KINDLE: How can I download eBooks and eAudiobooks to my Kindle Fire?

Our Kindle guide explains how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks to your device.


Why do some Kindle books I check out from OverDrive say "Kindles and free Kindle apps via USB only"?

This happens on all Kindle books purchased from Penguin Group publishers. Penguin Group does not allow their Kindle books to be delivered via a wireless connection from one device to another. You must first download the Kindle book to your computer and then you can transfer to a device using a USB cable.

NOTE: Interestingly, if you download the book to the Kindle app on your computer, you can then transfer the eBook via wireless connection to any Wi-Fi capable device registered to your Amazon account. You can also download the book directly onto a mobile device if you have the Kindle app. After you have checked out your book and selected Get for Kindle, choose Transfer via Computer and the book will be downloaded to your Kindle app on your device.


ADE: How do I activate Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID?

To activate Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID…

  • Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  • The 'Setup Assistant' dialog box is displayed.
  • Click 'Continue'.
  • The 'Authorize Computer' screen is displayed.
  • In the appropriate fields, enter the email address and password for your Adobe ID.
  • If you do not already have an Adobe ID, click 'get an Adobe ID online' and follow the instructions to sign up for an Adobe ID.
  • Click 'Activate'.
  • Your computer is activated to your Adobe ID.
  • Click 'Finish' to close the 'Setup Assistant' dialog box.


ANDROID: Where can I get the OverDrive Media Console mobile app for my Android device?

OverDrive Media Console for Android is available for download at the Android Market.


Can I return Overdrive audiobooks early to make room in my account to download new items?

Early releses of the OverDrive Media Console app didn't allow audiobooks to be returned early. With the release of OverDrive Media Console v2.4 for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, users can now return audiobooks. 
The system requirements are still the same. The free apps can be installed on phones and devices running…

  • Android v1.5 (or newer)
  • Touch screen BlackBerry OS v4.7 (or newer)
  • Non-touch screen BlackBerry OS v4.5 (or newer)
  • Windows Phone 7 (or newer)

Unfortunately, you still can't return audiobooks on a Kindle or iOS device. Once you have reached the 5 item limit on your Overdrive account, you have to wait for one of your items to expire before downloading another item.   However, you may return ebooks early using the Overdrive app or Kindle app.  Select the item then from the menu pick Delete and then Return then Delete.


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