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OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks: iPads & iPhones

Getting Started

Step 1: Install app: OverDrive app or Amazon Kindle Reading.

Step 2: Check out an eBook from OverDrive eBooks.

Step 3: Download the book and enjoy!

Obtaining an Adobe ID

A free Adobe ID is required in order to use the OverDrive Media Console app for portable devices and to install Adobe Digital Editions on multiple computers and/or devices (up to six). Go to, click Sign In and follow the directions.

Obtaining an Amazon Account

A free Amazon account is required to log in to a Kindle or Kindle Reading app and use OverDrive eBooks on computers and portable devices.

To create a new account go to and mouse over Hello-Sign In-Your Account (top right). Click Start Here (under the yellow Sign In button) and follow the instructions.

To associate the account with a device, go to Menu, Settings, Registration and log in.

Installing the OverDrive App on your Apple Device

Go to the App Store and search for OverDrive Media Console. Tap the FREE button on the right side. It will change to the word Install.

Tap Install and type the Apple password. The OverDrive Media Console will install. Open the Media Console.

Installing Kindle for iOS

If a Kindle customer, install the Kindle for iPad app  or the Kindle for iPhone app to read Kindle format eBooks.

An Amazon Kindle account will be needed. To create a new account, go to and mouse over Hello-SignIn-YourAccount (top right). Click Start Here (under the yellow Sign In button) and follow the instructions provided.

Checkout & Download an eBook on an Apple Device

To download a book from a browser:

Browse or search by title, subject, or author. Find a book that has the Kindle format or EPUB format available.

  1. Browse or search by title, subject or author and find a Kindle format book.
  2. Select Borrow.
  3. Sign-in with a current UDelNet ID and password.
  4. Click on Download  and then select EPUB or Kindle Book.
  5. Click on Confirm & Download. You will be redirected to OverDrive Media Console or the Amazon site.

Authorizing OverDrive on your iPad

Using OverDrive Media Console, tap the Get Books icon in the top right. Tap the Settings button at the bottom. Touch the Sign In button to sign in using a Adobe ID.

After authorization has finished, tap Get Books at the bottom left side of the screen. Tap Add a Library.

Type a zip code or other location information to find the University of Delaware Library.

Returning an EPUB Book Early

To return an eBook early, go to the bookshelf where the checked-out titles are displayed.

  1. Tap on the plus sign to the right of the title.
  2. Tap Return/Delete.
  3. Tap Return then Delete when prompted. The book will be returned.

Returning a Book Early

The eBooks can be returned early from the Your Kindle Library section of Manage Your Kindle at

  1. Find the eBook title on the list of items. 
  2. Locate the Actions pull-down menu to the right. 
  3. Choose Return this Book from the menu. A Return Loan Confirmation box will appear asking for confirmation of the return.