The Summer Reading Challenge is here!

This summer, join Edinburgh Libraries for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge!

Mischief Makers is inspired by the much-loved and iconic children’s title Beano, and features Dennis, Gnasher and friends from the comic.

Children are invited to read six library books during the long summer holiday to collect stickers and the all important finisher’s medal. All library books read during the holidays count towards the challenge including ebooks and audiobooks.

And to help keep children out of mischief, there will also be loads of fun events happening in all libraries during the holidays. Contact your local library for details and how to take part.

The challenge starts on Saturday 23 June and runs until the end of August.

Join the fun at your local library!

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Why do we read?

Calling on all readers over 18 years old who read for pleasure.

A lot of the research about reading focuses on readers’ genre preferences and tastes. Social scientists try to link these preferences with readers’ social characteristics. Women are said to prefer fiction and men non-fiction. Yet little is known about what people do with books once they have chosen them and why reading is important to them.

The project “Reading Matters. A cultural sociology of reading” explores the meanings of reading for pleasure in the lives of readers.

If you are over 18 years old and would like to share your experiences of reading get in touch with sociologist Angelica Thumala at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.

It does not matter how frequently you read, in which format or what genres. Interviews last between one and two hours. Responses will be anonymised.

Those interested in taking part or who have questions please email Angelica at angelica.thumala@ed.ac.uk

Zoe Ball Book Club

We are excited to hear that there’s to be a new TV book club hosted by Zoe Ball starting on ITV the 17th June – perfect if you’re not able to go along to one yourself!

And even better, you can borrow some of the featured titles from our downloadable library services! –

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Available to download as audiobook from RBdigital

 

 

 

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee

Available to download as ebook and audiobook from OverDrive

 

 

 

The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson

Available to download on audiobook from uLIBRARY

 

 

 

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive and audiobook from RBdigital

 

 

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Available to download as ebook  from OverDrive

 

 

 

Killer Intent by Tony Kent

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive

 

 

 

Dark Pines by Will Dean

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive

 

 

 

This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

Available to download as ebook from OverDrive

 

 

 

Fancy starting your own book group – did you know you can borrow sets of books from the library? Find out how by reading the Book Group Collections blog post.

A serial addiction

There’s only one thing better than a good book and that’s a series of good books!! Who can resist the addictive quality of finding out more about your favourite character and their further adventures. We have some truly fantastic series to follow from our downloadable Library2go services. Here’s just a few to whet your apetite!

The Chronicles of St.Mary’s by Jodi Taylor

A rip roaring ride through time – meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process. eBooks available on OverDrive.

 

Shetland Island Series by Ann Cleeves

Who would have thought Shetland was such a dangerous place to live! This bestselling series of crime novel features Detective Jimmy Perez  investigating a series of grisly murders. Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer

Read Jeffrey Archer’s tales following the rising fortunes and crises of the Clifton family through the 20th Century.
Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child

This hugely popular series features Jack Reacher, a former major in the US Army Military Police, who roams the United States investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations.
Audiobooks available on BorrowBox and further audiobooks and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall, is whisked through time from the 1940s to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series by Jacqueline Winspear

In 1929 London,  Maisie Dobbs starts her own business as a psychologist and investigator. Get hooked with this unique and gripping historical mystery series.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and eBooks on OverDrive.

 

 

Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

The Seven Sisters is a saga of love and loss based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation. After their adoptive father dies each sister is handed a clue to their true heritage, each book tells one of the sister’s stories.
Audiobooks available on RBdigital and  eBooks on OverDrive.

 

DI Helen Grace by MJ Arlidge

Read about Helen Grace, woman with a hefty caseload. A Detective Inspector, she runs the Major Incident Team and grapples with murders, rapes, trafficking and more besides.
Audiobooks available on uLIBRARY and  eBooks on OverDrive.

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.

 

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!

 

 

Solo or group reading!

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.