Too tired to read after Christmas? Just listen.

Cover of 2nd ChanceExhausted after Christmas? Lie on the sofa or stay in bed or distract yourself from the ironing by listening to an audiobook. Download any of these titles free, here’s a selection of the most popular.

Most popular downloaded eAudiobooks

We have well in excess of one thousand and one hundred titles to choose from, so there’s a wide choice. You can search by your favourite genre, how new to us the titles are or when they were released.

You just need to be a library member and get your PIN from your local library.


Our Children & Young People’s eReading Room is live and even more @Child_Leeds Friendly

Click this cover for a(n) eBook sample of The Hunger Games Complete Trilogy.Click this cover for a(n) eBook sample of The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.Not enough time to get down to the library?

Feeling the chill and want to stay indoors but fancy a new read? Or maybe you’re getting a tablet or eReader for Christmas?

Well in addition to our incredibly popular main eBooks and eAudio collection, we’re thrilled to announce a new eReading Room for Children and Young People, making it easier to find the titles aimed at this age group.

With nearly 800 titles to choose from, search by:

Subject (thriller, humour),  Collection (most downloaded, just returned, audio, new),  Level.Click this cover for a(n) Audiobook sample of Mockingjay.

Click here to view eBook details for The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav PilkeyWe’ll be adding titles to the collection on a regular basis and it’s easy to download – Downloading instructions 

All downloads are FREE, and you can download up to 6 titles for 21 days.

Place a hold if a title you like is already out. that’s free too.

You just need  library membership and a PIN number (if you’re a member but don’t have a PIN you can easily get one from your library) Enjoy!









Children and young people can choose from even more eBooks

Cover of Dinosaur BonesChildren and young people will find that the choice of eBooks and eAudioBooks has increased this month. We’ve added lots of titles to the collection and it’s well worth a look. Of course, there are loads of new adult titles as well.
Join the ever increasing number of people who enjoy downloading eBooks and eAudioBooks!
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Fabulous eBooks added every month

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Have you had a look at the new eBooks which we’ve added lately?

Our new buying team’s been busy adding some popular authors and the range is fantastic.

Join our other eBook enthusiasts who now download over 4000 eBooks and eAudio titles a month FREE

You can also download many classics  from the Public Domain collection- these don’t count towards your download total.

Always available classics


Most downloaded eAudiobook?

Gallows ViewLeeds Libraries most popular title by far since we started in 2010  is Peter Robinson’s ‘Gallows View’ – 176 downloads to date.

Second most popular is ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins – 143 downloads. Warhorse by Michale Morpurgo nets 97 outings and then we have a raft of J K Rowling Harry Potters!!

Here’s the link to the latest eAudiobooks added to stock. We add titles all the time and we’re gradually reaching 1000 titles to choose from – currently stands at 921

Other very popular authors include James Patterson, Stuart McBride, Patricia Cornwell, Camilla Lackberg to name but a few. So if you haven’t tried eAudiobooks yet, there’s lots to choose from.


The midnight roseThere’s a great selection of audiobooks in both CD format (recently added titles)  and  eAudiobooks

If you’ve never tried one, the average audiobook has enough content to provide the listener with a week’s worth of entertainment on a long daily commute to work. At the gym, walking the dog, doing the ironing, knitting and crafting – listen while you work and brilliant if you find it hard to see print, hold a book or are dyslexic.

In fact, audiobooks are the fastest growing area in the publishing industry, worth a billion dollars, with millions of people downloading them to their media players or listening to CDs every day.

What makes a book a good candidate to transfer from the printed page to an audiobook? Best sellers obviously, and mysteries that have strong female protagonists generally do well, as do political  thrillers and romance. Non-fiction is a growing market, especially self help books. Narration can make or break an audiobook  – a professional narrator and actors voicing the characters ensure the quality of the writing is not compromised and enhance the listening experience for fans of the author.

Descriptive text might work well in printed copy but  it doesn’t lend itself well to audio so good editing’s important!!

We’re featuring our 5 star rated talking books and eAudiobooks in blog posts this week if you’re looking for ideas of what to listen to.


You’re Booked Website

If you like reading crime books, you might be interested in finding out about the new You’re Booked Website, which has developed from the annual Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Launched earlier this year, the site is an online community for readers and writers of crime fiction and is a great way for readers to get to find out about their favourite authors, discover new writers and join in on discussions on all things book related.

The You’re Booked community aims to keep the Crime Writing Festival spirit going year round, giving readers something they can experience every day, no matter where they are in the world.

The Reader Reviews section is a great way to share reviews of your favourite titles or current reads. To encourage you to post, all book reviews submitted in September and October will be entered into a competition to win an exclusive goody bag of crime books.

If you’re stuck for a book to review, remember that we have a huge range of crime fiction titles available from libraries across Leeds, or you could download an eBook or eAudiobook.