eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

eAudiobook

We now offer a wide range of downloadable digital media. These include eBooks and eAudiobooks for loan. We also have eMagazines which you can download and keep.

Further information

A brand new eResource is Comics Plus, where you can borrow digital comics anytime, anywhere with your library card.

Our digital media will work on most mobile devices (a notable exception is the Amazon Kindle). eAudiobooks should work on any device that can play MP3 files.

Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

Overdrive is easy to use with your library card and PIN, if you don’t have a library card or don’t know your PIN, please visit one of our libraries.

You can choose from an expanding range of fiction, non-fiction, teenage and children's eBooks and eAudiobooks and they are all free. Just browse our catalogue or search for a title, if you can’t find what you want, you can also ‘recommend’ a title to us and we will consider it for purchase.

  • eBooks can be downloaded, read on a computer or transferred to a suitable eReader
  • eAudiobooks can be downloaded, played on your computer or transferred to a device which plays MP3 files. (Please note that it is not possible to download eBooks or eAudiobooks using library computers).

Computer users: To login and select an eMagazine follow the quick link above. To read eMagazines on your computer you need RB Digital software, which is available free via the quick link above.

Smartphone or tablet users: To login and select an eMagazine follow the quick link above. To read your eMagazine you will need to get the free RB Digital app from your apps store.

Your RB Digital account allows you to read eMagazines online or offline, or on mobile devices through the free RB Digital app. You should receive email notification when new issues of your selected eMagazines are available. There are no limits to the number of magazines you can download and once downloaded they are yours to keep.

Note: you may see magazine prices displayed on RB Digital. This is because you can also buy eMagazines from them. So remember, to get your eMagazine for free, you must use the Leicester Libraries eMagazines service.

For further advice and guidance, please see the eBooks help pages.

Ulverscroft eAudiobooks

Computer users: Follow the Ulverscroft quick link above to register, logon and borrow.

Smartphone or tablet users: Download the free uLIBRARY app from your app store to register and borrow:

First time use - register:

  • Logon – simply enter your library card number and pin
  • Browse – browse the catalogue, choose your selection and borrow
  • Download the files from your account
  • Listen on your computer or device.

Ulverscroft eAudiobooks are available for 21 day loans or they can be returned early. There are no overdue fines because eBooks and eAudiobooks automatically return when the loan period ends. You can listen to sound clips before downloading your chosen title.

Like paper books, eAudiobooks can only be borrowed by one person at a time. If you want to borrow a book that is currently on loan, it is free to request it. You will be notified by email when it becomes available, or you can turn on automatic borrowing on your account settings. The item will then be available in your account ready to download to your device.

Further help is available on the Ulverscroft website.

RBdigital eMagazines

Using your library card and pin number you can select from a range of popular eMagazines, and read full digital editions on a computer or mobile device for free. If you don’t have a library card or don’t know your PIN, please visit one of our libraries. 

Computer users: to login and select an eMagazine follow the quick link above. To read eMagazines on your computer you need RBdigital software, which is available free via the quick link above.

Smartphone or tablet users: to login and select an eMagazine follow the quick link above. To read your eMagazine you will need to get the free RBdigital app from your apps store.

Your RBdigital account allows you to read eMagazines online or offline, or on mobile devices through the free RBdigital app. You should receive email notification when new issues of your selected eMagazines are available. There are no limits to the number of magazines you can download and once downloaded they are yours to keep.

Note: you may see magazine prices displayed on RBdigital. This is because you can also buy eMagazines from them. So remember, to get your eMagazine for free, you must use the Leicester Libraries eMagazines service.

For further advice and guidance, please see the eMagazines help pages.

Comics Plus

Thousands of digital comic books suitable for all ages are available with a click of a mouse or a tap of your finger with Comics Plus: Library Edition.

All you need is your library card and a web browser to get started. You can also download the Comics Plus: Library Edition app to take your borrowed comics on the go.

If you already have an RBdigital account, you can use the same login details to access Comics Plus.

Computer users: To login and select a comic follow the quick link above. To register, click on ‘Create New Account’, logon and borrow.

Smartphone or tablet users: Download the free Comics Plus Library Edition app from your store to register and borrow:

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