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The e-books service enables you to search for, download and read over 900 books free of charge.

All you need is your library card number and PIN to Log in and and follow the e-books from RB Digital,  you will then need to create a RB Digital account, ensure you have a Adobe ID and you are away!


How does it work?

You can borrow up to 10 e-books at one time, they are loaned to you for three weeks and will automatically expire and be deleted when the three weeks are completed.

You need to be a member of Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire Libraries, so you can log in using your library card number and PIN.
Don't have a PIN? Request one here!

Once logged in follow the link for 'e-books from RB Digital' to access the RB Digital site. You will need to create a RB Digital account, if you do not have one already for downloading e-audio. Click on on the link 'Create a New Account' and complete the short form to do this.

You will also need an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions downloaded so the books download and expire correctly. This is a free one off set up process, once completed you will not need to do it again.
To create a Adobe Digital ID click here.
To download Adobe Digital Editions click here.

Download a step-by-step guide to using the e-books service here - 652kb pdf


What devices are compatible?

The service will work on all PCs and computers as long as Adobe Digital Editions works. It will also work on smart phones, tablets, and the majority of e-readers. It will not work on a standard Kindle e-reader, as Amazon have limited these to their own e-books and store. However, a Kindle Fire will work as this is a tablet.
There is more information about this on the RB Digital site.
Log in here and then click on 'e-books from RB Digital' to access the site and learn more.


Can I Renew?

You can renew a maximum of 3 times. When your title is nearing the expiration date, the 'Renew' button can be found on the 'My Collections/Checked Out tab beside the 'Download Now' button for each title. If the book has been requested you will not be allowed to renew it, you will have to place a hold and request it.
You cannot renew using Adobe Digital Editions.


Can I return a book early?

Yes, but only through Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), they cannot be returned early via the RB Digital site.
To return in ADE right click on the book and select 'Return Borrowed Item'. The return will be registered then in your RB Digital account and on the app.


I cannot see the title I want!

The collection holds over 2,500 titles, we add more e-books every month, however like the physical library we will not be able to offer every title that is published.
Also many publishers are not offering their best sellers to libraries, they wish to retain them for sale only. This does mean that many of the top selling titles will not be available from any library service.
If you are interested in a particular title then please let us know.


I am using a tablet, smart phone or other mobile device - how do I start using the service?

The fabulous service works on nearly all devices (excluding the Kindle Fire e-reader).

  • You will need to be a member of Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire Libraries, so you can log in using your library card number and PIN. Don't have a PIN? Request one here!
  • Once logged in follow the link for 'e-books from RB Digital' to access the RB Digital site.
  • You will need to create a RB Digital account, if you do not have one already for downloading e-audio.
    Click on on the link 'Create a New Account' and complete the short form to do this.
  • Then just download the 'RB Digital app' from the Play Store or Apple Store.
  • Open the app and log in using an Adobe Digital ID. Don't have one? Follow the link on the app log in page to create one by completing the short form.
    This is a one off step, once you have logged in using your Adobe Digital ID on the device you will not be asked for it again.
  • Now search using the 'Get Books' option,
  • Log in using your RB Digital log in details
  • Enter your search terms or click on Browse to see the titles listed by genre and subject.
  • Click on a book jacket to find out more
  • Press the 'Check Out' button to issue the book to yourself
  • Then choose your preferred option, 'Download Now' or 'Download later' depending on your connectivity.

I am using a pc, or laptop - how do I start using the service?

  • First step is to ensure you have an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions downloaded so the books download and expire correctly. This is a free one off set up process, once completed you will not need to do it again.
    To create a Adobe Digital ID click here.
    To download Adobe Digital Editions click here.
  • You will also need to be a member of Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire Libraries, so you can log in using your library card number and PIN. Don't have a PIN? Request one here!
  • Once logged in follow the link for 'e-books from RB Digital' to access the RB site.
  • You will need to create a RB Digital account, if you do not have one already for downloading e-audio.
    Click on on the link 'Create a New Account' and complete the short form to do this.
  • Now you are ready to download the free e-books.
  • Search for titles using the Quick Search box, you can limit your results to just e-books by using the format option
    Alternatively you can browse all the titles by selecting e-books from the format and click the search button next to Browse All.
  • Click on a book jacket to find out more
  • Click the 'Check Out Now!' button to issue the book to yourself

What is Adobe Digital Editions and an Adobe ID?

In order to be able to download and read eBooks through RBdigital, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 (ADE). ADE is free software used for viewing eBooks on your computer/device. The software is compatible with both Windows and Mac personal computers.
Download Adobe Digital Editions here.

Creating an ID is required to view your eBooks that you selected from the RBdigital website. The ID is required to read your selections on both the computer and mobile app. The creation process is simple and free.
Follow this link and click on "Create an Adobe ID," and follow the prompts for the required information.


Got more questions then check out the Help section on the RB Digital site or Contact Us.

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Page last updated: 28th June 2017