Ebooks are free books when you borrow them from the library

E-readers and tablet computers will no doubt be on a lot of people’s Christmas present lists this year. Before deciding which brand or device to buy, you might want to have a read of this contribution from Norfolk County Council’s Library Service.

It will come as no surprise that we love books. And we love making it easy for people to read books, which is why our free ebooks loans service is so great.

For the uninitiated, ebooks are books that can be read in electronic form, usually on a tablet computer or ereader device. You can download ebooks from various websites and it’s a way of reading that’s really growing in popularity – earlier this year it was reported that sales of ebooks from Amazon had overtaken sales of hardback and paperback books for the first time.

But why buy when you can borrow, for free, and from the comfort of your own home? Of course we want people to keep visiting our libraries but equally we think our ebooks loan service could really come into its own during spells of wintry weather, when it can be hard for people to make journeys.

Our digital library has hundreds of ebook titles to choose from – for some recommendations from our staff about ebooks you can borrow from us, scroll down. And there’s no chance of getting an overdue charge as when your loan period ends, poof! The file will simply disappear from your device, without you having to lift a finger.

While lots are, not all ereaders and tablets are compatible with the digital library system we use, so if you are planning on buying one for yourself or as a gift, do check out the list of compatible devices here.

We are excited however that the new Kindle Fire is compatible, it’s the first Kindle device that is. You can also borrow and read our ebooks on lots of smartphones and most laptop and desktop computers – although they do have to be connected to the internet to do the borrowing bit.

Apart from a compatible device, the only other thing you need to borrow ebooks from us is to be a library member, and to have a pin number which means you can use any of our online services (such as renewing copies of traditional books you have out on loan).

You can join the library online and once you’ve received your pin and been sent your library card through the post, you’re ready to go. If you’re already a library member but don’t have a pin number, or can’t remember it, there are lots of ways to remedy this

And if you’d rather join the library in person, you can. Whichever way you choose, becoming a library member and borrowing books, however you choose to do it, is absolutely free.

Non-Fiction

‘The Christmas Book’ by Sheherazade Goldsmith

 A book of approximately 80-90 self-contained craft, food, and gardening projects aimed at helping people escape the modern-day commercial Christmas and enjoy a simpler, more home-spun way of celebrating.

‘Modern Knits, Vintage Style: Classic Designs from the Golden Age of Knitting’ by Kari Cornell and Jennifer Simonson

Features more than 20 new, retro-inspired patterns for sweaters, skirts, scarves, capelets, hats, gloves, and socks from well-known designers such as Lily Chin, Michele Orne and more. Each example has an introduction to the patterns and schematics.

‘The Big Book of Casseroles: 250 Recipes for Serious Comfort Food’ by Maryana Vollstedt

Bubbling cheese, golden bread crumbs, tender vegetables, and succulent meats – what’s not to like about casseroles? Now, thanks to Maryana Vollstedt, busy cooks don’t have to call up Mum in order to make delicious one-dish meals for family and friends.

‘Shadows in the Steam: The Haunted Railways of Britain’ by David Brandon and Alan Brooke

 Offers a look at some of the strange and unexplained hauntings across Britain’s railway network: ghostly passengers and spectral crew; signals and messages sent from empty boxes and trains that went into tunnels and never left.

‘The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything’ by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

 The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. This groundbreaking new book is all about how every one of us can find our element, connecting with our true talents and fulfilling our creative potential.

‘How to Be Idle’ by Tom Hodgkinson

 As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. From Tom Hodgkinson, editor of the Idler magazine comes How To Be Idle, an antidote to the work-obsessed culture which puts so many obstacles between ourselves and our dreams.

Adult Fiction

‘1222’ by Anne Holt

 269 passengers are forced to abandon their snowbound train and find shelter in a centuries-old mountain hotel. Before dawn breaks, one of them will be murdered. Trapped by the killer within, trapped by the deadly storm outside, Hanne Wilhelmsen’s unease is mounting. Why was the last train carriage sealed? Why is the top floor of the hotel locked down? And, of course, what if the killer strikes again?

‘Gently continental’ by Alan Hunter

Part of the Inspector George Gently series. Good music, fine dining and comfortable surroundings – that’s how the Hotel Continental is advertised. Fraud, blackmail, torture and murder – that’s what it becomes famous for. When one of the guests is found dead at the bottom of the nearby cliffs, Inspector Gently is left juggling with a deadly conundrum.

‘The Small Hand’ by Susan Hill

Bookseller Adam Snow takes a wrong turning and stumbles across the derelict old White House. Compelled by curiosity, he approaches the door, and, standing before the entrance feels the unmistakable sensation of a small hand creeping into his own. Intrigued, he determines to learn more, but begins to be plagued by haunting dreams, panic attacks, and more frequent visits from the small hand which become increasingly threatening and sinister.

‘The Reinvention of Love’ by Helen Humphreys

When Charles Saint-Beuve, a French literary journalist met Victor Hugo, an ambitious young writer, he was swept into a world of grand emotions. But it is not Victor he is really attracted to — it is his wife Adele. Soon the two lovers are on the edge of a great scandal and a wounded Victor must exact his price for betrayal, a price that will change the lives of many, including his own children.

‘Dregs’ by Jorn Lier Horst

Meet Chief Inspector William Wisting, Head of CID in Larvik, Norway, and the latest unforgettable import from Scandinavian crime fiction. A police report of a shoe containing a severed foot washed up on the sand. Soon a second is washed up, but it is another left. Has there been some kind of terrible accident at sea?

‘The Beauty Chorus’ by Kate Lord Brown

Evie Chase, the daughter of an RAF commander, is billeted in a tiny country cottage in wartime Britain, sharing with an anxious young mother and a naive teenager. Thrown together by war, these three very different women soon become friends, confidantes and fellow adventuresses. But as they take to the skies, they will also face hardship, prejudice and tragedy. Can their new-found bond survive their darkest hours?

Children’s Fiction

Mr Stink’ by David Walliams

A hilarious story for children about a young girl, a smelly tramp and secrets, by the superb new storyteller, David Walliams. If you enjoy Roald Dahl, this is a book for you.

‘Attack of the Scorpion Riders’ by Dan Hunter

Evil Pharaoh Oba has imprisoned the gods who protect Egypt, and now bloodthirsty monsters roam the land. Only one boy can stop them. The first story in an exciting new action series for children called ‘Quest of the Gods’. Suitable for all Beastquest fans.

‘Matched’ by Ally Condie

A powerful dystopian fantasy where life is totally controlled by officials, everything is chosen for you, but for Cassia something goes wrong and she is being manipulated to make choices. For all fans of The Hunger Games.

If you’ve signed up but you’re not sure where to begin with ebooks, take a look here or take a guided tour on how to borrow them from us.  The library service’s FAQs on borrowing ebooks are also worth a look.

One thought on “Ebooks are free books when you borrow them from the library

  1. Hurrah for a way to keep warm and keep reading! You can download audio books from the library as well, which I love – there’s nothing so cheering as someone reading you a story!

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