Updated Overdrive Step by Step


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Updated Overdrive Step by Step

  1. 1. Veronica Reynolds New City Library Overdrive Step by Step
  2. 2. Downloading e-books and audio books is getting easier!
  3. 3. The interface is shared by all libraries, except for Advantage books.
  4. 4. One must download software before using Overdrive. Missing from this list are Apps. Smartphone and tablet users will download the Overdrive App directly onto their device.
  5. 5. For dedicated e-readers (except Kindle) , Adobe Digital Editions must be downloaded.
  6. 6. You can choose not to make any shortcuts.
  7. 9. At home, the patron can create an Adobe ID. This will allow them to transfer information to their devices.
  8. 10. Ready to Download! ….or Place a Request.
  9. 11. Check the ‘Plays On’ Field
  10. 12. Login!
  11. 13. Please Note <ul><li>If you have any blocks that would prevent them from checking out a normal item. They will receive an error message at the login step. It will say they must check their items out at the circulation desk. </li></ul><ul><li>Sony Readers have a strange glitch. They can only have one type of file from Overdrive on them at the same time. All epubs or all pdfs for instance. </li></ul>
  12. 14. At Checkout, you can choose a lending period for e-books.
  13. 15. Each item can be downloaded three times.
  14. 16. Choosing ‘open file’ rather than ‘save file’, allows the patron to direct the file to Digital Editions.
  15. 17. The book can now be read on your computer.
  16. 18. Your e-reader can be plugged in! If you have created an Adobe ID, Digital Editions, a ‘shelf’ will be added to the Editions interface for the player.
  17. 19. Digital Edition Features <ul><li>E-books can be returned early, except on iDevices and smartphones. As the number of Overdrive files is limited to eight at one time per card, this is a great advantage. </li></ul><ul><li>Like an e-reader, Digital Edition has a bookmark feature and a linked table of contents, allowing for easy navigation. </li></ul><ul><li>It will automatically sort books into ‘borrowed’ and ‘purchased’ shelves to avoid confusion. </li></ul>
  18. 20. What About Kindle? <ul><li>Downloading a book for Kindle does not require a software download. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a title that is Kindle compatible. </li></ul><ul><li>Proceed normally through the checkout procedure and then click the ‘Get for Kindle’ button. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign in to your Amazon account. </li></ul><ul><li>Sync your device wirelessly or through the USB. </li></ul><ul><li>A note about privacy: Libraries do not keep track of the books you have read for your privacy. Amazon does. </li></ul>
  19. 21. Whew! That’s e-books. What about audio? Make sure to check compatibility, some items that work with iPods cannot be downloaded onto a Mac computer. Some items have permission to be burnt to CD, others do not. Audio books will not work through the Overdrive App or on Kindle.
  20. 22. For audio files, the patron must first download the Overdrive Media Console.
  21. 28. You must agree to the terms of service before downloading an MP3 .
  22. 29. Open with ‘Overdrive Media Console’
  23. 30. You can choose not to download the entire file the first time around.
  24. 31. Download progress can be found at the bottom of the Overdrive Console screen. Depending on the size of the book and the speed of your internet connection it can take five to twenty minutes to download an entire audio book.
  25. 32. Overdrive Console will always state the due date, how long the book will be and when it was last played.
  26. 33. Click ‘Transfer’ to move the file from Overdrive to the device.
  27. 34. Again, you can choose how much to transfer over to their device.
  28. 35. If the computer has iTunes, the file will automatically open there. After that, you need only sync your device as usual!
  29. 36. For Other Devices <ul><li>For all other devices, you must have Windows Media Player Installed. </li></ul><ul><li>Then you can plug in your device to the computer in the USB port. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the Transfer button in the Overdrive Media Console. </li></ul><ul><li>A window will appear asking to plug in your device. Click Next. </li></ul><ul><li>Again, you can choose which parts of the file to transfer over. </li></ul><ul><li>Click Next. </li></ul><ul><li>Files will sync to the portable device. </li></ul>
  30. 37. The App <ul><li>Apps is the slang term for software applications for Smartphone's and tablets. The two major App stores are Apple and Android. Each will only work for their dedicated devices. </li></ul>
  31. 38. Questions? <ul><li>You can find a copy of this presentation or contact me at my website: </li></ul><ul><li>learnitforyou.com </li></ul>