How to Use OverDrive


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  • Welcome to FPL Introduce library staff As many of you know, we subscribed to a downloadable book service in late Fall. The service is called OverDrive and allows library patrons who live/work/school in Fullerton to access the book database through our library website and download ebooks and audiobooks for free to their PCs or mobile devices.
  • OverDrive is a service that allows you to search our collection of downloadable books, check them out and download. Like the actual books in the library, you only need your library card and the service is free. This service is available to Fullerton Library patrons who live, work or go to school in Fullerton. A variety of devices are compatible, and OverDrive works with both Windows and Mac computers.
  • We offer two formats eBooks and Audiobooks. Personally I am a big fan of audiobooks as I can download them to my phone and listen to them in my car. No more switching CDs!
  • You will need 3 things to get started with OverDrive: A computer or a mobile device Your FPL library card. Software provided by OverDrive so that you can read or listen to the book.
  • So, the first step is to download the OverDrive Media Console. This is the program needed to access audiobooks. As I mentioned before, OverDrive can be used either on a computer or with a mobile device. For audiobooks, you can download both MP3 and WMA books to a Windows computer. A Mac will allow only MP3. (WMA stands for Windows Media Audio – we do attempt to buy MP3 as much as possible, but some titles are only available as WMA) (Download console from website)
  • If you plan on listening to audiobooks through a mobile device. The OverDrive Media Console for mobile devices is often called an “app” and can be found in the marketplace or App store. Once you have the console on the mobile device you can use it to listen to MP3 and read eBooks.
  • To read ePub and PDF ebooks you need an Adobe Digital Editions account. A link to this is also found on the website. (download digital editions) If you don’t have an account, register for one. It is very simple. Digital editions is necessary for all ebook readers except Kindle.
  • For mobile devices you have to first get the app. Install the mobile app – found at your app store or marketplace – Remember to search for “OverDrive” Authorize with Adobe Digital Editions. - this is easy and only has to be done once. Visit FPL’s virtual branch by opening the OverDrive App and finding our library. It may help to favorite or bookmark us once you find us so you don’t have to do this each time. Once you have added a library, simple click on the library to be brought to the site. Only books available for your device will appear. Remember the steps explained above only have to be done once.
  • Once you begin browsing, if you find your item is checked out, you can place a reservation. The purchase of items for OverDrive is exactly the same as regular books. We only have the amount of copies purchased available, so if it is checked out and there isn’t another copy, you will have to make a reservation. When your book is available, you will receive an email alerting you to its availability.
  • (Show digital rights bar indicating what can be done with this book)
  • OverDrive has an extensive Help section (show website)
  • What do you think?
  • Talk about MP3s and we will get more
  • Often your device will indicate which type of audiobook to choose. WMA is recommended for Overdrive Console on PCs due to smaller size of file.
  • Another review of Adobe Activation, if you are not sure about it. Note: I did discover when I was playing with the Sony Reader than it is better to use their software instead of Adobe Editions.
  • This prompt will show up the first time you open the console on your Windows PC. Simply follow the prompts.
  • When you get home, try this. (read slide) To summarize, today you have learned about What is OverDrive Where you can find our collection How you can get started How to download titles to a mobile device How to place a hold or reservation Where to find Help. And, how to complete Adobe Activation and upgrade the Windows Media Player Security (the Media Player Security allows you to download DRM (digital rights management) items) To end this class, we have set up stations with staff around the room that are device specific. You will find a station for the iPad, Nook, Kindle and Sony Reader. If you have additional questions, staff there may be able to help. If you have your device with you and need a quick tip, feel free to ask. What about mobile devices????? Are there any questions? Remember, if you need help and cannot find it in the Help section shown in the presentation, please phone us at 714-738-6326.
