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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TUTORIAL: How to Read Library Books on your Apple Device

I may not be able to get eBooks from the library on my Kindle but I can get them for my iPod Touch. A few people asked me about this so I put this simple tutorial together. A few things to keep in mind: (1) Check to see if your library has an eBook lending program, (2) You will need a library card in order to download eBooks and (3) Check your library’s website for requirements as they may differ from my library’s requirements. Here we go.

1. Download the OverDrive App onto your Apple device using the App Store.

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2. Open the OverDrive App and click on the Get Books+ button.


3. Click on Settings. Under eBook Settings, click on Authorize with Adobe ID and enter in your Adobe account information. (You can create a free Adobe account using the OverDrive App or on the Adobe website.)

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4. Click on Get Books then click on Add a Website and find your library using the Search feature.

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5. Search or Browse for a book and check it out. (I noticed with my particular library, a lot of books were not available for me to check out right away; I had to add myself to a waiting list.)

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6. Go to My Account > My Bookshelf and you’ll see the items you have checked out. Click on the Download button to download your eBook. It will take a few minutes to download, give or take, depending on the size of the file.

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7. The OverDrive App will let you know that the book was added to your library and it will ask if you would like to download it now. Click Download Now.

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Now the book is ready for you to read on your Apple device!

I’m trying to figure out how to listen to audio books from the library on my iPod Touch. If I can figure it out I’ll do a tutorial on that too, if anyone is interested.

7 People had something to say:

  1. ChrystalDec 28, 2010 06:36 AM
    Ooo thanks for this. Your screenshots really help a lot.

    I am getting a Kindle in the new year so I will make sure to not get ebooks from library... I will get audio books for my iPod instead. :)
  2. The Book VixenDec 28, 2010 08:07 AM
    Chrystal - Yeah, unfortunately the Kindle cannot read ePub files so you won't be able to "borrow" eBooks from the library since they're all in ePub format.
  3. CatarinaDec 28, 2010 10:55 AM
    Humm.... good to know :)
    Catarina M. (Cathy*)

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  4. MissieDec 28, 2010 02:08 PM
    This is freaking awesome! I got my mom an iPad for X-mas. I wonder if it will work for that too! Can't wait to check. Problem is I don't think my local library offers too many e-books to check out. :(
  5. Okay you are you are a computer goddess! I haven't been able to figure out my apple and this is exactly what I needed!
  6. Deborah~Dec 30, 2010 02:42 AM
    Good for you! How absolutely darling of you to think of others on the cusp of the new year! This has got to be bringing in good vibes for your 2011 reading. I'm giving you a cyber pat on the back for thinking of others in this tutorial. :]
    Your friend,
  7. This was an excellent post. You have so many informative posts---such great ideas!

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