Overdrive’s latest Big Library Read – ‘The Other Einstein’

Every three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!

This time around, we’ll be reading the  ‘The Other Einstein’ from author Marie Benedict.

‘The Other Einstein’ by Marie Benedict offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife who was a brilliant physicist in her own right. Whilst, her contribution to the  theory of relativity is hotly debated, ‘The Other Einstein’ offers readers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.

Join the Big Library Read and start reading ‘The Other Einstein,’ today!

The Big Library Read runs from June 12th to June 26th

Big Library Read with Overdrive ebooks now on!

biglibraryreadEvery three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!

This time around, we’ll be reading the #1 New York Times bestselling book This Is Where It Ends from debut author Marieke Nijkamp —  from October 13th through the 27th.

This is Where it Ends is a fictional account of a school shooting, told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes. Marieke provides a unique and poignant look into what it’s like to experience a school shooting through the eyes of students who are living through it in real time. This title brings to light the subject of school shootings realistically, but without graphic depictions of the violence the students experience.

Once you finish this moving book, join our discussion board to share your thoughts. Join the Big Library Read and start reading This Is Where It Ends today!

The Big Library Read runs from October 13th, to October 27th.

Overdrive cover This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp (eBook)
“A New York Times Bestseller! Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 Someone starts shooting. Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016 Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January Bustle.com 18 of 2016’s Most-Anticipated YA Novels BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now” (Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in July

The Big Library Read is on right now, so join in this global book club with A Murder in Time. If that’s not your cup of tea there are plenty of other great reads new to Overdrive this month. There’s the brand new novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, as well as the highly praised debut novel from Garth Greenwell and several excellent pieces of New Zealand fiction. Never tried eBooks before? Check out how to get started here.

Overdrive cover A Murder in Time, by Julie McElwain (eBook)
“When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Black Earth White Bones, by Chris Else (eBook)
“From one of New Zealand’s most thoughtful writers, not just a finely crafted novel but a whole country, complete with dark undertones. In this, his fifth novel, Chris Else has created an utterly convincing Polynesian setting with its own brilliantly realised language, culture, flora and fauna. His humour and wisdom are at once merciless and forgiving as he uses language to explore man’s – and woman’s – deep-seated need to be both an individual and to belong.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell (eBook)
“On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter, by Tom Mendicino (eBook)
“S. Gagliano & Son has been a barber shop fixture in South Philly for decades. Frankie and Michael presides over the store, enlisting his children as soon as they’re big enough to wield a broom. On their mother’s deathbed, eight-year-old Frankie swears that he and his little brother will always take care of each other. After their father’s death, Frankie takes over the shop and Michael becomes a successful prosecutor. Then comes an unthinkable, impulsive act that will force Michael to choose between risking his comfortable life and keeping a sacred oath.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Naturalist, by Thom Conroy (eBook)
“Based on the real life of Dr Ernst Dieffenbach who arrived in New Zealand in 1839 as a naturalist. What he discovered was fascinating, but what his records didn’t reveal was his own intriguing story. As a young idealist, he plotted a revolution in the name of equality. Imprisoned and then exiled, he fled to London. He hoped to redeem his reputation by joining the expedition to New Zealand. But as he was to discover, the complexities of freedom, exile and equality could not be left behind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Barkskins, by Annie Proulx (eBook)
“An epic, dazzling, violent, dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over 300 years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson (eBook)
“A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn’t know a lot about who she is or where she’s come from – but she’s about to find out. Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare’s original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gilded Hour, by Sara Donati (eBook)
“A magnificent epic about two pioneering women doctors in 19th-century New York. The year is 1883, and in New York City it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and the city in the grip of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Dr Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie – both graduates of the Women’s Medical School – treat the city’s most vulnerable. Even when doing so puts all they’ve worked for in jeopardy…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa (eBook)
“Palestine, 1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod and sent to live in a refugee camp in Jenin. Through Amal, the bright granddaughter of the patriarch, we witness the stories of her brothers: one, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who in sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause will become his enemy. Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetime.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

American Sniper is the new #BigLibraryRead

biglibreadEvery three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club! This time the Big Read is the book American Sniper (available as an eBook and eAudio) and the bookgroup runs from now until Thursday 31 March.

About the book:

American Sniper is the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and was the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.


Big Library Read with Overdrive ebooks now on!

Every three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’.  Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!  (There are even discussion questions if you’re interested here and here).  This time the big read will be running from Thursday October 8th until Wednesday the 21st.

The latest offerings are two young adult novels – The door in the hedge’ by Robin McKinley and In the shadows of blackbirds’ by Cat Winters.  This is the first time two different books have been offered at once and these two were chosen by library staff and the public, who were able to vote for their favourite choice.  They should be good then!

