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What is an Adobe EPUB book?

An Adobe EPUB eBook is a digital version of a print book that has been optimized for on-screen reading. The text in an EPUB eBook is reflowable, which means that you can change the font, resize the text, or alter the size of your display, and the text will rewrap itself to fit the available viewing area. Adobe EPUB eBooks also support embedded content, allowing, for instance, a Flash video to be embedded within an eBook.  Adobe Digital Editions must be installed and activated to download and read EPUB eBooks on your computer. If you want to download and read EPUBs on a mobile device, you must install the OverDrive Media Console app and authorize your device with a free Adobe ID.

 

NOOK: Why won't Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) recognize my NOOK?

  • The problem is likely that your Nook came preloaded with an Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) folder and because of this your ADE program won't recognize your device.
  • Go to "My Computer" (or the equivalent on your PC or MAC).
  • Click on the Nook drive.
  • Find and copy the file ".adobe-digital-editions" to your desktop. Delete the file on on your Nook drive.
  • Safely eject and unplug the Nook from the computer.
  • Close Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Restart Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Plug the Nook to the computer.
  • Adobe Digital Editions should display the Nook icon and prompt you to authorize the device.
  • If not, go back to the Nook drive in "My Computer".
  • Find and delete the "Digital Editions" file.
  • Close Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Restart Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Adobe Digital Editions should display the Nook icon and prompt you to authorize the device.
  • Authorize the device.
  • You can transfer books now!

ADE: How do I return eBooks early through Adobe Digital Editions?

To return EPUBs early…

  • Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Select the 'Library View' icon (in the upper left corner).
  • The Adobe Digital Editions library is displayed.
  • Under the 'Bookshelves' heading, select 'Borrowed'.
  • Click the eBook you want to return.
  • Click the 'Item Options' arrow (in the upper left corner of the selected eBook).
  • Select 'Return Borrowed Item'.
  • Click 'Return' to verify that you want to return the title.
  • The eBook is returned to the library collection.

 

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.

 

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