Talking Between Reads (TBR): Using OverDrive for eBooks

Posted September 22, 2014 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | | 10 Comments



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The titles you check out through Overdrive will automatically expire after 7-21 days, depending on your library, so there’re no late charges or hassle to return.

How To Get Free eBooks From Libraries Using Overdrive

You’ve heard me say how libraries are great for downloading free ebooks and audiobooks. This week I’ll show you how I get my ebooks through Overdrive from my library.


So how does Overdrive work?


OverDrive – For eBooks and Audiobooks

Adobe Digital Editions – For eBooks (ereaders other than Kindle)

OverDrive Read – For eBooks. No app or software to install, just click ‘Read’ and start reading in your browser.


Transferring to a Kindle is super easy.

Click BORROW from your library site.


Choose KINDLE BOOK as the download option. Then CONFIRM & DOWNLOAD.
Amazon will open and you will then choose to GET LIBRARY BOOK and send it to your KINDLE.


Transferring to a Nook is not so easy.

I have a Nook Color and I’ve not be able to transfer an ebook to it yet.

Choose ADOBE ePUB eBOOK as the download option. Then CONFIRM & DOWNLOAD. Open Adobe Digital Editions and connect your Nook to your computer via the USB cable. 


This is how you SHOULD be able to side load your library book to your Nook but I’ve not had luck.


Drag and drop to your Nook.


or COPY to your Nook.


Doesn’t matter if I drag and drop or copy I cannot get the ebook onto my Nook Color because I don’t have permission to “copy” the book. I’m not trying to copy it, I’m trying to borrow it. This is the same issue I have when I try to side load a NetGalley book to my Nook. One reason I bought a Kindle Paperwhite.

There is an Overdrive app for Nook but again I can’t get it to work correctly. So I use my Kindle for library ebooks.

There is Overdrive Help for Nook Tablets (which include the NOOK HD, HD+, Tablet, and Color but I’ve tried it all and can’t get it to work with my Color. Maybe some of the other Nook owners have had better luck than me? If so let me know in the comments. 

Reading in your browser.  



Choose READ (In your browser)



Here ya go. It’s in your browser. You have a control panel to the right to change font sizes and other things.

Clearly the Kindle option is the easy way I’ve found to read ebooks from Overdrive via my library.


Next week I’ll go over the Overdrive process for checking out audio books.

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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10 responses to “Talking Between Reads (TBR): Using OverDrive for eBooks

  1. I love my library for this very reason – regular print books, eBooks and audiobooks – thanks to Overdrive. Yay – glad to see another library lover 🙂

  2. I’m going to have to give Overdrive a try. I have a Nook HD+ and had problems with getting books via Netgalley and read a little that there’s some issue with the interface between Adobe Digital Editions and the Nook Tablets. But I solved it by just downloading the Kindle app to my Nook and getting them through Kindle. I bet it would work with Overdrive too 🙂

    • Yeah I have a Nook Color because my hubby got it for me. I had the Gen One Nook eink reader and loved it. I bought a Kindle Paperwhite because I wanted the eink again and it’s easier to use with Netgalley and Overdrive.

      I’ll hang on to my Nook Color until I read all the books on it then I’ll retire it. LOL

  3. Nook seems to be the most pain-in-your-ass eReader on the market; I’m kind of happy that it’s not available in Canada. I like my Kindle well enough, but my Kobo is still my favourite by far, but it uses Adobe Digital Editions not OverDrive. Still, thanks for the tips!

  4. Last week, for the first time I borrowed a ebook from my (Palm Beach) library. I have a Sony eReader (ePub) and didn’t have any problems downloading the ebook to my eReader. I followed the same directions you did for your Nook. As soon as I downloaded it it was available on my Sony library and from there I sent it to my eReader.
    Maybe you can try contacting Nook support to see what they have to say. There must be something else you need to do… I don’t know.

    • Shy@Doctor's Notes

      I have the Nook HD Plus and I get it to work through the Bluefin app. If you download that then authorize the device by putting in your Adobe info the first time you download the app it should work for you. At least thats the way I get mine to work.Hope it helps.