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How To Read OverDrive Library Books On An E-Reader
Lily Rugo
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Jan 4, 2019,07:35pm EST
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OverDrive is one of the best resources out there in the e-reader world. The free online database is a library of e-books, including recent releases and best-sellers, connected to most public libraries in the United States. With minimal research and set up, a card from the local library can open a whole world of e-books, audio books and magazines.
The first step is to head to OverDrive.com (which is owned by Rakuten, which makes their own line of e-readers, the Kobo). From there choose the “Find Your Library” option in the top corner of the page, where it takes you to the page to enter a city and state or ZIP code to locate the nearest public library. Once the nearest or favorite branch is selected, head over to that library’s website to log in using a library card and PIN number. If a PIN number is unknown, then a call or visit to the nearest branch might be in order.
After an account gets all set up, checking out books can be done either wirelessly or involves downloading software, depending on the e-reader. For the Amazon Kindles and the new Kobo e-readers (Forma, Aura ONE, Aura H2O Edition 2, Aura Edition 2 and Clara HD) it’ll be a breeze; “Borrow” the book from the OverDrive library screen and then it’ll appear on the device’s home screen the next time it gets synced via wifi. Once the loan ends, the borrowed e-book disappears on its own after its synced. For every other e-reader, including Barnes and Noble’s Nook series, e-readers made by Sony and older Kobo readers, borrowing books from OverDrive entails a few more steps.
The other e-readers have to use a special software, Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), which can be downloaded on any computer. OverDrive’s help website provides a full rundown on instructions for downloading the software, setting it up on a computer and answers frequently asked questions. From the main article, OverDrive also has instructions for specific devices like the Nook GlowLight Plus, Nook Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets, the Kindle Fire and Kobo’s older line. After that, checking out books from OverDrive is a mater of connecting the e-reader to the computer each time. It’s a bit more cumbersome, so if convenience is a priority, buying one of the Kobo or Amazon e-readers is a better bet.
E-book loans can be either one or two weeks, and the system will end the loan itself to avoid overdue fees. OverDrive libraries have waitlists for really popular titles, recommendation options for the library to buy not owned books and a wishlist. There’s also a companion smartphone app, Libby, that can manage multiple library cards, check out and return both e-books and audio books. Once it gets all set up, OverDrive is one of the most handy resources out there for book lovers.
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