In addition to using Newcastle College's e-book collections (available from MyiLibrary and ebrary), plus Google Books, you can also access electronic and even audio books through local Public Libraries.
Become a member of Gateshead Libraries (even if you don't live in Gateshead) and you can download up to four books onto most e-readers for a maximum period of 21 days from Gateshead Libraries' e-book service. Start downloading by entering your Gateshead Library Barcode and PIN Number here.
Newcastle City Libraries
Search the full collection of Newcastle City Libraries' e-book resources by clicking this link. If you want to download anything, you'll need this software for ebooks and this for audio books. (Not already a member? Any UK Resident can join Newcastle City Library).
Find out how Northumberland Libraries' members can download e-books for free here. The page also includes a membership form if you want access but are not already a member of the Libraries.
South Tyneside Libraries
Details of how to download the titles on South Tyneside Libraries e-book catalogue are available here. Fill in this form and return it to any South Tyneside Libraries branch to join their library.
(At present Durham, North Tynesideand Sunderland Libraries are not offering e-books - though don't forget you can join any of the Library services above no matter where you live in the UK.)