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  • 1. Downloading eBooks to your eReader (Nook [without wireless], Sony Reader, Kobo, Pandigital, etc) Using OverDrive with the Alachua County Library District
  • 2. Visit the library’s eBranch (, and click the Digital Media link below the search bar.
  • 3. Click the red Connect Now button under OverDrive.
  • 4. You are now in our digital catalog, OverDrive ( At the bottom of the page, click the Software link.
  • 5. Click Adobe Digital Editions.
  • 6. A new window will open to the Adobe Digital Editions Page. Click Download now.
  • 7. Click the link for the version for your OS (Macintosh or Windows).
  • 8. Save the file, then run it to start the install. You will need to Agree to the terms to proceed.
  • 9. Select your setup options (or leave them as the defaults), then click Next.
  • 10. Choose a location to save Adobe Digital Editions (or keep the default). Click Install.
  • 11. Once the Setup has completed, click Done.
  • 12. To read eBooks from the library, you’ll need to authorize your computer by going to Help then Authorize Computer.
  • 13. Click Create an Adobe ID to create a new account. (If you already have one, click I forgot my password.)
  • 14. Registration requires an email address and minimal information. Click Create to register.
  • 15. Back in Adobe Digital Editions, enter the Adobe ID and password you just created, then click Authorize.
  • 16. Now that Adobe Digital Editions is installed, go back to the OverDrive collection. You’ll want to Sign In first, to set your lending periods.
  • 17. You will be asked to enter your library card number (no spaces, no dashes) and PIN. Click Sign In.
  • 18. From your Account page, click Settings.
  • 19. Set the lending periods to your preferences and click Done. Checkout periods will rely on your settings here.
  • 20. Browse the OverDrive collection using any of the categories listed at the top of your screen. Or…
  • 21. Enter a title or author in the Search box at top left.
  • 22. Available titles will show a dark gray icon at the top right corner. Unavailable titles will show light gray.
  • 23. Click Available Now to show only items available right away.
  • 24. In Advanced Search, you can limit by many options, including EPUB or items with available copies only.
  • 25. When you find the book you want, click Borrow. If you see only Place a Hold, the title is checked out.
  • 26. You are taken to your Bookshelf. Some titles can be Read in the Browser.
  • 27. To open the book in Adobe Digital Editions, click Download then EPUB then Confirm & Download.
  • 28. The book opens in Adobe Digital Editions in Reading view. Click Library to go to Library View.
  • 29. Plug your eReader into the computer using the USB. Click the gear to the right of the device then Authorize Device .
  • 30. If you have several Adobe IDs, you’ll be prompted to choose one. Then click Authorize Device again.
  • 31. Once your device has been authorized, click OK to proceed.
  • 32. Click on All Items to go back to Library View.
  • 33. Drag and drop the cover of the book onto your eReader. You’ll see a message that the book is being copied to your device.
  • 34. When the transfer is complete, safely eject and disconnect your eReader from the computer. The eBook will be on your device!
  • 35. Congratulations on your first download! Enjoy reading your eBook! • Some eReaders put the eBook directly on the homepage of the device. • Some devices (such as the Nook) put it under Files in My Documents. You may have to hunt around to find it, but once you do, you’ll know where all your library eBooks will go. • Still having difficulties? Check out the OverDrive Help section, or Ask Us!