Books and Reading



Borrowing E-books from the Library Service

E-books are electronic versions of the printed book.

The Isle of Wight Library Service does not currently subscribe to any of the commercial e-book suppliers. This is because there is no "ideal" model for libraries to lend e-books to its members, partly because of publishers' fear that it could become too easy for people to borrow books for free. The government commissioned an independent review into the e-lending in public libraries (PDF) which was published in March 2013 by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to subscribe to an e-book lending service when the industry has established a suitable model.

Free E-books

There are a number of sites offering free e-books which are copyright-free, we have listed a few below: