Happy Read an eBook Day!

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.

Checkout our OverDrive ebook service today – stop off at the Your Library website first to find all the information you need to be able to start downloading in minutes.

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.

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The Other Einstein

The titles we get for our OverDrive Big Library Read club just keep getting better and better! Hot on the heels of the brilliant DC Daley (our May ebook read) we now meet an amazing woman in the form of Mileva Marić, the woman behind one of the most famous men of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife. A brilliant physicist in her own right, her contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. This historical fiction book, offers readers a window into a brilliant woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.

Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric, 1912

“The moment I first learned about Mileva, I discovered that she was fascinating in her own right and I felt compelled to tell her tale,” said Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein. “The more I researched Mileva and came to know her through her letters, I realized that her story was powerful and important in itself, and instrumental in understanding our own history and the role of women in it.”

This Big Library Read will be available on our OverDrive site with unlimited downloads from the 12 – 26 June. All you need is a library card to take part. So if you are going away on holiday, this is the first thing to download and put in your suitcase! Why not encourage friends and family to read it too, it’s the perfect excuse to get together and have your own book group. Or join in online with the conversation about the book at BigLibraryRead.com.

 

 

Be the next Mary Berry!

No baking class needed, just a library card! Join in with our latest OverDrive Big Library Read event, the world’s largest global ebook reading club. From the 16th – 30th March there will be unlimited access to ebook Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott.

This is the first time a cookery book has been chosen for the Big Library Read and looks like they’ve selected a good one with hundreds of five star ratings online. One reviewer stated:

“This is a wonderful book, inspirational in every way. The writing is an unexpected joy, evocative and moving. Perfect for those of us who really do read cookbooks as well as cook from them. But the recipes themselves will become an important part of your repertoire. Partly because Kate encourages you to think flexibly about what you are doing – which crust, which filling, how to combine them. And the instructions are clear and empowering. You can tell that I like this book! It is well worth a place on your shelf and may even change your life”

To get involved  just go to our OverDrive website or app between the 16th-30th March and you’ll find Art of the Pie waiting to be checked out near the top of the homepage. Full instructions for using OverDrive can be found on our Your Library site.

So why not host a reading group with a difference where everyone brings along a pie they’ve made! There’s a fantastic range of sweet and savoury recipes to choose from.

And Another Winner!

We ran not one, but two competitions as part of our Digital Reading Week at the beginning of November! The lucky winner of our OverDrive competition was Sally Butler. Sally borrowed some ebooks to go on holiday and came home to find that she was the recipient of a shiny new Fire Tablet.

sally-butlerIt was great to hear that Sally has been using our OverDrive service since its inception in 2010 finding it especially useful when travelling. The beauty of it is that you can checkout new titles from anywhere whether you are in the South of France or the doctors waiting room!

New titles are added to OverDrive every two weeks meaning there is always something new to check out. If you don’t find anything you fancy remember that users can always recommend titles and authors using our Book Recommendation Form.

Download ‘American Sniper’ for free and join the world’s biggest book group

Described as ‘one of the great war memoirs of all time’, American Sniper is the bestselling autobiography of the late US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Kyle, who was killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris.

From now until the end of March OverDrive are offering library members all over the world the chance to download the ebook or audiobook for free, and to discuss the issues it raises on the Big Library Read website, on Facebook, and on Twitter, using the hashtag #biglibraryread .

If you’re a library member and want to know more about the thousands of ebooks and audiobooks you can borrow for free using OverDrive, here’s how to get started.

 

Your Library top ten of 2015

As the year draws to a close let’s take a look at which of our online services you used the most during 2015. Here’s the top ten:

1. Zinio

No surprise that this is our most popular resource. Free online subscriptions to over 100 magazines including New Scientist, Hello and Amateur Photographer. What’s not to like?

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2. OverDrive

eBook and audiobook downloads continue to increase at a phenomenal rate (up a whopping 56% from 2014!) helped in part by the addition of some blockbuster titles for you to download – need we say it – free.

3. Capital Collections

Showcasing the image collections of Edinburgh Libraries, museums and galleries, the fantastic online gallery draws visitors from all over the globe.

4. Your Edinburgh

The best place to find out what’s on in your area.

5. Edinburgh Collected  NEW!

A brand new space for you to share, explore and discuss your memories of Edinburgh. Don’t miss out – get involved!

6. Our Town Stories

The history of Edinburgh in words, pictures and maps featuring the ever popular then and now photographs.

7. OneClickDigital

Reflecting the increasing popularity of audiobooks, downloads from OneClickDigital have almost doubled in the last 12 months!

8. Edinburgh 4 Community

If you’re looking for funding, as many of you are, this is the best place to start.

9. Theory Test Pro

Essential for learner drivers, this theory test simulator also gives more experienced motorists an opportunity to put their knowledge of the rules of the road to the test.

10. Library Press Display NEW!

Another new entry, Library Press Display is a window onto the world’s press, offering library members the chance to catch up on the daily papers without leaving the house.

That’s our top ten, but your library card gives you access to many, many other online resources besides. Visit Your Library to see the complete list.

(Top ten based on average monthly use during 2015.)

 

 

Download these bestsellers for free!

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Great news! Just in time for Christmas we’ve added some blockbuster titles to our OverDrive ebook collection – all of which are available for you to download and borrow for FREE! These include:

The Girl on The Train – Paula Hawkins

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird– Harper Lee

The Martian – Andy Weir

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

50 Shades of Grey – E.L.James

The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett

Brooklyn – Colm Toibin

A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

We know demand is going to be high but you can of course put a hold on any items which are already out on loan – or add the books you want to read later to your wish list.