Check out these eBooks from OverDrive to read over summer, something from all genres.
Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Once Lost simultaneously for free.
For a two-week period from 7 to 21 September, you can borrow the eBook Once Lost by Ber Carroll. There will be no waiting for this popular modern family story. Put a hold and now and you’ll be notified when Together we read starts.
Once Lost is about two women, Louise and Emma, who grew up as best friends living next door to each other in a grim inner-city suburb of Dublin. Now Louise, an art conservator, is thousands of miles away in Sydney, restoring a beautiful old painting. She meets a man, whose family welcomes her as one of their own, but she will always feel lost until she finds her mother who walked out when she was just eight years old.
Back in Dublin, Emma is stuck in a job where she is under-appreciated and underpaid, but her biggest worry is her ex-partner, Jamie. Emma has lost so much because of Jamie: her innocence, her reputation, almost her life. Now she is at risk of losing Isla, her young daughter.
Together We Read is facilitated by the OverDrive platform for eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Right at the end of the School Holidays I succumbed to ‘The bug’.
Temperature, shivers, face-ache, sneezing, splutterings, sore throat, several hot-water bottles, over the counter meds and copious amounts of tea/coffee/honey, lemon and ginger combos later, I am now dealing with a more head cold-like scenario. What really upset me is my diligence in having the Flu Jab appears to have been for nowt!! Swiftly moving on …
Streaming eyes and almost constant nose-blowing meant that the only source of entertainment I could tolerate was talking-books … Plug in and LISTEN. So I did.
First offering from OverDrive audiobooks was Round the Horne Movie Spoofs. In my weakened state I managed several wry smiles – OK 1960s British ‘camp’ humour admittedly, but quite clever for all that although one offering was sufficient as smiling wasn’t helping the face & teeth-ache symptoms!
Second offering was The Captive Queen the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine – wife of two kings – King Louis VII of France and King Henry II of England, and mother of such notables as Richard the Lionheart and King John (of ‘Magna Carta’ fame). I just thanked my lucky stars that I didn’t live in huge, draughty castles and gratefully placed my hot water bottles in my ‘nest of rest’ set-up for the requisite warmth and comfort.
Third offering I had picked up from the library prior to being ‘felled’ – I persevered, but really CDs don’t work in a sick-room environment. The constant getting up to change the discs is tiring. It takes forever to rearrange yourself back to that exact comfortable position you had previously discovered. But then, adding insult to injury, just as you start to feel relaxed and drowsy, the sonorous tones of the narrator announce that ‘this ends Disc xx’. Do this manoeuvre fifteen times and you are ready to hurl said CD Player through the bedroom window. Common sense prevailed as this would have left me both freezing cold and wet as rain lashed down the east coast of the South Island. Sufficed to say I can remember little of the plot or characters.
Final offering is a BBC Radio dramatization of an Ellis Peters ‘Cadfael’ mystery and will keep me going until I feel ready to open the physical pages of a book.
My listening choices will, in all probability, not be yours, BUT the variety that is available is a fantastic resource to have with just a library card and a Pin/Password.
We are pleased to introduce you to the latest member of the OverDrive family, Libby. Libby is a brand new, easy to use app for OverDrive eBooks and eAudioBooks.
Get Libby for Android, iOS and Windows.
Libby isn’t replacing the OverDrive app, so if you’re a current user of the OverDrive app you can keep on using it. But if you are a new user — or a current OverDrive app user interested in a new reading experience — give Libby a try.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict is this month’s Big Library Read. You can get this eBook on OverDrive right now – no holds, no queues, unlimited copies. Meet Mileva Marić, The Other Einstein. Learn all about this remarkable woman by participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries, Big Library Read.
In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. This is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.
Perhaps the question should be who made pie? Art of the Pie by pie-guru Kate McDermott is this month’s Big Library Read (March 16-30) on OverDrive, and quite frankly who doesn’t like pie? We can all take this Pie together right now – the Big Library Read means library customers around the world can simultaneously borrow an eBook.
I personally love a good pie and also appreciate Kate’s rules of pie making and life:
- Keep everything chilled especially yourself
- Keep your Boundaries
This book is American so we are talking sweet – apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie and many more. We have pastry options including gluten free, vegan and no-bake and even tips for high altitude pie making.
What, no steak and cheese? Never fear there is a section on Meat Pies where you pick your own seasoning. Other international classics such as shepherd’s pie and English pork pie get a mention too.
Kate McDermott has taught the time-honoured craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.
Check out Art of the Pie and remember always blow on the pie!
Find Art of the Pie in our collection.
More about the Big Library Read
Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook, using Overdrive one of our eBook platforms. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on BigLibraryRead.com. The free program runs for two weeks from March 16 to 30 2017 and to get started reading, all that is needed is a Christchurch City Libraries card and PIN/password
Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Worlds Apart simultaneously for free.
For a two-week period beginning today, you can borrow the eBook Worlds Apart by Ber Carroll. There will be no waiting for this popular modern family story.
Worlds Apart is about two women, cousins and best friends, who are worlds apart and one secret that changes everything. As two women desperately try to find their place in this world in Ireland and Australia, a shocking family secret comes to light, and nothing will ever be the same again. Ber Carroll’s novel is a story about modern-day women, their relationships, family dynamics, conflicts and ambitions.
Together We Read is facilitated by the OverDrive platform for eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Eat. Sleep. Read. Scott Pack’s t-shirt made a nice statement and I felt an immediate affinity. Eloquently introduced by Tracy Farr author of The Life and loves of Lena Gaunt, this could well turn out to be one of my favourite sessions. Scott Pack could quite easily give up his day job and become a stand-up comic, a lovely British self deprecating humour always wins me over.
