Access library services from home

Many of us will be staying indoors over the coming months due to the current health crisis. Edinburgh Libraries provide a range of online services that you can access from home that can help keep you occupied and entertained during these difficult times.

Library2go provides a fantastic range of free ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines that you can use on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Sign in using your Edinburgh Libraries membership number and PIN. Forgotten your PIN? Use our PIN Reset service. Not a library member? Use our online Join the Library service.

Newspapers – get access to your daily newspaper without leaving the house. You can get 250 UK newspapers including the Edinburgh Evening news, The Scotsman, The Herald, Scottish Daily Mail, The Guardian and the Daily Record on our PressReader service.

eBooks – thousands of best-selling books for adults, teens and kids can be found on OverDrive. Read through the OverDrive website your computer or with their brilliant Libby app on a phone or tablet.

Audiobooks – listen to best-selling books with fantastic narrators on our OverDrive, RBdigital, BorrowBox and uLIBRARY sites.These four downloadable audiobook services give you a wide range of adult, teen and children’s titles to choose from.

Magazines –  hundreds of UK and worldwide magazines are available to read through RBdigital and PressReader. So whether you’re in to Hello!, Amateur Gardening, Good Housekeeping, Auto Express, TV Times, BBC Good Food or Amateur Photography we’ve got it covered.

Please pass on this information to anyone you think might benefit from these services who maybe aren’t already members of the library. Or consider helping a relative or friend get started.

There are clear instructions on how to use all these services available from https://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk. Any further questions please contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 242 8047.

Libraries Week focus: ebooks

 

Today we’re highlighting our ebook collection for Libraries Week. We have a truly fantastic ebook service at Edinburgh Libraries offering you access to 12,500 titles for adults, teens and kids. You’ll find a wide range of genres in fiction and non-fiction – there’s definately something for everyone!

Our OverDrive system makes it super easy for you to find and borrow books whether through their fantastic Libby app on your tablet or phone or their website on your computer. Some of our favourite things about OverDrive are-

  1. It’s super-easy to get started – just login with your library card and PIN
  2. You can borrow from anywhere – at home, on the bus, or on the beach in Spain
  3. You can change the font / size / background colour to suit your own eyesight
  4. New stock is added twice a month to keep the site fresh
  5. You can borrow ten titles (in addition to your physical loans from the library)
  6. When the library is closed – OverDrive is open! Its like having a library branch in your own home
  7. There is a dyslexic font available
  8. You can access a great range of specialised collections – Reading Well for Mental Health,  LGBT, Bibliotherapy, Read-a-long ebook/audiobooks for children
  9. As well as ebooks there’s audiobooks and comics on OverDrive
  10. You’ll find Polish ebooks and audiobooks available too

OverDrive is incredibly easy to use and you’ll find full user
instructions available on our Your Library website. Or why not pop in to our drop-in sessions at Central Library every Tuesday from 2-3.30pm where you can get help setting up your mobile device and all your questions answered.

Top Ten eBooks

Ever wondered just what people read on our OverDrive eBook service? Well here’s the current top ten most popular online books with our readers –

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The biography from the former American First Lady is top of our charts.Looking like this is going to be our most popular ebook ever! Is also the most popular audiobook too (available through RBdigital).

 

Past Tense by Lee Child

Find out about Jack Reacher’s latest escapades. Our readers can’t get enough of Lee Child novels, which is why you’ll find 66 of his ebooks and audiobooks available on OverDrive. Also available on BorrowBox as audiobook.

 

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Winning prizes all over the place, this is the book of the moment. Follow the story of Connell and Marianne who grow up in a small town in rural Ireland and how their relationship effects their lives as they move in to adulthood. Audiobook also available on RBdigital.

 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

THE book of 2018 – if you’ve not read it yet, then why?! Meet Eleanor who has learned how to survive – but not how to live and follow her as life comes knocking on her door. Also available on RBdigital as audiobook.

 

Mythos by Stephen Fry

A surprising, but enchanting hit in both ebook and audiobook format – Stephen Fry vividly retells the tales of the Greek Gods in an entertaining and enthusiastic manner.

 

 

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

This will make you laugh, it will also make you cry, but perhaps most importantly it will make you think. This diary of a junior doctor opens a window into the NHS from the other side and you’ll never think about it the same way again. Also available as audiobook on BorrowBox.

 

Milkman by Anna Burns

Another highly acclaimed novel, that tackles the Northern Ireland conflict from the perspective of an 18-year-old girl with no interest in the troubles, who’s aim is to stay as invisible as possible. As available on RBdigital as audiobook.

 

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Another bestselling novel from one of Scotland’s top writers. In 1940, Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into MI5. After the war she presumes the events of those years are over, but soon learns that there are no actions without consequences. Also available on BorrowBox as audiobook.

