The Search for the Perfect eBook
So I'm on my library's OverDrive homepage, and I want to browse the eBooks available. I can look for eBooks in one of two ways, I can either browse titles, or narrow my search with an advanced search.
|Advanced Search Page|
If I click on "More.." under the heading "Browse eBook Fiction," I'll pull up a page with the genres that my library offers in eBook format. It's a good place to get an overview of what's available.
Checking Out the eBook
After you find a book you want to check out, and there are multiple formats for that title, make sure you select either an .pdf or an .epub if your'e looking to read the book on your nook or similar eReader.
I am checking out "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead. There is a brief description under the title, and the format is compatible with my nook, then I click "add to cart"... (Note: These books check out like regular library books, and if it is checked out, it will say "place a hold" so I can be notified by email when the book is available.)
After clicking on add to cart. A page will pop up showing me all the items in my cart. If I'm ready to check out, I click "Proceed to Checkout" and I am asked for my library card number. After typing that in, I can select how long I would like to check out the item, and see how many digital checkouts I have left before confirming my checkout.
Downloading the eBook After Checkout
Again, it is very important that you install ADE before proceeding any further. (But don't worry, chances are if you download the title before ADE, all you'll have to do is erase the title from your hard-drive, and download it again once you install ADE.)
So now I just need to click on the bright yellow "Download" button under the title on my checkouts page.
When you do this, keep track of WHERE you save the file on your hard-drive. If you have ADE installed, it should open in the software automatically when you click on the file.
Once I click on the file in my hard-drive, and it loads in ADE, I'll select "Library View" (the three little books in the top left corner) and then I'll see this:
Putting the eBook on My eReader Device
Now, with my eReader plugged in to my computer, all I need to do is click and drag the title over to the icon for my eReader. A little green plus sign will pop up indicating it's ready to be transferred. Once I let go of the mouse button and it will start to download to my nook!
I can now unplug my nook and read my library eBook! On my nook it will be stored under "My Documents" in my library.
When you do this for the first time, your eReader will ask you to confirm your ADE authorization username and password. Use the same account you have on your computer or you will not be able to open the book.
When a title reaches the due date, it will no longer be accessible. So it is possible to delete that file using ADE by clicking on the down arrow next to the title and clicking "Delete Item." It is also possible to return a title earlier than the due date by clicking on the down arrow and clicking "Return Borrowed Item."
I hope this is helpful, and if you have any questions please leave a comment so I can answer it for everyone. :)