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!
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 –
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.
Usually it’s the newspapers on PressReader that get all the attention, but today its the magazines! Lots of new magazines have been added so now there are over 300 UK magazine titles available to download through the PressReader app or read online.
There is huge range of titles to choose from so whether you are into knitting, computing, cars or keeping chickens they’ll be something for you! To use the service just login with your library card number and PIN.
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Simply install the app on your Apple, Android or Windows device and you can download up to 20 magazines (or newspapers) a day. If you don’t have a tablet or smartphone, you can read unlimited titles on your computer.
To find the UK magazines on PressReader, click on the UK button on the homepage and then on Publication Types and choose Magazines. You can then use the menu button (three vertical dots) to put the magazines in A-Z order, more popular or the most current.
Something for everyone
Need help getting started with PressReader? Then pop into our eResources Drop-in on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm in the Central Library.
Here are some reasons why OverDrive, our ebook service, is so popular with our library members:
1. eBooks are portable
One of the most frequently trumpeted advantage of ebooks is that they are more portable than printed books. Perfect for travelling and commuting.
2. eBooks offer more choice to people who have problems with their vision
Lots of people who borrow ebooks do so because they have sight problems that prevent them from being able to read your average paperback. OverDrive has made a real difference to their reading life as you can alter fonts and background colours.
3. eBooks offer more choice
The 10 ebooks you can borrow for three weeks comes on top of the 12 item limit for physical books. That’s 22 books every three weeks – more than enough reading for anyone (surely?!).
4. eBooks mean you’re never far from the library
Whether you’re holidaying in Troon or Tenerife, or stuck in the doctor’s waiting room as long as you’ve got internet access you’ve got the library with you. You can return and borrow books to your heart’s content!
5. Nobody needs to know what you’re reading
And we’re not just talking about keeping your Fifty Shades of Grey addiction a secret from your fellow bus passengers. OverDrive offers free access to lots of self-help books covering sensitive issues that many readers would rather not broadcast to people around them.
Today is Read an eBook Day! eBooks enable you to take the stories and authors you love with you anytime, anywhere. If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer you can be connected to a world of literature whether you’re sitting on your couch, on an airplane 30,000 feet in the air and anywhere in between!
They save you space in your suitcases, can’t be lost or damaged and can be accessed at the click of a button. If you’ve never tried reading an ebook before, today is the perfect time to try one out! Borrow one of your favourite books or something completely new and discover the joys of digital reading.
Today you also have the chance to win a Kobo Aura One ereader. Simply check out an ebook from OverDrive and then “share” on social media what you are reading using the hashtag #eBookLove and you’ll be entered into a prize draw. For more information and to see what everyone else is reading see the Read an eBook Day website.