e-books are go in Derbyshire

Free books can now be downloaded to your eBook reader or smartphone thanks to a new service introduced by Derbyshire County Council libraries.

To take advantage, members of Derbyshire’s library service need to go to the Derbyshire County Council website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ebooks

They can register for the service and then start downloading or reserving the titles they want.

Those who are not already a member of Derbyshire County Council libraries should go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries and join online.

Alternatively you can visit your local library with identification.

The authority has invested £5,000 in hundreds of eBooks which can be downloaded to any PC, laptop, ebook reader or up-to-date smartphone.

Although they are free to borrow like any library book, there is no need to visit a library to register for or borrow one.

Readers do not need to remember to return it as it will simply delete itself from your device when the three-week loan is up – following a 24-hour warning.

Currently, market leader Amazon does not allow loaned books to be used on its Kindle device but this may change in the future.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Andrew Lewer said: “This is an exciting new service for our libraries and we hope it goes from strength to strength.

“We hope the introduction of eBooks will encourage even more people to use our library service and enjoy reading.”