eBooks, eAudiobooks and Digital Magazines
Our Digital Collection gives you 24-hour access to hundreds of eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines from the comfort of your home or on the move. It is available to members of Newcastle Libraries who live in the North East.
- Download up to 5 eBooks at a time to a home computer or mobile device.
- Download up to 5 eAudiobooks at a time to a home computer or mobile device.
- Maximum loan period of 28 days.
Titles are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, so there are no late returns and no overdue items. The App is compatible with a range of devices - consult the 'help' section when logged into BorrowBox for more information. Select 'BorrowBox Library' from the Apple App store or Google Play to download the BorrowBox app to your device. When logging into App for the first time you need to select Newcastle Libraries - UK.
- Download up to 10 eAudiobooks at a time to a home computer or mobile device.
- Maximum loan period of 21 days.
Titles are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, so there are no late returns and no overdue items. The App is compatible with most devices, excluding the Amazon Kindle. Select 'RBdigital' from the Apple App store or Google Play to download the RBdigital app to your device.
RBdigital Magazines and Comics
- View a range of popular magazines and comics on a desktop or mobile device.
- No loan period, so magazines can be read at your leisure!
- There are no overdue fees simply delete the title when you have read it.
- Select 'RBdigital' from the Apple App store or Google Play to download the RBdigital app to your device.
Other free Apps
We believe knowledge and culture exist to be shared - we do not want to limit your choice of reading/listening material simply because they are not part of our collections! Therefore we have compiled below a list of other sources where you will find eBooks and/or eAudiobooks that you can legally download and use - for free. This is possible because the sources listed offer books that are either in the public domain (meaning the copyright has expired) or under a Creative Commons licence (the copyright owner is allowing you to copy and share the book for free under some conditions).
Alongside its commercial offer, Feedbooks has a collection of free-to-download eBooks in the public domain. You will find all your favourite classics (fiction and non-fiction) in easy-to-browse themes.
The place to go for eAudiobooks, LibriVox has a whole community of volunteers who read and record public domain books for others to listen and enjoy.
- Open access eBooks on JSTOR
On Open Access books on JSTOR you will find recent scholarly eBooks under Creative Commons licences. More titles from academics at different universities covering several topics will be added over time.
- Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg started with volunteers typing up books that are in the public domain to make electronic versions available to everyone. Nowadays they digitise and proofread them, and also create audio-book versions. Perfect if you are looking for classics.
- Open Library
Open Library is a project of the Internet Archive aiming to index all the books published in the world (!) It is a free service but you will need to register online as a borrower. Most of the books available are public domain books which have been digitised by a library.
- Authors’ websites
Some authors propose free e-books on their websites (like bands do with free downloadable tracks!) so it’s always worth checking if your favourite author is one of those. For example, Cory Doctorow puts most of his books for download on his website under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivatives licence, meaning you can download and read a copy for free.