What is an Adobe EPUB book?

An Adobe EPUB eBook is a digital version of a print book that has been optimized for on-screen reading. The text in an EPUB eBook is reflowable, which means that you can change the font, resize the text, or alter the size of your display, and the text will rewrap itself to fit the available viewing area. Adobe EPUB eBooks also support embedded content, allowing, for instance, a Flash video to be embedded within an eBook.  Adobe Digital Editions must be installed and activated to download and read EPUB eBooks on your computer. If you want to download and read EPUBs on a mobile device, you must install the OverDrive Media Console app and authorize your device with a free Adobe ID.


ADE: How do I return eBooks early through Adobe Digital Editions?

To return EPUBs early…

  • Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Select the 'Library View' icon (in the upper left corner).
  • The Adobe Digital Editions library is displayed.
  • Under the 'Bookshelves' heading, select 'Borrowed'.
  • Click the eBook you want to return.
  • Click the 'Item Options' arrow (in the upper left corner of the selected eBook).
  • Select 'Return Borrowed Item'.
  • Click 'Return' to verify that you want to return the title.
  • The eBook is returned to the library collection.


What software do I need to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive?

The software you need depends on the device and format you want to download.

Kindle Books

  • A Kindle device or the Kindle app

EPUB eBooks

  • Adobe Digital Editions (if you are using a computer)
  • OverDrive Media Console app (if you are downloading directly to the device)

MP3 audiobooks

  • OverDrive Media Console (if you are using a computer)
  • OverDrive Media Console app (if you are downloading directly to the device)


How can I transfer a WMA eAudiobook to my iPad/iPod Touch?

Downloading WMA eAudiobooks to an iOS Device 

What you need

  • iOS Device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)
  • Computer with internet
  • USB cable
  • OverDrive Media Console on your computer
  • iTunes on your computer
  • Library card

How it works

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer, select your device in the left navigation pane and place a checkmark next to the option "Manually manage music and..." found on the summary tab under Options, click Apply.
  • Browse to the marmot.lib.overdrive.com website from your computer.
  • Sign in to your account with your library card number (to see OverDrive Advantage titles).
  • Find a WMA audiobook, Add to Book Bag, Proceed to Checkout, Confirm Checkout and click Download.
  • Download your book to OverDrive Media Console on your computer.
  • In OverDrive Media Console highlight the title you would like to transfer.
  • Click the Transfer button. The Transfer Wizard is displayed.
  • Verify that the correct title and player is displayed on the first screen of the Transfer Wizard and click Next.
  • In the Parts dialog box, select the Part(s) you want to transfer by checking the box(es) next to the Part name(s).
  • Click Next to begin transferring the file(s) to your device.
  • When the transfer is complete, the Transfer Wizard displays a Success message.
  • Click Finish to exit the Transfer Wizard.
  • Disconnect the iOS device from your computer.
  • You can play your eAudiobook on your iOS in the Music app under More > Audiobooks

How is an EPUB eBook different from a PDF file?

Adobe EPUB eBooks offer reflowable text, which means that you can change the font, resize the text, or alter the size of your display and the text of the Adobe EPUB eBook 'reflows' to fill the available view area. This makes Adobe EPUB eBooks the optimal choice for reading eBooks on small screens. While some PDFs are reflowable on some devices (such as the Sony Reader), one of the main strengths of the PDF format is its ability to preserve the layout of complex documents.


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