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Downloading e-books to a PC or Mac computer

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Downloading e-books to a PC or Mac computer

You can read e-books on your computer, without a device or eReader.

The Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and Sony e-Reader are examples of devices that connect to a computer to download e-books. The first step with these e-readers is always to download to a PC or Mac computer.

Step 1: Establish an Adobe ID

Before you can transfer e-books from your computer to your e-reader, you will need to install free software called Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID.

Go to www.adobe.com and click SIGN IN. This will take you to the Adobe login page. Click on the link to "Not a member yet? Get an Adobe ID". Fill in the required information to complete the registration form. You only need to establish your Adobe ID once.

Step 2: Install Adobe Digital Editions

  • To download and install Adobe Digital Editions software, go to http://www.adobe.com/ca/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html.
  • Choose the Macintosh or Windows version and download the installation file. Run the installation file and follow the prompts to install.
  • Next, authorize Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID. Open Adobe Digital Editions, click Help, then select Authorize Computer. Enter you Adobe ID and password from Step 1 above. Select OverDrive as your eBook Vendor.
  • Before transferring any books to your ereader, you must sign them out in the Ontario Library Service Download Centre.

Step 3: Finding and checking out EPUB e-books

Visit the Ontario Library Service Download Centre by OverDrive web site.

To log in, click on the "Sign In" link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, or click on the Account icon near the top of the page. You will be prompted to choose your library (Blue Mountains Public Library), type in your 14-digit library card number (no spaces) and your PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number). If you wish, check off Remember my login information on this device. What is my library card number?

OverDrive sign in and menu area

Here are some ways you can search:

  • Enter title, author or keywords in the Search Bar

OverDrive Search Box

  • Browse by Format

OverDrive Browse by Format

  •  Click Advanced Search under the search bar. Under Format, select All eBooks. At the bottom of the search screen, check Available Now to see what's available immediately. Click Search.
  • Hover over or click the cover of a book for more information. Click More to see a full description.

Step 4: Borrowing and downloading an e-book

  • When you have found a title you want to check out, click the Borrow button. The book will immediately be signed out to you for 14 days.
  • If you did not choose or filter using Available Now when you searched, you may find titles that are already signed out. When a title is signed out, the symbol on upper right-hand corner of the book jacket will be greyed out. If you hover your mouse over the cover, you will see the Place a Hold button. Enter your email address. You will be notified by email when the book is available. By default, it is checked out to you as soon as you are notified.
  • You may now download your EPUB ebook to your computer. Go to your Account by clicking on the Account icon at the top of the Ontario Library Service website.
  •  Your Checkouts will appear and you will see all the titles you have signed out. Next to each title is a Download button. Click on Download to download the EPUB ebook into Adobe Digital Editions (Sony Reader Library for Sony users).
  • When you click on Download, you will be asked to open or save the file. Select Open in Adobe Digital Editions. If you computer can't figure out how to open this kind of file, go to the OverDrive website for instructions on how to set up Adobe Digital Editions to open acsm files automatically.
  • The screen shot below shows the Adobe Digital Editions screen with 2 borrowed titles in Library View. A banner runs across the upper right hand side of the book jackets indicating how much time is left on the lending period. This banner information may not always be accurate – refer to your due dates in your account in Download Library to verify due dates.

Adode Digital Editions Library View

You may now read the e-book within Adobe Digital Editions or transfer to a Kobo or other dedicated e-reader.

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