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November 19, 2017

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E-books & Downloads : Getting Started with E-books

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Getting Started with E-books

New to E-books? Our guides below will help you get started.

 

READ format works with almost any device

Devices: PC, Mac, Linux, or any mobile device with a web browser

E-book format: OverDrive Read

Read e-books in a web browser

  1. Log into your Library account in the Library's OverDrive catalog
  2. Find an e-book you want and check it out
  3. In your browser, click on the Read  button
  4. View in most Web browsers 

 

If you want to continue reading a book at a later time without going online again, bookmark the link within your browser. Files store in your browser’s cache.

Detailed OverDrive Read Instructions pdf

 

kindles

Devices: Kindle (not including Kindle Fire)

E-book format: Kindle

  1. In the Library's catalog, log into your Library account
  2. Find an e-book you want and check it out
  3. Click on the Download button and choose the Kindle format
  4. Next, you'll be sent to Amazon.com where you will log into the Amazon account associated with your Kindle
  5. The e-book will sync with your Kindle (or Kindle app) via Wi-Fi

 

You may return your e-book early from your Amazon.com account

Detailed Kindle Instructions pdf

 

Kindle Fire

Devices: Kindle Fire

E-book formats: Kindle & EPUB

First time you are checking out e-books from the Library on your Kindle Fire:

  1. Download the OverDrive app to your Kindle Fire
  2. Authorize the OverDrive app with your OverDrive account
  3. Add "The Seattle Public Library" to "My Libraries"

 

After your OverDrive app is set up on your Kindle Fire:

  1. Using the OverDrive app, log into your Library account
  2. Find an e-book you want and check it out
  3. Tap on the Download button and choose either the Kindle or EPUB format
  4. If you download the Kindle format where you will log into the Amazon account associated with your Kindle
  5. The e-book will sync with your Kindle Fire via WiFi

 

You may return your e-book early from your Amazon.com account

Detailed Kindle Fire Instructionspdf

 

Nooks

Devices: Nook, Kobo, PC, Mac 
(Nook HD or Kobo Arc, use the Android instuctions below)

E-book formats: EPUB & PDF

First time you are checking out e-books from the Library on this computer:

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions to your device
  2. Authorize Adobe Digital Editons with an Adobe ID

 

After Adobe Digital Editions is installed and authorized on your computer:

  1. In the Library's catalog, log into your Library account
  2. Find an e-book you want and check it out
  3. Click on the Download button and choose the EPUB or PDF format. The book will appear in Adobe Digital Editions
  4. To transfer the e-book to your Nook or Kobo, plug your Nook or Kobo into your computer using its USB cord
  5. In Adobe Digital Editions, "drag and drop" the e-book into your e-reader

 

You may return e-books early from Adobe Digital Editions

Detailed Nook, Kobo, with PC or Mac Instructionspdf

 

iPad, iPhone, iPos Touch

Devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

E-book format: EPUB

First time you are checking out e-books from the Library on this device:

  1. Install the OverDrive app to your device
  2. Authorize the OverDrive app with an OverDrive account
  3. Add "The Seattle Public Library" to My Libraries

 

After the OverDrive App is installed and authorized on your device:

  1. Open the OverDrive app
  2. Log into your Library account
  3. Find an e-book you want and check it out
  4. Tap on the Download button and choose the EPUB format
  5. E-books download directly to the app's "Bookshelf" via Wi-Fi

 

You may return e-books early from the OverDrive app

Detailed OverDrive App Instructions for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch pdf

 

Android

Devices: Android devices, Nook HD and Kobo Arc

E-book format: EPUB

First time you are checking out e-books from the Library on this device:

  1. Install the OverDrive app to your device
  2. Authorize the OverDrive app with an OverDrive account
  3. Add "The Seattle Public Library" to My Libraries

 

After the OverDrive App is installed and authorized on your device:

  1. Open the OverDrive app
  2. Log into your Library account
  3. Find an e-book you want and check it out
  4. Tap on the Download button and choose the EPUB format
  5. E-books download directly to the app's "Bookshelf" via Wi-Fi

 

You may return e-books early from the OverDrive app

Detailed OverDrive App Instructions for Android pdf

 

Devices: Windows Surface

E-book format: EPUB

First time you are checking out e-books from the Library on this device:

  1. Install the OverDrive app to your device
  2. Authorize the OverDrive app with an OverDrive account
  3. Add "The Seattle Public Library" to My Libraries

 

After the OverDrive App is installed and authorized on your device:

  1. Open the OverDrive app
  2. Log into your Library account
  3. Find an e-book you want and check it out
  4. Tap on the Download button and choose the EPUB format
  5. E-books download directly to the app's "Bookshelf" via Wi-Fi

 

You may return e-books early from the OverDrive app

Detailed OverDrive App Instructions for Windows Surfacepdf

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