Tips for Getting Library eBooks

Tip #1:  Got a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus (running Android), and have no idea how to get eBooks from the library?

In the “Getting started with Android” article, you’ll find a simple instructions on how to install the software needed, find a title and enjoy it on your new Android device.

Tip #2:

Confused with the error messages or don’t understand something?

In the OverDrive Help section of the eMedia Catalog the ‘Search’ bar will take you to more specific articles addressing a variety of troubleshooting issues. Just type in a keyword or two to find what you need. It’s best to keep your searches simple.  For instance, if you’re looking for information on how to download eBooks directly to a Sony Reader Wi-Fi, try searching for “download to Sony Reader” rather than entering a complete question. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on the first try, simplify your search, or change a word and try again.  In our example, we could search for “Sony Reader” and still find what we’re looking for.  Try starting somewhat specific, then get more general if you have trouble finding what you need.

Tip #3:

When you’re not sure where to start go to OverDrive Help. You will see that there IS a help site, and that it’s easy to use.  If you find something hard to use, inaccurate, or simply yearn for some feature we have yet to add, just let us know.  We’re here to help, after all!


Kindle Device Grayed Out on Amazon

When I try to send a library ebook to my Kindle, it’s grayed out. Why?

On February 10th, there was  change in how eBooks published by Penguin Books are transferred to a Kindle eReader.  They are transferred using an USB cable. These eBooks can be identified in the eMedia Catalog by their link which reads Kindles and free Kindle apps via USB only:

Kindle DX

How do I get library eBooks on my Kindle DX?  I tried using my Internet connection on the Kindle DX and the eBooks will not transfer.

The problem is your Kindle DX does NOT come with WiFi. It ONLY has 3G (check out this Kindle ereaders comparison chart a bit down the page). Library eBooks can not be transferred using 3G to your device.  This is true for any eReader with 3G. You have to use a WiFi system (Libraries offer free WiFi as well as a variety of other local sites including Starbucks and McDonalds).

However, not all is lost!  You can transfer Library eBooks to your Kindle DX using an USB cable and a computer.

  1. Install the Kindle App on your computer.
  2. Checkout a Kindle eBook from the Library
  3. Send it to your computer.
  4. Connect your Kindle DX to the computer with it’s USB cable.
  5. Find the book on your computer and copy it to your Kindle DX.

For more in-depth instructions  see our blog post:  How to Transfer eBooks to your Kindle.

Library eBooks for Kindle eReaders

Do you have a Kindle eReader and want to learn how to get the library eBooks on it?

Here’s our Kindle How to Guide to get you start with library ebooks.

All you need is a Wifi connection and a computer or a tablet to check out ebooks for our eMedia Catalog.

Kindle Fire users can follow this guide as well, the difference is you can do everything directly on your Kindle Fire, no computer needed!

How to Transfer Library eBooks to Kindle Using USB

If you don’t have WiFi access you can transfer your Library eBook to your Kindle using an USB cable.  Amazon Kindle Support provides the steps to follow to do it. Go to Amazon Kindle Support downloading without a wireless connection and follow the steps. There is even a video to show you how it’s done!

Kindle Fire and Library eBooks

We don’t have a Kindle Fire yet but some patrons are reporting issues about how to get Library eBooks onto their Kindle Fire Tablet.

I did locate this information which maybe helpful for new Kindle Fire owners.


Go to our eMedia Catalog an get the Overdrive app from  To get the app, you need to click on Mobile/Android device and then click where it says “If your device doesn’t support Android Market, you can download OverDrive Media Console for Android from OverDrive.”

Once you have an item checked out and downloaded via the Amazon app (that part works the same as the Kindle eReaders downloads from our eMedia Catalog), go to Settings/Wi-Fi and tap on Sync. Then the book will show in the bookshelf and be able to be read.

The other problem with the app as it is now, unlike the app for iPad that only allows you to checkout and download material that will work with the iPad, the Kindle Fire app allows the user to checkout anything – some formats will not work on the Kindle Fire but are still considered checked out to the user (taking up some of their limit) and they are not returnable via the Amazon login. Kindle Fire only works with Kindle editions and MP3 audiobooks. No video, music of WMA formats.

Supposedly it will download epub editions but it requires the user to have an Adobe ID. Really hoping Amazon continues their cooperation with Overdrive and allows a better app to be made available.

Other comments about the Kindle Fire and Library eBooks can be found at the Customer Discussion site.