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What is OverDrive eBooks?

OverDrive eBooks allows University of Delaware faculty, students and staff to borrow popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and download them to computers and portable devices.

Users will need a current UDelNetID and password to check out eBooks.

 

Compatible Computers and Portable Devices

A wide range of eBook readers and portable devices can be used. See the OverDrive Device Resource Center for details.

 

Technology Required

-PC, Mac or portable device

-UDelNet ID and password

-Free software or app (e.g., OverDrive Media Console app, Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle Reading app)

-Older Kindle models and some Nooks require USB cables

-An Adobe ID or Amazon Kindle account may be required for some applications

 

Borrowing eBooks

Checkout Limit
A user may have up to three eBooks checked out at one time.

Lending Period
The lending period is 14 days. Books are automatically returned on the due date and can be returned early.

Renewal
The eBooks can be renewed three days before the due date by clicking on "Renew". At the end of the loan period, if no one else has placed a hold on the book, the user can check out the book a second time.

 

OverDrive eBooks Guide

This guide is designed to help OverDrive eBooks users at the University of Delaware.

The subject tabs in this guide link to information related to specific computers and portable devices: KindlesAndroid devicesiPadsPCs & MacsNooks and Sony Readers.

 

Getting Started

Step 1: Obtain an Adobe ID or Amazon Kindle account (if required for the computer or device).

Step 2: Install the applicable free software or app (e.g., OverDrive Media Console app, Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle Reading app).

Step 3: Check out an eBook from OverDrive eBooks.

Step 4: Download the book and enjoy!

Each type of computer or portable device downloads eBooks in a different way. Once the eBook format has been selected at Add to Cart (EPUB, PDF or Kindle), OverDrive eBooks will provide instructions.

 

How to Check Out an eBook from OverDrive eBooks

1. Go to OverDrive eBooks.

2. Browse or search by title, subject or author.

3. Click on Borrow.

4. Sign-in with a current UDelNet ID and password.

5. Click on Download and then select a format (EPUB, Kindle, PDF). The lending period is 14 days. Choose Confirm & Download.

 

Recommendation for Purchase

The Library welcomes suggestions for OverDrive eBooks. Please use the Recommendation for Purchase form to send your suggestions.

 

Ask a Librarian

 

Questions?

Questions? Use the Ask a Librarian service or click the Help link on the OverDrive eBooks website.

The OverDrive Going Mobile videos provide a series of short, step by step videos. Each series is designed to help users browse, check out, and download.

 

Placing a Hold on an eBook

If an eBook is unavailable, the message Place a Hold appears instead of Borrow. Provide an email address.

When notified that the eBook is available, click Account on the OverDrive eBooks website and sign in. Choose Holds and proceed to check out.

A maximum of six eBooks can be added to a hold list.

Holds will expire three days after notification.

 

Don't Have a Device? Try OverDrive Read

OverDrive Read is a simple way to enjoy eBooks using a web browser. There are no apps to download, no software to install, just click ‘Read’ and start reading. The book opens in a web browser, complete with the navigation controls found on any dedicated eReader.

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