Changing the title of the talk to How to accidentally become a publisher: A story in 10 books is a crowd-winning way to lead us through his career in publishing. It turns out that Scott Pack is a bit of a risk taker who surprisingly listens to Radio New Zealand, (but more about that later). The books he uses are varied and prove a clever way to describe career highlights.
Blood Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds
Scott Pack left Waterstones where he had worked for about 10 years and became involved in The Friday Project. Ebooks have taken off by this point and bloggers were also starting to make their mark. Tom Reynolds had been writing a very popular blog about his life as an ambulance driver, so The Friday Project were the first publishers to turn digital on its head and publish a digital format ie a blog into a print format book. It became a best seller, and as we know the rest is history as there are now any number of blogs becoming books.
White Noise by Don De Lillo
White Noise was used to highlight the National Radio story. Scott Pack suffers from tinnitus and finds it much harder to get rid of the white noise sound when it is quiet at night. After trial and error he came upon the solution of listening to Radio New Zealand, which gave him something good to listen to but because it wasn’t necessarily British or local he could also go to sleep and not get too caught up in the interviews as he would with a British made programme. This led to his next book The Life and loves a Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr. He heard it read on Radio New Zealand, loved it, contacted Tracy and ended up publishing her along with Fiona Kidman and Damian Wilkins all in the space of about 5 months.
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
The Wisdom of Crowds was a nice lead into one of Scott Pack’s latest venture Unbound – kickstarter (or crowdsourcing) for books. The curators of the site put up a chapter of a book that has been submitted by a writer that they think shows some merit. As a reader you get to like a book and give the amount of money that you think it is worth to the kickstarter or crowdsourcing site. If the book raises enough money it is published and you get your name in the back of the book. Authors can also offer other means for you to support them – a chef for example who is trying to get his/her book published could (for a price) to come to your house and cook you dinner.
Lastly he talked about and area that he is obviously passionate about. He is on the hunt for lost, forgotten or out of print books. The Iron Chariot by Stein Riverton was apparently the 2nd best Norwegian crime novel of all time. (Why 2nd best no one seems to know) but it is long out of print and has now been translated. Scandinavian crime is still a ‘thing’ and he hopes it will sell well.
Plenty of food for thought, this was a great session for aspiring writers…and I think there were a few in the audience, but it was also highly entertaining and informative for those of us who just love books and enjoy listening to someone who shares their enthusiasm.
We are very lucky at Christchurch City Libraries to be blessed with a trinity of eBook platforms. OverDrive, Askews and Wheelers all have their own individual characters and strong points. OverDrive with its sheer size tends to take the bulk of our eBook market. This is probably not surprising considering it is our largest, oldest (introduced 2008!), and most familiar platform.
If you love your eBooks like me then please don’t forget that there are other options apart from OverDrive. Like two scrawny kids on the sidelines wanting to prove their worth to you Askews and Wheelers are waiting for their chance …
- Askews: Britannia’s eBook collection with assorted British titles, authors and publishers. These titles are best enjoyed with a cup of tea and cucumber sandwiches while watching the polo. If you get nervous around horses and don’t like cucumber then a random couch with potato chips is just as useful.
- Wheelers: As Kiwi as Billy T and just as entertaining with its New Zealand focused content and authors. It includes hundreds of titles including the West coast based mystery and Booker Prize winner The Luminaries and Dan Carter talking all about himself. I mean where else are you going to find a title like The Great Weta Robbery?
Remember size is not everything and these smaller gems can reveal a new world of literary content. All you will need is a library card number and password/PIN and a willingness to go off the eBook beaten track.
오늘 아침 파란 하늘에서 가을 냄새가났습니다. 책을 들고 무심히 앉았다 갑자기 마음이 바빠집니다. 이방 저방 다니며 걷어낸 이불을 널고나니 이제야 한 숨돌림니다. 올 여름은 유난히 더웠습니다. 그 따갑던 햇살이 그리워지겠죠….. 가을이 눈앞에 와 있네요.
이 달에 소개할 책들입니다.
최고의 삶은 내가 원하는 나로 만들거나 내가 원하는 나를 만나 나답게, 내일을 약속하는 삶을말합니다. 내일을 약속하는 삶의 귀결점은 행복입니다…… 내일을 약속하는 삶의 가장 아름다운 종착역은 첫 선택, 마지막 결정을 어떻게 하느냐에 따라 종착지가 푸르런 숲을 만나거나 황량한 들판을 마주하는 차이입니다. 그 해답은 자신에게 있습니다.- 김장한 작가의 e-Book ‘조금은 서툴고 흔들리는 그대에게 왜 사느냐고 묻거든’ 중에서
안소영 작가의 ‘시인 동주’는 별 헤는 밤, 자화상, 서시 등 한국인이 가장 사랑하는 시인 윤동주의 삶을 소설 형식으로 쓴 책입니다. 아무도 시를 쓰려 하지 않던 시대에, 묵묵히 위대한 문학을 이루어 낸 시인 윤동주의 이야기, 거기에 일제 강점기와 식민지에 대해 이해하기 쉬운 설명과 묘사로 어른뿐 아니라 청소년들에게도 근현대 역사와 문학을 이해할 수 있는 좋은 계기가 되어 줄 책입니다.
도서관에서 준비한 아이들 방학 행사 잊지 말고 챙기세요.