E-read your way through Christmas

E-readers are once again topping our Christmas lists this year and make a wonderful gift for book lovers. Norfolk County Council’s library service wants to remind you that they have lots of e-books and e-audio books ready to be downloaded onto your shiny new device, and also to remind you that the service is also completely FREE!

Fiction and non-fiction titles can be downloaded by anyone with a library card from the library service’s website straight to an e-reader, computer, tablet or mobile phone. While lots of devices are compatible, please do check our list here before buying one as a Christmas present if you want to ensure the recipient can borrow e-books from the library with no problem.

E-readers are perfect if you like to read on the go and give you the simplicity of downloading books instantly – anywhere and anytime (as long as you have an internet connection).

As with the traditional book loan service, it costs nothing to borrow an e-book from the library and at the end of the loan period – which can be either seven, 14 or 21 days – the e-book file will be automatically deleted from the borrower’s device, meaning you will never face a late fee!

All you need to do to borrow an e-book is a personal computer with internet access and have membership for the library service – which is also free to join.

Top e-reads you can borrow from the library now include:


Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance

In 1975, in an unidentified Indian city, Mrs Dina Dalal, a financially pressed Parsi widow in her early 40s sets up a sweatshop of sorts in her ramshackle apartment. Determined to remain financially independent and to avoid a second marriage, she takes in a boarder and two Hindu tailors to sew dresses for an export company. As the four share their stories, then meals, then living space, human kinship prevails and the four become a kind of family, despite the lines of caste, class and religion. When tragedy strikes, their cherished, newfound stability is threatened, and each character must face a difficult choice in trying to salvage their relationships.

Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman’s mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman’s descent into insanity.

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg – Pros and Cons

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg have teamed up for a dynamic new series featuring an FBI agent who’s on the hunt – and a master con artist who’s enjoying the chase. The con is on in this eBook original short story that’s a triumphant prequel to The Heist.

Erlend Loe – Doppler and Sam Eastland – Eye of the Red Tsar

First in a gripping new series of detective novels set at the birth of Stalin’s Russia.



Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Top Tips for a Truly Wonderful Christmas by A. Non

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the festive period distract you from what should be the happiest time of the year. This indispensable gem of a book offers practical tips on everything from organising party games the whole family will enjoy to planning the all-important Christmas dinner, and will help ensure that Christmas is manageable, and more importantly, fun!

The Beauty And The Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War by PeteEnglund

There are many books on the First World War, but award-winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach. Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, he explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty.

Two of these twenty will perish, two will become prisoners of war, two will become celebrated heroes and two others end up as physical wrecks. This is a piece of anti-history: it brings this epoch-making event back to its smallest component, the individual.

The Great Mid-life Career Switch: 15 important tips to help you change careers at half-time

This indispensable career book is the first essential tool readers need to purchase to help them plan and execute a successful career change.

WildCoast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge by John Gimlette

In this compelling and elegant travel memoir, John Gimlette returns to Guyana, the Wild Coast in South America, to discover his ancestral colonial history – one of brutal, cruel and often uncomfortable truths.


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