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Old 08-14-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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ebooks in UK libraries?

anyone know if there are any plans to introduce an online library for us in the UK where we can download ebooks for free (legally)

90% of the books i have bought i will never read again so would be great for me
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:55 AM   #2
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Yes, I agree that this would be a good move. I'd be interested to hear if it's ever been considered.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:19 AM   #3
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See our wiki:
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libraries

If you're in Essex or Cheshire, then no problem.

But remember that you can pay for access to some foreign libraries.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:33 AM   #4
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I didn't know that Cheshire had them - I shall have to investigate .
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:00 PM   #5
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I contacted my local library service to ask if they had any plans to introduce an ebook service, and they said that they would like to but don't have funds at the moment. They recognised that it's a growing area of interest but feel it would have to be an addition to other services and can't do it yet.

It was encouraging but I think it will be a while before ebooks are available in many libraries.
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:25 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info, ill check out some of the membership options and i'll call in at my local library and ask to see what there doing
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:25 AM   #7
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There doesn't seem to be an entry for UK (or Britain) in http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libraries, although there are a couple listed under England. As far as I can see, neither of the libraries listed there do ebooks in the usual sense of the term, but rather audio books in WMF format.
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Old 08-15-2009, 11:35 AM   #8
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Ah. Clearly it's time to ask our lending libraries to get more active in this area.
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Luton Library does some:
http://lutonlibraries.lib.overdrive....ookFiction.htm

but the collection is pitifully small, and PDFs only I think.
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