 

The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin

Glad to see our readers like a little light-hearted romance too!  Described as “Danish happiness and hygge in one un-put-down-able story” this is the perfect read for a chilly night.

 

 

The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Well last in our line up is a self-help book with a difference (hence the title!). It’s a much-needed grab you by the shoulders and look you in the eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humour. Available on OverDrive as ebook and audiobook..

 

So surprised at our top ten? Or hopefully impressed by the great choice of acclaimed and popular titles available now to download! Access these titles from our Libby or OverDrive apps or the OverDrive website. Full instructions for using our ebook service can be found at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/overdrive.

Read Your Free Daily Newspaper

Most people have a smartphone, tablet, or computer these days. One of the best uses you can put it to is accessing your daily newspaper for free. Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service has over 3000 full-spread online newspapers from all over the world, including 350 UK papers. Use your library card and PIN to login to the app or website from anywhere and read up to 20 newspapers a day for free.

 

 

Read today’s Scottish Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, Scotsman, Guardian, Herald or The Edinburgh Reporter amongst hundreds of others.

 

As an added bonus you’ll find thousands of magazines available too so whether you’re in to cars or cookery, computers or crafts you’ll find a wide range of magazines to suit you.

 

Find full instructions for getting started at our Your Library website.

 

Top ten emagazines on PressReader

We usually promote our PressReader service for access to your daily newspaper. Recently though the number of UK magazines has increased to over 300 making it an essential resource for magazines too as well as your daily news. Here’s just a wee highlight of some of the brilliant titles available.

No.1  The Scots Magazine – a celebration of all things Scottish can be downloaded each month. You’ll also find Scottish Field and No.1 Magazine (a Scottish women’s lifestyle magazine) available too.

 

 

No.2  PlayStation Official Magazine is just one of an amazing array of titles for gamers including GamesMaster, Edge, PC Gamer, Xbox, Play, Retro Gamer, 110% Gaming and Games TM.

 

 

No.3  Your Chickens is probably one of the most eclectic titles available on PressReader! We’ve included it though to show you the breadth of subjects available – there really is something for everyone! Other hobby titles include Model Rail, Canal Boat, Bird Watching, Crime Scene, practical fishkeeping and Pilot.

 

 

No.4 History Revealed is perfect if you are a history buff. You’ll never run out of things to read on PressReader as it also includes BBC History, All About History and History of War.

 

 

 

No.5  Mac Life is just one of a huge range of computing magazines covering all formats.  You’ll also find MacFormat, Linux Format, Windows 7 Help, Maximum PC, .NET, T3, iPad & iPhone User, Computer Arts, Imagine FX, Focus, 3D World, Stuff, Web User, PC Pro, Tech Adviser, Computer Active, Custom PC and Linux User & Developer.

 

No.6 Auto Express is one of the most popular titles on PressReader. It’s just one of many motoring and biking magazines available. Also choose from Car, Fast Car, Fast Bike, Mini Magazine, Land Rover Monthly, Performance Vauxhall, Evo and Classic Cars.

 

 

No.7 Simply Knitting provides brilliant patterns and ideas to fuel your knitting addiction. PressReader has a brilliant range of crafting titles including Simply Crochet, Simply Sewing, Cross Stitch Gold, The Knitter, Papercraft Inspirations, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Cross Stitcher and Mollie Makes.

 

 

No.8  The Beano is the classic of children’s comics. So whether you are a kid or just reliving your childhood you can dip in to it for free on PressReader. Other children’s titles available include Horrible Histories, Commando, Denis the Menace & Gnasher’s Epic Magazine, WWE Kids and The Week- Junior.

 

 

No.9  NME is just one of a wide range of music style magazines that you can read online. Metal Hammer, Prog, Kerrang, Classic Rock, Uncut, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Computer Music, Q, Rhythm, Mojo and BBC Music are also available.

 

 

No. 10 Cycling Weekly keeps you bang up-to-date with the world of cycling. All things sporty can be followed on PressReader with magazines including Horse & Hound, Cycling Plus, Sport Cal, Procycling, Mountain Biking UK, Triathlon Plus, Late Tackle, FourFourTwo, Cyclist, Trial, 220Triathlon, Yachting World and World Soccer.

 

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

 

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.

Magazines galore!

Edinburgh Libraries has an amazing 500 British magazines for you to download (and thousands of international ones)!

We’ve two brilliant downloadable magazine services to choose from:

RBdigital – over 100 hand picked bestselling British magazines available on a super easy to use app or website. Download as many as you like and keep them forever.
PressReader – over 300 British and almost 3500 international magazines. Download up to 20 a day through the app or stream unlimited numbers through the website.

Use your library card to login on your tablet, smartphone or computer – there’s full instructions available on our Your Library website. You can use these services from anywhere so whilst on holiday or when your train gets suddenly delayed – you’ll never be stuck for something to read again!