The Milton Keynes Libraries eBooks service allows library members to download books onto a computer or eBook reader. You need to be a library member to use the eBooks service but anyone can join the library.
- eBooks are FREE to download.
- You can download up to 5 eBooks for up to 3 weeks.
- Loans automatically expire after 3 weeks - avoiding overdue items and charges.
- Both fiction and non-fiction titles are available in EPUB formats.
You can download our eBooks onto:
- PCs, MACs and all eBook readers (except Kindle as Amazon do not currently allow Kindle titles to be lent by public libraries in Europe).
- iPads, iPhones and Android phones.
BUT you will not be able to download onto or via a library computer.
Please note that library staff cannot advise on technical matters relating to downloading eBooks to devices.
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for information on the eBook service and system requirements.
You can always recommend an item for adding to lending stock by using the online form or you can fill in a form at one of our libraries.
If you have a question please email us with your eBook query.
- How does the eBook Service work?
- How do I choose an eBook to download?
- What is an Adobe ID? Why do I need one? How do I get one?
- What software is used to download eBooks onto my PC/MAC?
- What are the minimum System Requirements?
- How long does the eBook stay on my PC/MAC or eBook Reader?
- Can I extend the loan period?
- If an eBook is being used, can I create a reservation?
- How long have I got to download the eBook when my reserved title becomes available for me to download?
- Can I download to an Amazon Kindle Reader?
- Why won't your eBooks work on my Reader?
- The title I wish to read is listed as being out on loan. As this is not a physical book, why can't it be downloaded an infinite number of times?
- Can I download a title more than once during the loan period?
- How do I return an eBook once I have finished reading it?
- Are all books available in eBook format?
- Which Readers are compatible with your service?
- Can I download directly to my Apple iPhone/iPad?
- Can I download directly to my Android device?
- How do I transfer my eBook to my Reader?
- Can I use this service when I go on holiday abroad?
- Who do I contact if there is a problem?
Using your Library Card and pin, a Milton Keynes Libraries user can login into a secure eBook service and select up to 5 eBooks to download at any one time.
- Logon to the Milton Keynes Libraries eBook service using your Library Card and PIN.
- Select the title you wish to download by either browsing by 'Latest Arrivals' or by 'Genre', or by entering text into the search field.
- Select by clicking on the title.
- If the title is available and wish to download it, click on 'Add to basket'. (If the title is out on loan you will be able to place a reservation).
- This will take you to the Basket Items Screen.
- You will notice that the title has been reserved for 30 Minutes to give you time to consider any other titles you may wish to download, up to the maximum of 5.
- When you are ready, click on the 'Checkout' button. The title will then be issued to you at which point you can start the download process to your PC/MAC/Device.
- Depending on the eBook Reader the system will either take you to the Adobe Digital Editions download manager and then onto your Adobe Digital Editions virtual bookshelf or to the eBook Reader software where the Reader's own software will manage the download, virtual bookshelf and syncing with the Reader. (Details on this will be available with your Reader or on the eBook Readers vendor's website).
An Adobe ID is required to authenticate your eReader for use with our service. When a title is downloaded, it is locked to your Adobe ID. This prevents unauthorised sharing of the titles. All your devices must be assigned the same Adobe ID for them to be able to read your loan titles.
If you do not have an Adobe ID, please create one via the Adobe web site.
For PC/MAC users and all readers listed below, eBooks are downloaded using the standard eBook software Adobe Digital Editions. The first time you try to download an eBook you will be prompted to download and install Adobe Digital Editions if this software is not already on your PC/MAC.
The minimum system requirements for Adobe® Digital Editions are:
- Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Intel® Pentium® 500MHz processor
- 128MB of RAM
- 800x600 monitor resolution
- Mac OS X v10.4.10 or v10.5
- PowerPC® G4 or G5 500MHz processor
- 128MB of RAM
- Mac OS X v10.4.10, v10.5 or v10.6
- 500MHz processor
- 128MB of RAM
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox 3, Google Chrome for Windows
- Adobe Flash® Player 9 or 10
- Apple Safari 4, Mozilla Firefox 3
These specifications are provided by Adobe and if you have any queries please visit the Adobe site.
