Friday, December 31, 2010

Getting into Overdrive at your local library

Well, Christmas is in the rear view mirror and the New Year is here, I bet many of you have some cool gadgets to play with this year. If you got an ereader for Christmas you may want to check with your local library, many use a program called Overdrive where you can check out books onto your ereader from their Overdrive catalog. I have done this several times with my Nook and while it is not the most intuitive program it is doable. I have some tips below to help you get reading for free (and who doesn't like free) from your local library.
  1. Download and install Adobe Digital Editions to your computer, PC, Mac or laptop. It is important to have your Nook plugged into your computer via your USB cable while downloading so that the software will install simultaneously on both the Nook and your computer. On the right hand side of the screen you will see  "Download Now" Once you click on the download button it will lead you through the rest of the process for downloading and installing the software. The steps are the same for PC and Mac users. (insert your favorite smiley face here).  
  2. Once the software is installed you will need an Adobe ID, don't panic, this is very easy to do if you don't have one already. All you need is a valid email address, then click on the link for "Get an Adobe ID online". 
  3. Now here is a nice feature, Adobe Digital Editions should automatically recognize your digital reader and ask you if you would like to authenticate your device. Naturally you do. If for some reason it does not automatically recognize your reader, just close and reopen the program (Adobe Digital Editions). 
  4. Now we are ready for the fun part, you will want to access your Library's Overdrive site. Sign into your library account. Search the Overdrive catalog and place items into your cart. Now if you are like and like to browse here is a helpful reminder items will only stay in your cart for a certain number of minutes, so don't browse too long before checking out your selections. Once the item is checked out it should be available for download. When your computer prompts you for which program to use to open the ebook, make sure you choose Adobe Digital Editions. The library book will download to your computer, then you simply transfer the book to your Nook, by dragging and dropping it into your Nook icon on the left hand side of the program. 
  5. On the Nook these items will appear in your "My Documents" tab. If you do not see your library book, clink "Check for new items" and it should appear then. You can also return the book early if you finish it to opening the Adobe Digital Editions program on your computer and click on the drop down arrow on the left hand side and selecting "return the checked out item" 
There you have it in five easy steps you can get free books from your local library (provided they have the Overdrive program) onto your Nook or other device that will recognize the epub or pdf format. This does not work however for the Kindle. At least not at this time.

A couple of helpful links can be found here at Slide Share (for PC users).

For Mac users, Slide Share (Mac Version).

~ the Tech Savvy Knitter


Pam said...

This is a very helpful post! I love Overdrive. I use my Nook for my ebooks, and I've recently started using Overdrive for audi-books so I can listen while I knit.

JTad said...

Thanks for the comments - I just got my iPad and am an avid knitter so loved your GoodReader suggestion! I've already loaded up some of my Ravelry patterns in it - great suggestion! thanks

JTad said...

Thanks for the info - just got my iPad and found your review interesting. I immediately downloaded GoodReader and brought in some of my Ravelry PDFs. Great program!