Borrowing eBooks on your Android or Apple Device

On either your Android or Apple device, you have the option to use either the Kindle App or the OverDrive Media Console app.  Both apps are free and can be found in your device's app store (the Google Play store for Android devices). Click on the name of the app to be taken to the tutorial. If you need help deciding which app is best for you, see OverDrive Media Console vs. Kindle app

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OverDrive Media Console vs. Kindle app--which one's for me?

Both apps have their pros and their cons.  Let's cover some basics to compare and contrast to see which one is best for you. 

 

OverDrive Media Console

  • Uses Adobe ePub files
  • Allows you to download ebooks and audiobooks (mp3 only) with the same app
  • More steps required to set up, but fewer steps required to check out items
  • Check out and read/listen to items all in the same app
  • Required accounts: Adobe.com ID (for all devices), Apple ID and iTunes account (Apple only)
 

Kindle

  • Uses Kindle files
  • Allows you to store your library ebooks in the same app as your purchased ebooks.  This app only works with ebooks (no audiobooks).
  • Less steps required to set up, but more steps required to check out items
  • Check out ebooks using web browser (either on device or on computer) then read using Kindle app
  • Required accounts: Amazon account (all devices), Apple ID and iTunes account (Apple only) 
 

Kindle App 

Click here to download this tutorial as a PDF

Before you can check out ebooks from DCLS, here’s what you need:

  • A computer with Internet access
  • A device with Internet access
  • Apple ID and password (Apple devices only)
  • An active library card
  • Kindle App on your device
  • Amazon ID and password
Please note: these step-by-step directions were written based off of the iPad download and installations process.  There may be some small changes when using an Android. 
 

If you have not yet downloaded the Kindle App, you can start here:

 1. Download the Kindle App from the App/Google Play store.  You’ll need your Apple password to complete the download if using an Apple device.

2. Register your Kindle App with your Amazon account ID and password.

If you do have the Kindle App, start here:

3. In your web browser, go to digitallibrary.delcolibraries.org.

4.  Use either the search bar or browse to find an available book that you wish to download.

5. When you see a book you’d like to check out, click on the cover.

6. Click “Borrow.”

7. Enter your library card number.

8. Click “sign in.”

9. Click the button that says “Download (select format)

10. Select “Kindle ebook

11. Click "Confirm & Download"

12. Once on the Amazon page, click “Get Library Book.”

13. If you are not logged in to your Amazon account, you will be prompted to do so now. If you already are, continue to step 14.
 
14. From the drop down, select the device you wish to use to read your ebook and click “Continue.”
 
15. Open the Kindle App on your device.  Your book should appear at the top of your library.
 

Still have questions?

Stop by the Reference Desk or call 610-446-3082 x201. We can also set up a one-on-one appointment to walk you through the process.
 

 Overdrive Media Console

Before you can check out ebooks from DCLS, here’s what you need:

  • A device with Internet  access
  • An active library card
  • An Adobe.com ID and password (but you can create this after downloading the app)
  • Your Apple password (Apple only)

Please note: these step-by-step directions were written based off of the iPad download and installations process.  There may be some small changes when using an Android. 

 
1. Download OverDrive Media Console from the App store (it’s free). You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password to start the download.
 
2. Once your download is complete, open the OverDrive App. The first time you open the app, you’ll be prompted to enter your Adobe ID.  If you don’t already have one, you can set one up by selecting “Register at Adobe.com.”  If you do have an ID, enter it and proceed to step 4.
 
3. At the Adobe site, select “Create an Adobe Account” and then fill out the necessary information on the “Join Adobe” page. Click on “Continue” to finish your registration.  Write down your Adobe ID and password. You will need it at step 16. Now return to the Overdrive App.
 
4. Select “Get Books+” in the upper right-hand side of the screen.
 
5. Click “Add a Library.”
 
6. The easiest way to find HTFL is to use “Browse for libraries.” Select United States then Pennsylvania then scroll down until you get to “Haverford Twp.”  Do not select Haverford Branch (that is a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia and will not work with your card).
 
7. After selecting Haverford TWP from the list of PA libraries, click on “Delaware County Library System” to be brought to our ebook catalog.
 
8. Either search or browse to find an available ebook to download.
 

9. When you see a book you’d like to check out, click on the cover.

10. Click “Borrow.”

11. Enter your library card number.

12. Click “sign in.”

13. Click the button that says “Download (select format)

14. Select “EPUB ebook

15. Click “Confirm & Download

16. This will bring you the Overdrive app.  If you did not enter your Adobe ID at step 3, you’ll be prompted for it now. 

17. Your book will now download.  You can find it on your Bookshelf.

 

In the future
The Overdrive App will remember your library (you’ll see Delaware County Library System on the Get Books page. That link takes you directly to our ebook catalog), your library card number, and your Adobe ID. 

Still have questions?

Stop by or call the Reference Desk at 610-446-3082 x201. We can even set up a one-on-one appointment with you to walk you through this process.

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