The ‘E-books for Wales’ service has changed supplier. The new all-Wales service is BorrowBox, which includes e-books in Welsh and English and e-audio books, for adults, children and young people. The range of stock has increased dramatically, and there is also an app for users of mobile devices.
If you used the old Wales e-books service, you can sign in on BorrowBox with your public library card.
If you have e-books on loan with the old service, you can finish your loan period, but any reservations on the old service will not be automatically transferred to the new service. You will need to reserve items again in BorrowBox. Welsh libraries apologise for this inconvenience.
We hope you enjoy using the new service and the much larger range of titles and authors which will be available.
If you are a member of the library, you can download digital versions of books, audiobooks and magazines. Click on the headings below to find out more.
E-books are electronic versions of printed books. You can download them and read them on a tablet computer, an e-book reader, a PC, and on most smart phones.
Not all books are available in e-book format, but the number is increasing all the time, so please check the download sites frequently for new titles.
How do I download an e-book?
The Wales e-books service
has now ended. You will need to register on BorrowBox
to continue to borrow and download free library e-books if you've not already registered.
You can borrow up to 10 e-books (and 10 e-audiobooks) at a time, for 21 days.
The best way to read your e-book is to download the free Borrowbox app for your mobile or tablet from the iTunes Appstore or Google Play store – and you can read on the go! You’ll need your library card number to create your account. If you’re not already a member you can join quickly and easily online.
E-audiobooks are audio books you can download and listen to on your PC, Mac or a range of portable devices.
How do I download an e-audiobook?
You can use two different websites to search for and download e-books:
You can borrow up to 10 e-audiobooks (and 10 e-books) at a time, for 21 days.
The best way to read your e-audiobook is to download the free Borrowbox app for your mobile or tablet from the iTunes Appstore or Google Play store – and you can listen on the go! You’ll need your library card number to create your account. If you’re not already a member you can join quickly and easily online.
You will need to register and create an account using your library card details. You will also need to download the app to your device. You can borrow e-audiobooks for up to three weeks at a time, and you can return them early or renew them if you need to.
E-zines are digital versions of printed magazines. You can download and read them on a tablet computer, an e-book reader, a PC, and on most smart phones.
How do I download an e-zine?
Go to the Wales e-zines website
to search for and download the e-zines you want. There are 260 titles to choose from.
You can have up to 100 titles in your reading list, and there is no time limit on how long you have them. Back issues are available from October 2013 onwards. To read e-zines offline you will need to download the free RBdigital Magazines app to your device.
With ComicsPlus library edition, there are thousands of digital graphic novels and comics for your enjoyment. Read issues immediately – titles are always available. Easy collection browsing.
How do I use ComicsPlus library edition
You can view titles from ComicsPlus library edition through your Web browser on any computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection or download the ComicsPlus library edition app from the Apple App Store.
Customers with Android devices can access Comics Plus through mobile browsers. An Android mobile app is coming late 2016.
Follow the steps below to view titles through your Web browser;
- Go to Comics Plus library edition
- Select Create New Account or Log In in the upper-right-hand corner. (An RB digital Gateway account is required to checkout and view comics and graphic novels. You can create a new account or log in with the credentials you’ve created for another RB digital product, such as Zinio for Libraries).
- Browse over 16,000 titles by genre, publisher, or title, then check out your favourite comics andgraphic novels.
- Easily renew titles or check out expired titles as often as you wish (each checkout is for seven days).
Download the app from the Apple App Store
To use the iOS app, you must first set up an RB digital Gateway account through your library’s website. Once this account is set up, you can use the iOS app by following these instructions:
- Search for “Comics Plus Library Edition” in the Apple App Store and install the app.
- Select the Comics Plus: Library Edition icon on your device’s home screen.
- Select your home library.
- Log in with the same email and password used to create your Comics Plus: Library Edition library account.
You must be a member of the library to use these services. You can join quickly and easily online.