  • How to Use OverDrive

    1. 1. Browse, Check Out, DownloadLearn how to browse, check out, and download audio and e-books from FPL’s website. v.10012010 | |© OverDrive, Inc. 2010 || Page 1 v.01152012 v.11012010 © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 Page 1 2010
    2. 2. What is the OverDrive service? Browse Browse Check Out Check Out Download DownloadHow does it work? Browse, check out, and download with your library card … anytime, anywhere! Download to a Windows® or Mac® computer … and popular mobile devices. Transfer to devices like the Apple® iPod® and Sony® Reader™. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 2
    3. 3. Whats in your collection?FPL offers … eBooks: A text-based digital book. Audiobooks: A recorded reading of a book. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 3
    4. 4. Heres what you need … 1 2 3 v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 4
    5. 5. OverDrive Media ConsoleDesktop / laptopWindows® Audiobooks (MP3 / WMA)Mac® Audiobooks (MP3) Download from an OverDrive-powered site. Listen / watch on a computer. Transfer to audio players, or burn to CD. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 5
    6. 6. OverDrive Media ConsoleMobileAndroid™, BlackBerry®, iPhone / iPad® / iPod®touch, Windows Phone 7Audiobooks (MP3) and eBooks (EPUB)Download titles to a device.Browse to a library with Get Books.Save the site as a favorite.Listen / read on the device.Return titles. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 6
    7. 7. Adobe Digital EditionsDesktop / laptopWindows and Mac EPUB and PDF eBooksDownload eBooks from an OverDrive-powered site.Read eBooks.Transfer to eBook readers.Add bookmarks, highlights,and notes.Print pages when permissionsincluded.Return eBooks. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 7
    8. 8. How do I download titles to a mobile device? v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 8
    9. 9. Reservations / holds If all copies of a title are checked out, place a hold. Receive an email notification when the title is available. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 9
    10. 10. Digital rights Digital Rights Management technology helps protect titles from unlawful sharing. Every digital title has digital rights – or permissions – set by the publisher. The permissions outline what a user can do with the title after download. Shiver Sample Sample Sample Sample Audiobook Audiobook eBook eBook This title can be transferred to This title can be transferred to iPods®/iPhones™ using iPods®/iPhones™ using OverDrive Media Console OverDrive Media Console (v3.2 or newer) for Windows. (v3.2 or newer) for Windows. Digital Rights Information Burn to CD: Permitted Transfer to device: Permitted Transfer to Apple device: Permitted Public performance: Not permitted File-sharing: Not permitted Peer-to-peer usage: Not permitted All copies of this title, including those transferred to portable devices and other media, must be deleted or destroyed at the end of the lending period. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 10
    11. 11. Need help getting started? How to setup Formats How to use the service Popular questions v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 11
    12. 12. Easy as … v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 12
    13. 13. Help resourcesSelf-service …OverDrive Help: Find answers to your questions, solutions to your problems, and more.My Help: Customized help based on a users computer or device.Device Resource Center: Explore computers & devices that can be used with eBooks & audiobooks.Digital Books Tour: Take a tour through the basics of eBooks & audiobooks.Lending Library Policies: Learn how many items you can check out, for how long, and more.Support: Still need help? Contact Support. 714-738-6326 v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 13
    14. 14. Should I choose WMA or MP3? Should I choose WMA or MP3? What formats can I enjoy? What formats can I enjoy?Can I download in the library?Can I download in the library? Common Questions v.10012010 | |© OverDrive, Inc. 2010 || Page 14 v.01152012 v.11012010 © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 Page 14 2010
    15. 15. Can I download in the library?Yes! FPL offers an OverDrive DownloadStation, where you can downloadaudiobooks right to a device.(Note: Don’t forget to bring your USBconnection!) v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 15
    16. 16. Should I choose WMA or MP3 Audiobooks? WMA MP3 Use on … File size 15 – 18 Mb 30 – 36 Mb Download speed Faster Slower Notes: Some MP3 players support protected WMA content. Please visit OverDrives Device Resource Center to view compatible devices and the formats they support. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 16
    17. 17. How do I complete Adobe Activation?The first time you download an EPUB or PDFeBook, you will be prompted to activate yourcomputer or device. Authorize the computer or device with an Adobe ID. If you do not have an Adobe ID: 1. Create one on 2. Return to the software and authorize the computer or device with the new ID. Authorizing with an Adobe ID allows you to download eBooks to your computer(s) or mobile device(s) and transfer to eBook reader(s) when registered with the same Adobe ID. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 17
    18. 18. What is the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade?Windows Computers: First-timeusers of OverDrive Media Consolewill be prompted to complete a one-time security upgrade for WindowsMedia Player.Follow the prompts to completethe upgrade. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 18
    19. 19. Try this …Can you…? Browse, Check Out, Download. Place a hold / Retrieve a hold. Download an audiobook. Transfer to a device. Download an eBook. Transfer to an eBook reader. Find a compatible device. Locate the Support link for users. v.01152012 | © OverDrive, Inc. 2012 | Page 19