my iphone but looks like nothing in my area (Basingstoke, Hampshire). There is nothing listed under bookstore or library, looks like mostly working in UK, what a shame. If I put Hampshire in, it comes up with USA :-(

Hmmm. West Midlands has 2 "libraries" listed and both of them are schools...

funkymonkey1150
If you go to the Browse for Libraries tab below the search bar.then select Greart Britain, then England and then select Hampshire Digital Library. I think this covers all Hampshire libraries as this is the one I use and I am in Alton.
Hope this helps:)

Just worth pointing out, given there will be quite a few PlayBook owners, here - this app is available from the App store for the PlayBook (free).

Excellent post. Will let my oldies know about this, they'll love it.

My local library isn't listed... then I remembered that when I visited Birmingham, and called in at the Central Library just to get a voucher printed. They insisted I first joined the library - taking my local library card to validate me. And that membership is still good - not many audiobooks,listed for Brum, but it may grow.
I'd also joined Libraries in Blackpool and Torquay (so that I could use their wifi) - both were happy to give me membership despite not being a local resident, but I think I opted just for a month's membership. Could have had years!
So now I'll be joining the local library anywhere I go
Edited by: "Offalot" 29th Jan 2013

Staffordshire Libraries offer the same service but they don't use overdrive to power the ebook service, so it won't show up in the OP's list Staffordshire Libraries Ebook Service

For those struggling, every library that offers them has a step by step instructions page on how to download them

cambourne7

none of my local library are on the in fact none from the south east of … none of my local library are on the in fact none from the south east of england



Enfield, Holbourn, Highgate, Kilburn , Lewes, just what I spotted after a quick glance

Not a single welsh library listed

cambourne7

none of my local library are on the in fact none from the south east of … none of my local library are on the in fact none from the south east of england


I won't bother looking for Brighton then.

I do know my local library does do ebook lending however (I don't have an ereader yet) so I guess there are other services available.

great tip. many thanks
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