Overdrive.com

I bought a Nook last week and after a BIG learning curve, I’m enjoying it. One of the reasons I convinced the dh I needed one is because I can check out e-books from the library. It’s actually really cool, and I tried it with success the first night.

Here’s what you do. Go to overdrive.com, type in your ZIP, and they send you to your library. You sign in with your library card number, then you can search for particular authors or titles (this is not exact. Searching for Robyn Carr, for instance, you get results for people who are not Robyn Carr as well.) Browsing can be fun if you have time, but it’s not subdivided by genre well—fiction and non-fiction, teen, children and anime. You can search by format, and the format you want for a nook is Adobe ePUB.

Once you find a book you want that’s available (you know this because it says, “add to cart” instead of “place a hold”), you add it to your cart, then proceed to checkout, which costs nothing, but you have to complete it before you may download the book.

Don’t go crazy, because you can only have the book for 3 weeks, and then it expires. But you can add stuff to your wishlist all day long.

Once you’ve downloaded the book, you open it with Adobe Digital Editions, which you can download for free from Overdrive. Then you must create a sign-in so you can authorize your device. Only then will Adobe DE allow you to drag the title to your device. On the nook, it shows up in My Documents.

I have 2 library e-books on there now, and plan to have them back in plenty of time. You can also download audiobooks. I’ve got a hold on Catching Fire.

I’m really excited about this service, and am holding off buying the more popular books as the library collection expands.

I love this picture.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MaryC
    Jul 15, 2010 @ 12:06:01

    Good info. Thanks, Mary.

    Reply

  2. Marianne
    Jul 20, 2010 @ 12:25:05

    At my library, they sort their eBooks by genre, so it’s easy to browse. Sadly, I can only check out 3 items at a time, can’t return early and DD and I are both using the system, and we’re both fast readers. I don’t like that I can’t return early.

    Guess I shouldn’t complain!!

    Reply

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