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Database in Depth: Overdrive

Database in Depth: Overdrive

EBooks are one of the hottest things around right now.  Luckily, you can read eBooks on your reader for free just by borrowing them from your library.  Although the library has a couple of eBook services available, one particularly popular service is OverDrive.

OverDrive has popular fiction and nonfiction books available and right now, it’s the only place you can borrow eBooks for your Amazon Kindle (other formats are also available).  

Accessing the Overdrive service is easy - just go to http://overdrive.librarypoint.org.  When you are on the site, you can search for specific titles or authors, look at the highlighted titles on the main page, or browse the entire eBook collection. Click on the title to view the entire record.  There you can read a summary, learn about the author, and maybe even view a sample of the title.  Also on the record is the total number of electronic copies owned by the library and how many are currently available for checkout.  If the item is available, click on “Add to My OverDrive Book Bag” next to the appropriate format and proceed with the checkout.  If the item is not available, you will have the option to place it on hold.  OverDrive will email you when the title is available and you will then have 3 days to check it out.  Make sure your email address is correct!

When the book is checked out, you will then download it.  If you have a Kindle, you will retrieve your library book through the Amazon.com website.  If you have a different eReader, you must have Adobe Digital Editions (a free download) on your computer. The eBook will open in Adobe Digital Editions and from there you can put it on your eReader or just read it on your computer.

If you have a smartphone, an iPad, an iPod, or another tablet computer, you can download the OverDrive Media Console app (a free download) and checkout and download the books directly to your device.  You must have an Adobe ID to read the books, but the OverDrive app will help you get one.

eBooks are checked out using your library card number and your PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number).  The checkout period is two weeks, but you have the option to return the items early.  You can have out three items at a time.  

You can access the OverDrive site at http://overdrive.librarypoint.org or view all of our eBook and eAudio services at http://www.librarypoint.org/ebooks.  You can also access your OverDrive account and browse the eBook collection through our free mobile app.

Our OverDrive collection continues to grow, so keep checking back for the latest additions.

More questions?  Check out the help articles on the OverDrive page, stop by the reference desk, or sign up for a training session tailored just for you: http://www.librarypoint.org/training_on_demand.