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eBooks and eAudiobooks

We have moved our digital ebooks and audiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby app as part of our OverDrive service. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby.

How to download eBooks and eAudiobooks

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Libby by OverDrive

Members of East Sussex Libraries can borrow up to 10 books at a time. The easiest way to read or listen to books is on the app, Libby.

Reading or listening to books on a smartphone or tablet

To read eBooks on your smartphone or tablet, you will need to download an app called ‘Libby’. You can:

The first time you open the app, you will need to register your details. To do this:

  1. Click the face icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Search for East Sussex County Council libraries.
  3. Click Add A Library Card.
  4. Click Enter Your Account Details.
  5. Add your card number and click Next – (not a member? Join the library online).
  6. Add your PIN – (lost your PIN? Reset your PIN).

You can start to browse and download books straight away.

Kindle users

Kindle e-readers are not compatible with OverDrive in the U.K. If you have a Kindle Fire tablet, you can access books through the OverDrive app for Kindle from Amazon.

You can check the compatibility of your device on the Overdrive website.

PC users

If you prefer, you can read or listen to books on your computer or laptop. To do this:

  1. Visit our partner site - OverDrive.
  2. Click the Sign in button at the top right of the page.
  3. Add your card number – (not a member? Join the library online) and click Next.
  4. Add your PIN – (lost your PIN? Reset your PIN).

Libby is also available as a desktop app for Windows 10. You can get this from

You can start to browse and download books straight away.

Getting help

For help using Libby on your smartphone or tablet, visit Meet Libby.

For a brief introduction to the app, watch the video.

For help reading books on your desktop or laptop, visit OverDrive’s help pages

Transition from RBdigital

If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Holds will not be moved, but you may export your Transaction History from the RBdigital websites by accessing My Account > Profiles. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby.

Once you’ve finished your current books, please uninstall the RBDigital App and use the instructions below to install Libby.

Some customers may find they need to reactivate their library cards in order to use Libby. To do this please call us on 0345 60 80 196 or contact us online.

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BorrowBox by Bolinda

Listening to eAudiobooks on a smartphone or tablet using BorrowBox

You can also download eAudiobooks using the BorrowBox app. You can:

Get BorrowBox at the Apple Store - for Apple devices
Get BorrowBox at Google Play - for Android devices

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