Join the Big Library Read!

Fancy injecting a bit of romance into your summer? Then join in with this year’s Big Library Read! It’s a romance with a twist – think Pride and Prejudice set in the American Wild West!

Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams will be available on our OverDrive site from 9-23 July for any library member to download. Read it on your own; read it with your friends; or host your own Big Library Read book group (or perhaps a hoedown would be more appropriate!).

In this love story, hearts and emotions get tangled and first impressions count. Liza Bennett has two missions in life: keep the family’s shop afloat, and ensure her shy sister finds love. Sparks fly when she meets rancher Rob Darcy at a town dance, but when she overhears him insult her, she vows to put the man out of her mind. Rob Darcy is instantly attracted to the vivacious Liza, but a lack of social graces and the promise he’s keeping ruin his chances of winning her.

Readers can join an online discussion about the book at BigLibraryRead.com. Or if you are hosting a book group there’s a list of discussion topics available too.

If you are new to OverDrive there are full user instructions available to get you started so you too can join in with the Big Library Read.

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A serial addiction

There’s only one thing better than a good book and that’s a series of good books!! Who can resist the addictive quality of finding out more about your favourite character and their further adventures. We have some truly fantastic series to follow from our downloadable Library2go services. Here’s just a few to whet your apetite!

The Chronicles of St.Mary’s by Jodi Taylor

A rip roaring ride through time – meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process. eBooks available on OverDrive.

 

Shetland Island Series by Ann Cleeves

Who would have thought Shetland was such a dangerous place to live! This bestselling series of crime novel features Detective Jimmy Perez  investigating a series of grisly murders. Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer

Read Jeffrey Archer’s tales following the rising fortunes and crises of the Clifton family through the 20th Century.
Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child

This hugely popular series features Jack Reacher, a former major in the US Army Military Police, who roams the United States investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations.
Audiobooks available on BorrowBox and further audiobooks and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall, is whisked through time from the 1940s to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series by Jacqueline Winspear

In 1929 London,  Maisie Dobbs starts her own business as a psychologist and investigator. Get hooked with this unique and gripping historical mystery series.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

The Seven Sisters is a saga of love and loss based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation. After their adoptive father dies each sister is handed a clue to their true heritage, each book tells one of the sister’s stories.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and  eBooks on OverDrive.

 

DI Helen Grace by MJ Arlidge

Read about Helen Grace, woman with a hefty caseload. A Detective Inspector, she runs the Major Incident Team and grapples with murders, rapes, trafficking and more besides.
Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and  eBooks on OverDrive.

Top ten emagazines on RBdigital

If you are not using the newly up-dated RBdigital magazine service then you should really have a go! Checking out and reading emagazines is so straight forward and we’ve a fantastic range of over 100 titles. Want to know what our most popular titles are?

No.1  New Scientist is our most popular downloadable magazine by far – what a brainy bunch you are!  If science is your thing, you’ll also find Popular Science and Astronomy magazines available too.

 

 

No.2  Hello! has been the best selling feature of newsagents each week since 1988 and covers society and celebrity news. In a similar vein we’ve also got Vanity Fair UK and Tatler.

 

 

 

No.3  Auto Express is hugely popular, perhaps indicating how much our male library users like our downloadable services. If you like cars you can also get BBC Top Gear, EVO, MCN and What Car? magazines.

 

 

No.4  Amateur Photographer is available on a weekly basis and unbelievably popular with our readers. Its just one of a suite of photography magazines available on RBdigital including Aperture, Digital Camera World and Digital SLR Photography.

 

 

No.5  BBC Good Food is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach! If its not enough to quell your desires then checkout BBC Easycook, Delicious and Olive magazines. If they have a less than desirous effect on your waistline then there’s always Weight Watchers magazine too!

 

 

No.6  Webuser is just one of the many computing and technology magazines that are available on RBdigital. Also available are .net, Android Adviser, Apple Magazine, Computer Shopper, Focus, iPad & iPhone User, Mac World, PC Gamer, PC Pro, Stuff and Wired.

 

 

No.7  Grazia brings you celebrity news with thought-provoking, real-life features and fashion.  Why not also browse through Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and Red.

 

 

 

No.8  Good Housekeeping – a British classic and still going strong, reaching no. 8 in our most popular magazines. For more women’s classic magazines reach for Woman, Woman’s Own,Woman’s Weekly and Woman & Home.

 

 

No.9  Heat – its popularity displaying perhaps a love of gossip within our readership! For even more celebrity news check out Closer, Look, Now and OK!.

 

 

 

No. 10  TV Times finished off our top 10 and what a useful title to be able to get for free. You’ll also find the TV & Satelite Week available and if you like your screens bigger we’ve also got Empire and Total Film.

 

 

Visit our RBdigital information pages today and find out how to get started with the app or website.

Find funding here

Are you part of a local charity, community group or voluntary organisation that is looking for funding?

Edinburgh Libraries provide free online access to Edinburgh4community, a massive online database of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds that you can apply for. It’s super-easy to use and gives you all the information you need to apply for grants including the application forms. 

Best of all, you set up your searches to continue to send you new sources of funding as they are added to the database – saving you time and earning you money.

Read through our help instructions or watch the step-by-step guide to get started with looking for funding opportunities.

Read whilst you wrap!

Christmas is the perfect time to try audiobooks. Why you ask? Well, its hard to read when you are wrapping presents; cleaning the house for all the guests coming; cooking; decorating the tree etc. So why not listen to a book at the same time instead! We’ve got all sorts of genres to keep you amused –

Christmas titles

Bestselling fiction

Fascinating non-fiction

Autobiography

We’ve got four different downloadable audiobook services that you can use through apps or on your computer or MP3 player. You’ll find full user instructions on our Your Library.

Christmas magazine editions

The brilliant thing about Christmas is that most of us get a chance to sit down and put our feet up for a bit! If you can’t stand watching yet another Christmas movie then why not do a bit of digital magazine reading instead.

RBdigital magazines has a fantastic collection of Christmas magazine editions for you to overindulge in – the perfect thing to sit and read with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. And the best thing is they are completely free so you can still treat yourself even if you’ve got no money left after Christmas shopping!

Plan some Christmas meals with festive cooking magazine editions Get some decorating ideas with Christmas homes magazines

Plan that party outfit

Enjoy some beautiful reads

RBdigital is available to use through an app on your tablet or phone or on your computer. Full user instructions can be found on our Your Library website.

Shopping online for beginners!

Never ventured into the world of shopping online? Don’t trust it? Frightened of scams? Come along to our “How To” presentation and workshop – bring along your tablet/laptop – we won’t be doing any actual shopping on the day but we can take you through the things to look out for to keep it all safe and we will also show you typical/well known shopping sites and the simple steps involved in using them. . . . all just in time for Christmas!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, CENTRAL LIBRARY, 10.30AM

Limited places available, contact Kenny Sharkey on 242 8124 / 07809320432

or email informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk