eBooks, eJournals and eMagazines

Welcome to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Digital Library; now the library is always open.

Borrow free emagazines

eMagazines from RBdigital

RBdigital, formerly known as Zinio for Libraries, now combines eMagazines and eAudiobooks in a single app.

What do I need to know?

  • The RBdigital app is available to install from your device’s app store and you can still login using your Zinio for Libraries email/username and password
  • The Zinio for Libraries website address will not change, but all references to Zinio for Libraries has been removed and replaced with RBdigital

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

  • If you are already registered, go straight to RBdigital to view the collection
  • Not yet registered? Create a new account on the RBdigital website, then download the RBdigital app from your device's app store

Benefits of the new RBdigital app

  • Wide range of eMagazines and eAudiobooks  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 eMagazines and eAudiobooks through the one app

View the full list of RBdigital eMagazines that are available to download25 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 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 Vogue, Men's Health, Total Film, BBC Wildlife 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

Note: at the end of the 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.

eGraphic novels from RBdigital

RBdigital, now combines eAudiobooks and eMagazines and eGraphic novels in a single app.

In this online collection there are 70 best selling 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? All you need is a computer (PC or Mac) with broadband access and you can download the selected audiobook, play it on your PC or transfer it to your MP3 player, iPod or even your mobile phone or smartphone. Register on the RBdigital website, then download the RBdigital app from your device's app store.

Benefits of the new RBdigital app

  • 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 eGraphic novels, eAudiobooks and eMagazines through the one app.

Borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks

eBooks from Cloud Library

You can borrow eBooks free from Kensington and Chelsea libraries; 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 will need a valid library card to use the service. 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 four ebooks at a time, for 14 days. You can also reserve two 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

Note: 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).

eAudiobooks from RBdigital

RBdigital, formerly known as OneClickdigital, now combines eAudiobooks 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.

Using RBdigital

Not yet registered? All you need is a computer (PC or Mac) with broadband access and you can download the selected audiobook, play it on your PC or transfer it to your MP3 player, iPod or even your mobile phone or smartphone. Register on the RBdigital website, then download the RBdigital app from your device's app store.

Benefits of the RBdigital app

  • 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 and eMagazines through the one app

Note: you will be unable to transfer protected titles due to the rights of the titles. Protected titles display a padlock symbol.

Access to Research

Access to Research gives public library users free access to a wide range of published academic research through their local library terminal.

Some of the best known UK publishers have made the journal content of 8,400 academic and scientific journals (or over 1.5 million articles) available for free to public library users. Subjects span art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, medicine, politics, philosophy, film, religion, mathematics and the sciences. The content is ideal for students, researches and small businesses, amongst others.

This resource can only be accessed from the library.


eJournals

Kensington and Chelsea libraries now offer you 24-hour access to our eJournal collection which includes sections on financial information, politics and ecology.