What software do I need to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive?

The software you need depends on the device and format you want to download.

Kindle Books

  • A Kindle device or the Kindle app

EPUB eBooks

  • Adobe Digital Editions (if you are using a computer)
  • OverDrive Media Console app (if you are downloading directly to the device)

MP3 audiobooks

  • OverDrive Media Console (if you are using a computer)
  • OverDrive Media Console app (if you are downloading directly to the device)


How is an EPUB eBook different from a PDF file?

Adobe EPUB eBooks offer reflowable text, which means that you can change the font, resize the text, or alter the size of your display and the text of the Adobe EPUB eBook 'reflows' to fill the available view area. This makes Adobe EPUB eBooks the optimal choice for reading eBooks on small screens. While some PDFs are reflowable on some devices (such as the Sony Reader), one of the main strengths of the PDF format is its ability to preserve the layout of complex documents.


How can I transfer a WMA eAudiobook to my iPad/iPod Touch?

Downloading WMA eAudiobooks to an iOS Device 

What you need

  • iOS Device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)
  • Computer with internet
  • USB cable
  • OverDrive Media Console on your computer
  • iTunes on your computer
  • Library card

How it works

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer, select your device in the left navigation pane and place a checkmark next to the option "Manually manage music and..." found on the summary tab under Options, click Apply.
  • Browse to the marmot.lib.overdrive.com website from your computer.
  • Sign in to your account with your library card number (to see OverDrive Advantage titles).
  • Find a WMA audiobook, Add to Book Bag, Proceed to Checkout, Confirm Checkout and click Download.
  • Download your book to OverDrive Media Console on your computer.
  • In OverDrive Media Console highlight the title you would like to transfer.
  • Click the Transfer button. The Transfer Wizard is displayed.
  • Verify that the correct title and player is displayed on the first screen of the Transfer Wizard and click Next.
  • In the Parts dialog box, select the Part(s) you want to transfer by checking the box(es) next to the Part name(s).
  • Click Next to begin transferring the file(s) to your device.
  • When the transfer is complete, the Transfer Wizard displays a Success message.
  • Click Finish to exit the Transfer Wizard.
  • Disconnect the iOS device from your computer.
  • You can play your eAudiobook on your iOS in the Music app under More > Audiobooks

How do I return eBooks early?

Return Kindle books early:

  • Browse to amazon.com and go to Manage Your Kindle.
  • Click the Actions tab next to the book you want to return.
  • Select Return this book.
  • After the browser refreshes, select Delete from library.


Return EPUBs on an iOS device:

  • Open the OverDrive Media Console app.
  • Go to the bookshelf.
  • Tap Edit at the top left.
  • Tap the red minus sign next to the book you want to return.
  • Tap Delete.
  • Tap Return then Delete.


Return EPUBs on an Android device:

  • Open the OverDrive Media Console app.
  • Go to the bookshelf.
  • Tap grey + next to the book you want to return.
  • Tap Return/Delete.
  • Tap Return then Delete.


Return EPUBs using Adobe Digital Editions on your computer 



Can I download one ebook to multiple devices during the checkout period (i.e. a computer, a Nook, an iPad, and iPhone)?

Yes! You can download an EPUB eBook to any device authorized with your Adobe ID. Because you can only register six devices to an Adobe ID, you can only download to six different devices. Your computer counts as one device. Download eBooks during the checkout period by going to OverDrive > My Account > Currently checked out > Download

You can also download Kindle books to all Kindle devices and Kindle apps registered with your Amazon ID. After you deliver your Kindle eBook to your first device, all devices registered with your Amazon Account will automatically receive your title after syncing.

NOTE: Library books are delivered to Archive in the Kindle app. You must click on the title to finish downloading.


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