Downloading OverDrive eBooks to your Nook or Sony Reader


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Downloading OverDrive eBooks to your Nook or Sony Reader

  1. 1. Download eBooks and Transfer them to your eReader! SONY Reader Daily Edition and Barnes & Noble NookPrerequisites  You must have a library card to sign out eBooks.  Find out if your eReader is compatible with the OverDrive system here:  Be sure the following software is installed and up to date on your computer: o OverDrive Media Console ( o Java ( o Adobe Flash (, Set, Go!Go to the Cortland Free Library web site-- left click on theOverDrive icon pictured below.In order to download and read eBooks, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions. You will finda prompt to download this software in the green sidebar on the lower, right-hand side of your screen. Left click on “Adobe Digital Editions” and then on “Get Adobe Digital Editions.” You will be transported to the Adobe website.When the Adobe website opens, scroll down and left click on “Install.”Cortland Free Library – February 2011 1
  2. 2. Select the components you want to install—the default selections are fine—and left click on “Next.”Verify the location in which you want the program installed—again, the default setting is fine—and leftclick on “Install.”Left click on “Close” when the installation is complete.Cortland Free Library – February 2011 2
  3. 3. Now you’ll be asked to login to or create an Adobe account—yes, it’s required. Left click “I Agree” if youagree to the terms.Having agreed to the terms, left click “Continue” to proceed with the setup.If you already have an Adobe ID and password, then enter them in the boxes below. If not left click “getan Adobe ID online” and you’ll be transported to the Adobe web site. Get an Adobe ID online!Cortland Free Library – February 2011 3
  4. 4. Left click “Create an Adobe Account.”Fill out the required fields and left click “Join Adobe.”Left click “Continue.”13) Now that you’ve created an account, you can go back and enter your ID and password into theAdobe Digital Editions activation window. Left click “Activate.”Cortland Free Library – February 2011 4
  5. 5. 14) Left click “Finished.”15) Now you’ll receive a prompt to authorize your eReader, so left click “Authorize Device.” (This step isnecessary so that you can copy your downloads from your computer to your eReader.)16) Left click “Finish”17) Adobe Digital Editions will now open, so plug your eReader into one of your computer’s USB ports.The name of your eReader will show up on the left hand side of your screen under the “Bookshelves”headingCortland Free Library – February 2011 5
  6. 6. Ok, now it’s time to revisit the Cortland Free Library website ( so youcan sign out some eBooks. Again, you’ll need to click on the OverDrive icon. Locate an eBook you wouldlike to check out.Left click “Add to My Download Cart”Then click on “Proceed to Checkout”Now you’ll be prompted to sign in to your patron account. Located beneath the barcode on your library card By default, the last 4 digits of your phone numberCortland Free Library – February 2011 6
  7. 7. You’ll be asked to “Confirm check out.” Notice that you have the option to choose a 7, 14, or 21 daycheck out.Left click “Download”and then “Save”Cortland Free Library – February 2011 7
  8. 8. Save the file to your desktop, as we have, so you don’t lose track of it.Once the file is saved, an icon—such as the icon in the example below—will appear on your desktop.Right click on the icon and then scroll down to “Open with.” Now left click on “Adobe Digital Editions”in order to open it.Cortland Free Library – February 2011 8
  9. 9. Now you need to drag and drop the eBook file (Animal Dreams, in this example) into your eReaderdevice (the Barnes & Noble Nook, in this example).And there you have it—you’ve downloaded an eBook onto your eReader!Cortland Free Library – February 2011 9
  10. 10. Sony Reader LibraryThe Reader Library is Sony’s ePub software. If you own a Sony eReader, you are not required to use it—Adobe Digital Editions is compatible as well—however, you may opt to use it if you like.Here is a picture of Sony’s already installed Reader LibraryCortland Free Library – February 2011 10
  11. 11. How to Return an eBook (using Adobe Digital Editions)Although the file will “disappear” at the end of your loan period, because you can only sign out threeOverDrive eBooks at once, you may want to manually return a title.If you want to “return” an eBook before it has expired on your computer or eReader, do the following:1) Open Adobe Digital Editions2) Left click on the small arrow located to the left of the eBook title and scroll down to “ReturnBorrowed Item.”3) Left click on “Return” to confirm that you’d like to return the title. Now that your eBook has beenreturned, it is no longer available in your library.Cortland Free Library – February 2011 11
  12. 12. How to Return an eBook (using the SONY Reader Library)1) Open SONY Reader Library2) Right click on book title and you’re presented with the following menu. Right click on “ReturnBorrowed Item.”Cortland Free Library – February 2011 12