Read an eBook for #eBookDay!

eBookDayThursday, September 18th is international Read an eBook Day. Library patrons around the world will be able to take part in the largest digital reading event to show appreciation for eBooks.

Throughout September 18, OverDrive will be giving away tablets and devices every hour through social media to readers who tell their eBook story on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #eBookDay. You can also comment directly on www.readanebookday.com. You can enter the international giveaway now, and at any time until 4pm on Friday September 19th (ie midnight September 18th in US Eastern Standard Time).

Wellington City Libraries is also pleased to be able to offer a 3G-enabled 7″ Google Nexus tablet with 32GB of storage to one Wellington City Libraries customer who issues an eBook from either of our Overdrive or Bolinda sites on #eBookDay. The prize draw for the Google Nexus tablet will take place the day after eBook day on Friday September 19th.

Here are a few picks from our Overdrive collection:

Overdrive cover A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
“Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can’t contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization – how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson’s challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn’t some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The 10PM Question, by Kate de Goldi
“A warm, surprising, real and intelligent novel you will fall in love with. Frankie Parsons is twelve and has a rodent voice of worry nibbling in his head. His new friend – colourful, creative, talkative Sydney – has relentless, unavoidable questions of her own that force Frankie and his family to face up to things that have lain dormant for years. In Kate de Goldi’s sensitive, vital and hilarious novel, Frankie and the reader walk hand in hand through pages that gleam with hope and humour.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover About a Boy, by Nick Hornby
“Will Freeman, a 30-something Londoner, is vaguely in search of a wife, but is simultaneously turned off by the responsibilities that a real life might entail. He befriends young Marcus, son of a single mother with problems, and finds himself being drawn against his will into a tumultuous set of circumstances. Finally he is able, after all, to engage with life in a normal way. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.” (Syndetics)

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for daily eBook of the Day picks up until September 18th!

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Many more new eBooks titles & authors via Bolinda!

We’ve gained access to a whole new library of eBook titles and authors, via Bolinda Digital. Think Bolinda is just Audiobooks?  Well, no longer, because Bolinda + eBooks = Reality!                

New eBook titles & authors…

We’ve acquired over 1,600 eBook EPUB format titles from major publisher Macmillian across a number of genres and reading levels from popular authors.                                            

Think Sue Grafton, Stieg Larson, David Baldacci, C J Sansom, Matthew Reilly, Meg Cabot, Oliver Sacks and you’re on the right track. 

Wondering how many you can borrow, and for how long?

  • Limit of 10 eBook loans and 10 eAudiobook loans at any one time = 20 in total per person
  • Titles are issued for three weeks only
  • Unlimited reserves
  • 2 renewals per title

(These limits may change depending on demand and availability)

The details:

These eBook titles are:

  • One copy per user
  • Digital rights management protected (or copy protected)
  • All EPUB (Short for electronic publication and specially designed for eBook usage)

Download for Mobile or Desktop

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To enjoy these new eBook titles on a mobile device download the newly upgraded BorrowBox app (see links below for iOS and Android). BorrowBox has been updated with new eBook reader software and is all ready for eBook downloads!

On desktop computers, you can download titles from our Bolinda website straight to Adobe Digital Editions, exactly as for our OverDrive eBooks.

We hope to have extensive help documentation up very soon, in the meantime, the links above can help, or if you’re still experiencing issues or wondering how to get started, contact us via our Technical Support form.

Bolinda audio books are now available through the free BorrowBox app

bolindasplashWe’re pleased to announce the arrival of BorrowBox – an opportunity for you to search, issue and download audio books from our Bolinda eAudio service directly to your Android tablet or smartphone, iPad or iPhone.

On the app you can check your account, reserve and download titles, or search or browse by subject directly. And the range is great – you’ll find compelling fiction by authors like Bryce Courtney and Kate Morton, the Twilight series and popular non-fiction – ready to be added to your device, listened to and enjoyed.

To add the free app to your smartphone or tablet, just visit either the Google Play or iTunes app store on your device.

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Take more time to enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks

ereader-on-booksYou may have noticed that we’ve made some changes to our issue periods and renewals. Happily for our eLibrary users, eBook and eAudio loan periods have been boosted to match books in print. All titles in our OverDrive and Bolinda collections can now be issued for 3 weeks! All of them are still absolutely free to borrow, with no overdue charges and free reserves.

Keep up to date with our new eBook and eAudio arrivals through the News Blog staff picks archive.

Our eAudio collection just got a lot bigger!

bolinda logoWe now have a Bolinda Digital subscription, which means you can browse, borrow and download over 800 audiobook titles.

You’ll see that their strength is in Australasian publishing, including some NZ titles, but they also offer international best-sellers.  Similar to our Overdrive subscription, there are audiobooks for all ages available for download.

They are easy to borrow too – you don’t need to download them via special software.  Downloaded titles can be enjoyed on your computer (including Linux-based systems) or transferred to any mobile device capable of playing MP3 files e.g. iPod/ iPad, Sony Walkman, smartphone etc.

Want to know more?  Our eLibrary page has all the details.

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