We’ve just finished updating our Book Group Collections list so thought we’d flag it up to you all again as a really useful resource. Obviously its a brilliant source of information about the collections that you can borrow through the library for you and 14 members of your book group. All for free, with 4 week loans and easy collection from your local library thrown in.
It’s also really handy for non-book group members though as it’s a fantastic list of “must-read” titles. Perfect for dipping into when you’re not sure what to read next. Many of the titles are also available to borrow in ebook or downloadable audiobook format and there’s information about the formats available beside each title.
So if you are planning a cozy Christmas filled with lots of reading why not check out our book group collections list and get some first class reading ideas.
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 –
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.
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.
Earlier this year the Scottish Book Trust asked people to put pen to paper and write down their memories and thoughts on the theme of ‘Nourish’. Whether it was about growing your own, howking tatties, creative cooking, sharing a poke of chips or a celebratory feast, they wanted to know what fueled your body and mind.
The result of this quest is a brilliant book of reminiscences and musings that is now available to download for free from our OverDrive ebook service. This book has been released as part of Book Week Scotland 2017. There’s a couple of submissions from well known foodies Dave Myers and Mary Contini, but a wealth of contributions from Scottish people from all walks of life, sharing with you their stories of food’s contribution to their family, childhood, community, travel experiences and self-discovery.
Download it today (best enjoyed with a nice cuppa and a dunkable biscuit!).
Did you know you can read over 4000 UK and worldwide newspapers and magazines for free on your tablet, phone or computer? From anywhere you can simply login to the PressReader app or website with your library card number and PIN to get access to today’s news 24/7.
With Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service you can access over 100 UK and Irish newspapers including today’s editions of the Edinburgh Evening News, Scotsman, Scottish Daily Mail, The Press and Journal, The Guardian and The Herald as well as over 100 UK magazines.
Publications from over 100 countries in 60 languages are available including from Poland, India, USA, France and China. Articles can be translated into 16 languages and you can also listen to today’s news by using Library PressReader’s Radio function which will read articles out to you.
PressReader has a small range of material for children too as it includes comics such as the Beano, Horrible Histories and Doctor Who Adventures. It also includes a newspaper aimed specifically at children – First News.
You’ll find full user instructions on our Your Library website.
Well, you’d be mad not to use our magazine service. There’s no catch, just instant access to over 130 popular magazine titles for you to download and keep. It has an easy to use app and best of all its free.
So make good use your library card today and use RBdigital to get free digital access to magazines such as Hello!, New Scientist, Grazia, Amateur Photographer, Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food.
RBdigital is really easy to set up, works brilliantly (especially on tablets) and could of course save you a fortune in magazine subscriptions. Head over to our RBdigital page to see the full list of titles and find out how to get started.
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.
That’s five reasons, can you think of any others?