The eBook is for a loan period up to a maximum of 21 days at which point the eBook will expire and no longer be readable on your PC or eBook Reader. The eBook then becomes available for another user to download. We advise selecting fewer than 21 days before downloading if you wish to fully utilise your 5 loan entitlement and are likely to read the book in less than 21 days.
No. If you have not finished with the eBook, you can download it again if there are no reservations attached to the eBook. If there are reservations then you will need to add your details to the reservation list and you will be notified when the eBook becomes available for you to borrow.
Yes, the eBook service allows you to reserve an eBook which has already been downloaded. If you include your email address with the reservation you will be alerted as soon as the title becomes available.
How long have I got to download the eBook when my reserved title becomes available for me to download?
We allow 3 days for the eBook to be downloaded at which point the eBook is offered to the next reservation or returns to our eBook stock to be accessed by other users.
No, the Amazon device is a proprietary format and as such does not allow library loaned material which adheres to an open standard.
Only Readers that support the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in ePub format can view our eBooks. We have to implement this protection method as part of our licensing agreement with publishers. Failure to use DRM would result in the titles being removed from our offering. Please check your Reader's guide to see whether it supports these formats or visit Adobe Digital Editions website.
The title I wish to read is listed as being out on loan. As this is not a physical book, why can't it be downloaded an infinite number of times?
The eBook library model works in the same way as the library loans model. A book, regardless of its format, can only be borrowed by one user at any one time. However, we keep a close eye on waiting lists and will try to respond to demand by purchasing additional copies wherever possible, although this can never be guaranteed because of budget restrictions.
In the unlikely event of a failed download or a PC/MAC or Reader malfunction an eBook can be downloaded from the Milton Keynes Libraries eBook service from within your login via the 'Manage Loans/Reservations' screen, for the duration of the loan period.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to 'return' an eBook once it is taken out on loan. Strict publishing agreements prevent us from reissuing a title before the expiration date on the downloaded book has passed. This is because we are unable to determine whether a 'returned' book still exists on any of your devices. Reissuing a title which still exists on a previous borrowers device would lead to us breaking our agreements with Publishers and could result in the Publisher removing their titles from our service.
Only a small percentage of printed physical books are available as an eBook. There are also some UK Publishers who do not allow their eBook titles to be loaned. The number of e-titles for loan is increasing all the time. Please check the Milton Keynes Libraries eBook Service frequently for new titles added.
We recommend that you download your titles onto your PC or MAC before transferring them to your Reader.
Visit the Adobe web site for the current list of devices compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. If your device is not listed then we suggest you contact your device manufacturer to check if your eReader supports Adobe DRM titles.
A Popular eBook app for Apple iTouch, iPhone or iPad is Bluefire Reader and for Android users we recommend using Aldiko or Bluefire.
Although we would always recommend that you download to a PC or MAC before transfering your title to your Reader, we do however allow you to download directly to your iPhone or iPad.
In order to successfully download to your Apple device you must have the Bluefire Reader app installed. Once installed and configured with your Adobe ID you can start to download your titles by browsing this site from your Apple device.
Although we would always recommend that you download to a PC or MAC before transfering your title to your Reader, we DO however allow you to download directly to your Android Device.
In order to successfully download to your Android device you must have the Aldiko or Bluefire app installed. Once installed and configured with your Adobe ID you can start to download your titles by browsing this site from your device.
Please refer to your Reader's user guidelines.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this service outside of the UK due to strict agreements we have in place with Publishers.
If you have a query concerning eBooks please email us at Central Library.
For any queries regarding your computer or eBook Reader, please contact your manufacturer's technical support.
Last Updated: 22 September 2017