eBooks and eAudiobooks
Read or download eBooks and eAudiobooks for
FREE if you are a full Kent
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Find out more about our Overdrive eBook and eAudiobook service
and the Dawsonera eBook
"This is an absolutely brilliant service, which allows me, my
husband and my children to download books onto my e-reader (which
was a present), and to take all of our books with us everywhere
[..] and to be able to do this using the fantastic free services of
Kent Libraries, this is even better." V.G.
a collection of popular fiction and non fiction eBooks and
eAudiobooks for library users to borrow. You can download
them onto your own computer, smartphone, tablet, eReader or MP3
player with your normal Kent Library
card number and PIN. Check the list
of supported devices and
view our Overdrive
You will need to download some free software to borrow and read
eBooks and eAudiobooks. We recommend you read through the Quick start guide and
section on our eLending library site before attempting to
download any content.
You can now also read some eBooks (on and off-line)
directly on your computer, or mobile device if it has a web
browser. If you use Internet Explorer 9 or older, you will be
prompted to complete a one-time install of the Google Chrome Frame
plug-in on your computer. The plug-in is free and only takes a few
seconds to install.
You can help Overdrive improve their website by completing their
- Kindles - Due to Amazon's restrictions in the
UK, Overdrive eBooks can only be downloaded on Kindle Fire series
eReaders. Customers wishing to do so need to download
Overdrive Media Console via the
Amazon app store or our Overdrive website onto their Kindle
Fire. An alternative version for 1st generation Kindle Fires is
- Library computers - Due to technical and licensing issues,
eBook and eAudio downloads are not currently permitted on
Overdrive News - latest enhancements
- Renew a borrowed title if nobody else has it 'on hold' (i.e.
reserved). The renew option becomes available on your Bookshelf
three days before the title is scheduled to expire. You will only
be able to renew a title once.
Dawsonera is our main
non-fiction eBook collection. It is particularly suited to
students, researchers and users interested in a
To use this collection you need to create an
account. This requires you to either visit a Kent Library and
register on one of our public computers or to call Ask a Kent Librarian (have your Kent library
Once the account is created, you can sign on to view
or download eBooks using your login and password from any
internet-enabled computer or mobile device.
For more details view the Dawnsonera FAQs and the
terms and conditions of
Version 4.2, just released, implements ‘responsive design’ which
makes the service easier to access for users of mobile
Important - limitations
- Books are not always available as eBooks or
eAudiobooks, or may not be available to us via the above
- Publishers may restrict the range of titles available for
purchase by libraries for loan. This means that we may only
have access to some titles in a series or by a particular author.
Some titles may also become unavailable for us to purchase,
preventing us from getting additional copies.
- A title may only be available to us in a certain format (e.g.
EPUB but not PDF; WMA but not MP3).
- For licensing reasons, only people who live, study or work in
Kent can access our online resources and eBooks/ eAudiobooks
remotely. If you joined online or via our app, you will need to
confirm your membership in a library.
- Both services allow you to suggest titles to add to our
collections. Purchase is subject to available
Need some help finding your way round any of the above? Having
technical difficulties? Contact Ask a
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