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Library eBooks & Audiobooks: OverDrive App for Android & Apple Devices & Kindle Tablets Overview: Learn how to download the OverDrive app, then locate and borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the Library for your device. Student Skill Level: Intermediate Requirements: valid B&ECPL card, app store account (must know username & password), email address, basic device operational skills Objectives: Download the OverDrive app, sign up & sign in Add the library to the app Learn how to use the Home menu Browse & Search for items Borrow and place holds on items Return items Revised 11-27-17
To see a list of upcoming computer classes, go to: www.buffalolib.org/content/computer-training or call (716) 858-8900.
Page 2 of 16 Download the OverDrive App, Sign Up & Sign In Start by turning on your device and connecting it to WiFi. Open your device’s app store. Tap in the search box in the app store and start typing OverDrive. OverDrive will be displayed in the search results. Select it from the list. Install the app. Most app stores have a button, or a series of buttons to tap, saying “Get”, “Install”, “Accept” or “Buy” (even if the app is free, like OverDrive) that you will tap for this. You will also need to sign into your app store account if you aren’t signed in already. The OverDrive app is now installed. Tap Open or find the app on your home screen or app drawer and tap it to open it.
Tap Sign up. Tap Sign up using library card Tap Location and enter 14203 Tap Central Library Enter your library card number Tap Sign In OR Tap Sign up using Facebook
Enter you email address and Facebook password Click Add a Card. Enter your card number and click Yes, Grant Access.
Enter your details to create an OverDrive account (best for multiple libraries.) Enter your name, email address (twice) and a password. Tap Sign up. Enter your library card number when asked.
Note: If your library card number contains the letter A, do not enter the letter.
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When you first sign in to the OverDrive app, you will be taken to the Bookshelf and there will be no libraries or books associated with your account, even though you may have searched for and added one when you signed up.
To add your first library tap on “Add a title.” You’ll know it is your first library because no library name will appear yet underneath “Add a title.”
When you search, you will see a list of library branches and systems nearby, whether they are part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System or not. Be sure to select the “Buffalo & Erie County Public Library” or “Central Library”, and not a branch library.
Once you tap the library, tap the star next to it on the next page to save it. When you have followed these steps, the Buffalo & Erie County Library will appear in the library list on the Home menu.
Page 4 of 16 The Home Menu Tap on any library in your library list to switch between them and search for books.
Click here to add and delete libraries. The Bookshelf contains all the titles you have downloaded onto your device.
The OverDrive app has a Home menu button in the upper left corner of the screen.
Tapping it creates a side pop-out menu.
You will use this menu frequently and you can hide or show this menu by tapping the Home Menu button.
Settings controls the apps behavior, such as download titles on Wi-Fi only and auto sync. This is not the same as the OverDrive browsing and checkout settings below.
Files shows the status of your downloads. This is mostly useful for larger audiobooks.
OverDrive Browsing & Checkout Settings There are two ways of accessing browsing and checkout settings. To open the app, if it isn’t already, tap on the app icon. The first method is to tap on the “Add a title” box in the bookshelf. The second method is to tap on the Home menu button, and then the name of the library you wish to search from the library list.
Page 5 of 16 The app will then take you to the library’s OverDrive page (through the app, not your device’s normal web browser) where you can browse and search for titles. First, check if you are signed in and take a moment to check your settings if you haven’t set them already.
Click on the menu button next to the books on the right side. It looks identical to the Home menu button. This will open a drop down menu.
Be sure to sign in the same way you did at the beginning of this handout, either with your library card, FaceBook, or OverDrive account. Also check the box that tells OverDrive to remember the sign in. Once you’ve signed in, you should be able to see My Account when you tap the Menu button on the right side of the screen. Tap My Account then settings to access your settings.
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In settings you can change your default lending period, audience filters, and some visual display properties such as high contrast and dyslexic friendly font (for browsing and searching).