Overdrive cover The Door in the Hedge, by Robin McKinley (eBook)
Robin McKinley is a well known and award-winning young adult writer. This book is a collection of fantasy stories about faerieland featuring princes, princesses, frogs and other fairy tale characters you’ll know well.


Overdrive cover In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters (eBook)
On a completely different note is Cat Winter’s novel – a historical horror romance mash-up. It’s about a young woman in America dealing with the 1918 Spanish influenza outbreak, who has to struggle not just with a world in turmoil but also ghosts of those who have succumbed to the illness.
Both of these titles are available from Overdrive, in our elibrary.  From October 8th, the start of the big read, for the two following weeks they will be available for anyone who wants to borrow them – no waiting or reserving!


link to blog post about the big library read

Big library read on now: unlimited eBook/eAudio downloads for suspense title, ‘Eyes on you’

big-lib-read-eyes-postFor the first time, we’re able to provide both the eBook and digital audio book copy of ‘Eyes on you’ by Kate White as a simultaneous reading option through OverDrive’s ‘Big library read,’ initiative which is happening from now until Tuesday 23 June.

Accurately described as a global book club, ‘Big library read’ provides you with the option to download and/or stream copies of ‘Eyes on you’ at the very same time with the aim of provoking conversation, interest and reading as event. If you’re interested in discussing ‘Eyes on you,’ further with others then download this brief  ‘Discussion guide,‘ to get started.

Check out the sample below for the first few chapters of the eBook and go here for a listening sample to the audio book. If you’re interested in reading or listening to similar titles, we’ve even curated a list of Eyes on you’ read-a-likes’ on our OverDrive page (under ‘Featured Collections’) for your enjoyment…

link to blog post about the big library read

New ‘Big library read’ eBook – ‘Shakespeare saved my life’

OverDrive’s latest ‘Big library read’ eBook and essential candidate for your next digital book club offering is ‘Shakespeare saved my life,’ by Laura Bates.

eBooks through our OverDrive website are normally one copy one user, but several times a year, OverDrive work with renowned authors and publishers to provide an eBook title all customers can use at once. ‘Shakespeare saved my life,’ will be available for simultaneous lending from March 18th to the 1st of April. Read a sample from Laura Bates eBook here:

If you’d like to join our OverDrive service for the first time follow this handy ‘Getting started’ tutorial from our OverDrive Help service. Enjoy!


New “Big Library Read” eBook title provides Keys to the Kitchen!

Thousands of libraries across the world have joined the latest ‘Big Library Read’ programme, providing the cookbook, ‘Keys to the Kitchen,’ in eBook format to any library borrower who wants it! BigLibraryRead_FBgraphic

Our eBooks are usually limited to how many copies we can provide at any one time, but eBook provider OverDrive and publisher Chronicle Books have allowed unlimited simultaneous access to this title – the latest by Food Network’s chef, Aida Mollenkamp – between the 18th of February to the 6th of March. You can issue the title for the usual 1,2 or 3 weeks as well.

The Daily Mail nominated this tasty title as ‘Food Book of the Week,’ and said:

…she makes an impressive job of it, with detailed, clear and simple advice on shopping for food, storing it, ingredients, prepping techniques, equipment, and so on…anyone who takes the time to follow her advice will be repaid many times over.

All you need to get started with our OverDrive eBook and digital audiobook service, and this latest Big Library Read title, is your Wellington City Libraries’ card and your Overdrive software.

If you haven’t used our Overdrive eBooks (or eAudiobooks) before, visit the OverDrive Help page to get started.  If you’d rather read it in print format, we also have Keys to the Kitchen in our Cookery book collections at Central, Johsonville, Tawa and Kilbirnie libraries.

Overdrive Big Library Read

BigLibraryRead300x250Do you enjoy eBooks? Do you regularly download titles from our Overdrive eBook Library? If you do, then take part in this month’s Overdrive Big Library Read!

What is this, we can hear you asking? Well, library users from all over the world (including many NZ public libraries) are downloading and reading the same title on Overdrive between now and 1 June (there’s no limit on who can check this title out — we have as many simultaneous checkouts as we need!).

The book is:

The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone. Here’s a summary, see what you think:

“Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and, for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode, the sky has become a home the earth has never been. So when her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wish, one both absurd and mysterious, no is the easiest of answers. Until she hears that the reward is the one thing she always wanted.” (Drawn from Syndetics)

Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael MaloneOverdrive Big Library Read is a pilot project, but we’re really excited to see it kick off.  So, if this inspires you, download the book and happy reading!

(Let us know what you think of it!)