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Downloading e-books and audiobooks for Android Devices You’ll Need: your library card, smart phone or tablet computer, and the OverDrive app installed on your device (downloadable for free through the Google Play store).
Some OverDrive Basics 6 Titles max can be checked out at the same time. Checkout Periods – you get to choose! 1-3 weeks for e-books and audiobooks. If a book is popular, there might be a queue but you can sign up to be notified when it is available. There’s no need to return a book but you’ll want to remove it from your device after you’re finished reading—see the last step of “Checking Out an e-book” for instructions.
After downloading the OverDrive app, open it. You will be asked to sign up for an OverDrive account which is required to use OverDrive. The OverDrive account can be used on multiple devices so you can have the same book available to read—even at the same page you last stopped reading—no matter which device you are using.
When signing up for an OverDrive account you have the option of using your existing Facebook account or creating a new account with OverDrive. Fill in the required information and signup to create your account.
After creating your OverDrive account, there will be a screen showing you a short introduction to the app. Tap on the OverDrive icon and in the upper-left corner and choose "Add a library" from the options that appear.
You are now in the online catalog for e-books and audiobooks. If you need help navigating the catalog, see the accompanying section “searching the catalog” for more help.
To see more information, click the circle with three dots … on the book cover. Here you can read a sample of the book, get recommendations for similar items, or view details, including available formats, ratings, a summary, and more.
Checking Out an eBook or Audiobook The Overdrive interface will tell you the status of an item with a banner at the top of the book cover image. It will say [AVAILABLE] in blue, or [WAIT LIST] if the item is currently checked out.
Availability status shows on top
There are two ways to borrow an item in Overdrive: 1. You can place a hold on a [WAIT LIST] item by clicking [PLACE A HOLD] below the book title on the main screen.
You can borrow or place a hold by clicking here.
2. You can also borrow a title from the detail screen for that item. Click on the book cover.
On the next screen, choose BORROW in blue. Adjust the checkout period by clicking the drop-down arrow.
3. Click on the book icon at the top right corner of your screen for [LOANS], where you will see other titles that you have checked out as well. Click [ADD TO APP] next to the title.
4. From the dropdown, select either the Adobe “EPUB” or “PDF” if it’s an ebook, or “MP3” for an audiobook. The “READ NOW” option allows you to stream the content via an Internet connection without downloading, but will only work with wi-fi.
5. Click [ADD TO APP] in the upper-left corner and then tap on “Bookshelf” in order to view any books you have checked out.
6. You will now be in the “Bookshelf” view of the OverDrive app and the item will be downloaded. Tapping on the e-book/audiobook will allow you to begin reading/listening.
7. If you would like to return the item early, tap and hold on the title until the “Return” option appears, then tap on “Return” and follow the prompts.
8. To check out more books, you can tap on “Add a title” from the “Bookshelf” screen or tap on the menu icon in the upper-left corner and choose the library you wish to check out books from.
Changing the Default Loan Period 1. When you start using OverDrive, it has a default loan period of one week. You can change that default in your account within the OverDrive app. In the upper-right corner of any OverDrive catalog page you’ll see an “Account” icon. Tap on the icon and sign in using your library card number. 2. Tap on “Settings” in the right-hand column of options. Under Lending Periods you can choose 7, 14 or 21 days for eBooks and Audiobooks. 3.
Searching the Catalog A
C A. This menu bar will always be present providing you with a link to your account, access to a simple or advanced search, or a link to your bookshelf/loans. B. These options will allow you to search by topic, item type, or narrow your search to the Overdrive catalog of items just for kids. C. Clicking on the bookmark below the cover will add the title to your wish list.
The Advanced Search
Advanced searching is your friend! Do you want an e-book or an audiobook? Are you looking for something right now rather than waiting for it to come later? Advanced searching will separate the wheat from the chaff. A. The format option allows you to view only OverDrive app e-books, which are labeled as Adobe or Open EPUB and PDF e-books. Adobe e-books are popular works of recent fiction and Open e-books are mostly classic works of literature. For audiobooks, you’ll want to choose the MP3 audiobook. B. Selecting “Show only titles with copies available” assures you that you won’t be teased with books which you’ll have to queue for.