eBooks and eAudiobooks
Read or download eBooks and
eAudiobooks from this website for FREE if you are a full Kent Library member
Our entire eBook and eAudiobook
collection is accessible from our online
library catalogue (you can restrict your search to
'eResources') as well as on our individual providers'
Used our eBook services before?
Click on the image for the relevant
provider below, otherwise scroll down the page to learn more about
New to our eBooks services?
Check out our eBooks and
eAudiobooks facts and read on.
A collection of popular fiction and non fiction eAudiobooks
and eBooks for library users to borrow. You can
download eBooks and eAudiobooks onto your own PC/Mac computer,
smartphone, eReader or MP3 player with your normal Kent Library card number and
PIN. Check the list of supported devices.
Since our eLending site upgrade, you can now also read some
eBooks directly from your device's browser (on and off-line). See
the video below for an introduction to the new site and Overdrive
The new website makes use of web technologies such as HTML
5 and CSS 3. 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. If you use the
latest versions of Firefox, Chrome and Safari you will
not need to.
We are working to get the plug-in loaded on
our public PCs but until then you will need to download the
plug-in each time.
You can help Overdrive improve their interface by completing
- Kindles - Due to Amazon's restrictions in the
UK, Overdrive eBooks can currently only be
downloaded on Kindle Fire series eReaders.
Customers wishing to do so need to download Overdrive Media
Console for Android (not Kindle) via
Google Play or our Overdrive
website onto their Kindle Fire. For more details on how
to do this, go to the
OverDrive Help page.
- Library computers - Due to technical and licensing issues,
eAudio downloads are not currently permitted on library
For more details view the Overdrive FAQs. We recommend
you read through the Quick start
guide and/or 'Digital Help' section in the 'Getting
started' box on our
eLending library site before attempting to download any
This is our main non-fiction eBook collection.
It is particularly suited to students, researchers
and users interested in a particular subject.
To use the collection you first need to create
an account. To do this either visit a Kent Library and
register on one of our public computers (call your library in
advance to make a booking to avoid disappointment) or call Ask a Kent Librarian. Please have your Kent
library card handy.
Once the account is created, you can sign on to view
or download eBooks using your login and password from any
internet-enabled computer, including at home and in the
For more details view the dawnsonera FAQs and the
terms and conditions of
The Dawsonera site is live! Enhancements will include:
- A new graphic interface
- Improved searching and saved searches
- New - My Bookshelf, Recently Viewed, My Account
- Custom user alerts
- Social media integration
- Improved navigation and searching within an eBook.
- Not all books are currently available as eBooks or
eAudiobooks, or may not be available to us via the above
- Publishers may restrict the titles available for purchase
by libraries for loan. This may mean that we have access to
some but not all titles in a series or by a particular author, or
that some titles get withdrawn after a time.
- 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. You will need to confirm your online registration in
a library and provide some proof of the above prior to doing
Need some help finding your way round any of the above? Having
technical difficulties? Contact Ask a
Want more free eBooks?
Check our page of links to other free