Downloadable audiobooks have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last year or two, driven by the public’s ownership of smartphones and tablets and also the increasing quality of recordings by well-known actors.
In order to keep up with this demand, Edinburgh Libraries now offer you access to four free downloadable audiobook services. Why so many you say? Well at the moment there is not one supplier that can provide the whole range of authors and titles so we need to go to multiple suppliers to give you as wide a choice as possible.
Not sure which service to try, well here’s a little breakdown of each service –
|Service||No. of books||Kids books too?||Strengths|
|OverDrive||914||Yes||• Can borrow ebooks from same app
• Great range of classics and up-to-date titles
• Authors inc. Lee Child, Kate Atkinson, Agatha Christie, Terry Pratchett, Irvine Welsh & George RR Martin
|BorrowBox||1611||No||• Super-easy to use app
• Current bestsellers
• Authors inc. James Paterson, Patricia Cornwall, Jodi Piccoult, Tom Clancy & Harlan Coben
|RBdigital||634||Yes||• Can borrow magazines from same app
• Some titles can be borrowed by multiple users
• Authors inc Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre & Stuart MacBride
|uLIBRARY||182||No||• Very easy to use
• New service with growing choice of British authors
• Authors inc Ann Cleeves, Quintin Jardine, Paula Hawkins, M.J.Arlidge & Katie Fforde
All these services are very easy to use – full user instructions can be found on our Your Library website or pop along to our eresources drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm in the Central Library if you need help getting started.