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Browsing & Searching To find materials to check out, return to the library’s main page in the OverDrive app, either by one of the two methods listed previously, or by tapping on the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s banner across the top of the app. On the main page you will see lists of books organzed by current events, promotions, or season. Tapping on the side menu button will also give you the option to browse by subject or collection.
To search for a title tap on the word Search next to the magnifying glass near the top of the page. Your device’s keyboard will then appear and allow you to type in your search. Note: OverDrive will not autocorrect any misspellings, so be sure to double check the spelling if you don’t get the results you were expecting.
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Tapping on Search will also make an Advanced search option appear underneath it. Tap on it to see the full list of advanced search options. A note on formats: when using the OverDrive app, stick with “EPUB eBook” for eBooks and “MP3 audiobook” for audiobooks as they provide the best experience for your device.
Page 9 of 16 You can also use filters after you’ve typed in a search. If you only want to view available titles, tap Filters above the search results and then tap Available Now from the drop down menu. Your screen will refresh. Note you can also filter by item type, and use multiple filters at the same time.
This title is available to check out because it says AVAILABLE at the top and BORROW at the bottom.
Some items will not be available because all copies are already checked out. They will say WAIT LIST at the top, and PLACE A HOLD at the bottom.
Note whether or not the title is an EBOOK or AUDIOBOOK before you check it out.
Page 10 of 16 Tapping on the cover of an item will give you more information about it and open up other browsing options.
Page 11 of 16 Borrow an Item You can borrow library eBooks and audiobooks anywhere and anytime that you have an Internet connection. You can borrow an item by tapping BORROW on the bottom of the title in the search screen, or BORROW on the item screen.
Place a Hold To place a hold, tap on PLACE A HOLD on either the search screen or item screen.
The first time you place a hold, OverDrive will ask you for your email address. This is so you have a way of being notified when the hold becomes available. Be sure to check your email carefully so you don’t miss it! Available holds expire after 72 hours.
Page 12 of 16 Check Item Status & Download an Item to your Device’s Bookshelf Tapping on the icon of books in the upper right hand corner of the library’s page in the app will let you see your loans, holds, wishlist, and more. Tapping on HOLDS will show you where you are in the hold queue, but also allow you to suspend the hold, cancel the hold, and to change the email where the notification will be sent.
Page 13 of 16 Tapping on LOANS will let you check the status of your current checkouts and allow you to download them to your device so you can read them. To download an item to your device’s bookshelf, tap where it says DOWNLOAD. If given a choice, remember to select only MP3 audiobook for audiobooks and EPUB for eBooks.
The loans screen also tells you when the item expires at the top of each title. At the bottom of each you can see an icon to return the item and 72 hours before the item expires that will also be where the option to renew will appear.
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Enjoy Your Items
Tapping on the Home menu, you may see a number next to Files. This indicates the number of files currently downloading on your device. Make sure it is finished and the number gone before you go away from your Internet connection. Once downloaded, the titles can go with you anywhere. Often downloading is so fast, you may never see a number next to files. To see the items you have downloaded and to begin enjoying them, tap on Bookshelf. In your bookshelf, you will see only the titles that are currently downloaded or downloading on your device. From here, you can begin reading or listening by tapping on a title.
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Return to bookshelf Settings (font and text size), bookmarks, and table of contents
When reading an eBook, swiping from side to side will flip the pages, while a quick tap will show you your progress and give you options across the top.
For an audiobook, press play and pause in the middle of the screen. Along the top you will have options similar to those for an eBook, and along the bottom you have more options such as setting a sleep timer, volume control, fast forward and reverse, and playback speed.
NOTE: OverDrive will remember your place for eBooks and audiobooks automatically, so there is no need to worry about bookmarks!
Page 16 of 16 Return an Item There are never any fees or fines for using OverDrive because all titles will automatically return when they are due, even if you do not have an Internet connection. To return an item early, the simplest way is to long tap the title in your bookshelf until a small menu appears. At the top of the menu is the option to RETURN TO LIBRARY. Tap RETURN TO LIBRARY, then confirm on the next popup.