eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, eAudiobooks and eComics

Library members download books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks and comics free online.

eBooks from Cloud Library

Library members can borrow eBooks free for free; all you need is your library card membership number and pin or password. You will be able to read the eBooks via a dedicated app on your computer, tablet, phone or eBook reader. You can browse, borrow and return eBooks via the Cloud Library website in a browser but will need to use the Cloud Library app to download and read them.

Visit the Cloud Library website

  1. Download the app
    Download the Cloud Library app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, NOOK Storefront or install the PC or Mac Cloud Library apps 
     
  2. Log in to your library
    Using the drop down menu, select your Country, region and then library
    Click to agree to terms and log in. Enter your library ID and PIN (if required)
     
  3. Browse, check out and read 
    Now you are ready to browse, check out and read eBooks from your local library
    You can borrow up to six eBooks at a time, for 14 days. You can also reserve three more; when your holds become available, they will be kept for you for three days
     
  4. Transfer eBooks 
    If you have an eReader use the PC app to load the eBook through a USB connection (see the app support tab for detailed instructions)

For more information and support visit the yourcloudLibrary website.

You will not be able to download eBooks using a Kensington and Chelsea library computer or any Kindle product except for the Kindle Fire. (See Instructions for Cloud Library on Kindle Fire).

eMagazines from RBdigital

RBdigital combines eMagazines, eAudiobooks and eComics in a single app.

Read full digital copies of magazines for free using the RBdigital eMagazine service on your computer, smartphone or tablet. 48 different magazine titles are currently available ranging from The Economist to BBC Good Food and much more. RBdigital is available at any time and there is no limit to the number of magazines you can check out or how long you have them. You can also adjust the magazine font size to suit your needs.

Using RBdigital

Not yet registered? Download the RBdigital app for your device's app store, select: 'Not a member? Register now' and create an account in 3 steps:

  1. Choose country
  2. Choose library
  3. Enter Kensington and Chelsea library card number and user information 

If you prefer to read eMagazines on your computer, you can create a new account on the RBdigital website.

Already have an RBdigital account? You can sign in via the app or via the RBdigital website.

Benefits of the RBdigital app

  • Wide range of eMagazines, eAudiobooks and eComics to choose from on the app. You can read/listen them on your smartphone or tablet for free
  • Simpler and more intuitive process for browsing, checking out, downloading and playing an eAudiobook
  • Clearer menu to help you navigate around the app
  • Improved search - ability to restrict search by genre, availability and target audience (e.g. adult, child)
  • See at a glance if a title is available or on loan. If it is on loan there will be an option to place a hold
  • Set the app to only download titles when connected to wifi or to automatically download them once checked out
  • Access to eMagazines, eAudiobooks and eComics through the one app.

View the full list of RBdigital eMagazines that are available to download

  • 25 Beautiful Homes
  • Auto Express
  • BBC Good Food
  • BBC History
  • BBC Music
  • BBC Top Gear
  • BBC Wildlife
  • Computer Shopper
  • Country Living UK
  • Countryfile Magazine
  • Cycling Weekly
  • Digital Camera World
  • Digital SLR Photography
  • Economist - UK edition
  • Elle UK
  • Empire
  • Esquire UK
  • Gardeners' World
  • GQ (British)
  • Good Housekeeping UK
  • Grazia
  • Harper's Bazaar UK
  • Health & Fitness
  • HELLO! magazine
  • Homes & Gardens
  • Ideal Home
  • iPad & iPhone User
  • Living Etc
  • Lonely Planet Traveller
  • Marie Claire - UK
  • Men's Fitness UK
  • Men's Health UK
  • Mother & Baby
  • National Geographic Interactive
  • New Scientist International Edition
  • New Yorker
  • Newsweek Europe
  • PC Pro
  • Red UK
  • Tatler - UK
  • Total Film
  • Vanity Fair - UK
  • Vogue UK
  • Webuser
  • WIRED UK
  • Woman's Own
  • Woman's Weekly
  • Women's Health UK

eMagazines and eNewspapers from PressReader

With over 6,000 publications from over 100 countries in over 60 languages, PressReader is the leading digital magazine and newspaper provider for premium content. Library members can access 1000s of magazines and newspapers in our libraries and on personal devices. 

Read titles like National Post, The Guardian, Washington Post, Vogue, Forbes and much more from all over the world. The new PressReader platform lets you customise your reading experience, gain international perspectives and engage with topics of interest, often online before the print edition.

Using PressReader

  • Go to the PressReader website or download the PressReader app from your smartphone or tablet’s app store
  • Select your library from the dropdown list
  • Sign in with your library membership barcode and pin
  • You can also access PressReader on your own device using wifi in our libraries - launch either the app or the PressReader website (no need to login with your library membership barcode and pin).
  • Library members can access user guides, video tips and more on the PressReader Help Center website.

Every 30 days, go to your account, sign out and then back in again with your library card number to reactivate complimentary access for another 30 days. You may reactivate as many times as you wish. If you are asked to pay for PressReader, do not proceed, but go to your account and sign out and then sign back in by selecting your library name and entering your card number.

eAudiobooks and eComics from RBdigital

RBdigital combines eAudiobooks, eComics and eMagazines in a single app.

In this online collection there are over 600 best-selling eAudiobook titles including great self-help books, novels for children and teenagers, books by your favourite authors and bestsellers. Titles are unabridged and are available 24/7.

This collection also contains 70 best selling comic book compilations including titles from Marvel and IDW (Idea and Design Works), featuring popular heroes such as Deadpool and the Avengers. There is a huge variety of titles including such classics as Daredevil by Miller and modern alternative titles like 110 Percent. Titles are available 24/7.

Using RBdigital

Not yet registered? Download the RBdigital app from your device's app store, select: 'Not a member? Register now' and create an account in 3 steps:

  1. Choose country
  2. Choose library
  3. Enter Kensington and Chelsea library card number and user information

If you prefer to play eAudiobooks/ read eComics on your computer, you can create a new account on the RBdigital website. Audiobooks can be transferred to your MP3 player, iPod or even your mobile or smartphone via the desktop apps available via the RBdigital website. 

Already have an RBdigital account? You can sign in via the app or via the RBdigital website.

Benefits of the RBdigital app

  • Wide range of eAudiobooks, eComics and eMagazines to choose from on the app. You can listen/read them on your smartphone or tablet for free
  • Simpler and more intuitive process for browsing, checking out, downloading and playing an eAudiobook
  • Clearer menu to help you navigate around the app
  • Improved search - ability to restrict search by genre, availability and target audience (e.g. adult, child)
  • See at a glance if a title is available or on loan. If it is on loan there will be an option to place a hold
  • Set the app to only download titles when connected to wifi or to automatically download them once checked out
  • Access to eAudiobooks, eComics and aMagazines through the one app.

You will be unable to transfer protected eAudio titles due to the rights of the titles. Protected eAudio titles display a padlock.