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!


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.

How to get OverDrive working again on your iPad or iPhone – a guide for TalkTalk customers

Do you use the OverDrive ebook and audiobook app on your iPad or iPhone?

If you have TalkTalk Wi-Fi and have recently upgraded your device to IOS 8.4 you might have been experiencing some problems with the app hanging or running slowly.

apple-cryWe’ve traced the problem to TalkTalk’s DNS settings which you’ll need to amend to get your app working happily again. Here’s one way round it:
1. Go into Settings on your iPad or iPhone and then on Wi-Fi.
2. Click on the information button (an “i” in a circle) to the right of the link to TalkTalk.
3. Scroll down till you see the DNS section and click on the numbers to the right of this. A keyboard will appear – replace the existing DNS numbers with
4. Click on Wi-Fi and then Settings to come out of this page.

If you ever do experience issues with OverDrive advice is always available on our help page which also has a link to an online help request form .

It’s a mystery

The next OverDrive Big Library Read will be Eyes on You – a breathless and terrifying psychological thriller full of twists that will leave readers guessing until the final pages!

EyesOnYou_AvailableAsE-ARobin Trainer, a television show host and bestselling author discovers that her success has come with danger and an adversary with a dark agenda. This book is sure to have you reading late into the night as Robin desperately tries to unmask her enemy before it’s too late!

This title will be available as both an ebook and an audiobook from Tuesday until 23rd June on OverDrive. Both versions are multi-access so unlike other titles there’s no restriction to the number of users who can borrow them.