You can borrow eBooks from your library and transfer them to compatible eReaders using free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software on your Windows or Mac computer.

If you have a Kindle, please refer to our guides on getting started with Kindle eReaders or getting started with Kindle Fire devices.

If you have a NOOK Color, Tablet, HD, HD+, or Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, please refer to our guide on getting started with NOOK tablets.

Step 1

Connect your eReader to your computer.

Step 2

Install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer.

Step 3

On your computer, open your library's OverDrive website (find it using www.overdrive.com) and borrow an eBook.

Step 4

We're in the process of updating our library websites, so you'll need to choose an image below for your next steps.

Select the image that looks like the titles on your library's website.

Step 5

After you borrow an eBook, go to your Checkouts page. From there, use the Choose a format button to select a downloadable format (for the best experience, we recommend EPUB eBook or Open EPUB eBook, though many eReaders also support PDF eBook and Open PDF eBook).

If prompted, authorize ADE with a free Adobe ID or an OverDrive account (this is required for downloading protected eBooks).

Downloaded eBooks open in ADE.

Step 6

To transfer an eBook to your eReader, open the "Library View" in ADE (click the Library button in the top-left corner, if needed). From there, drag and drop the eBook into your eReader, which should appear on the left under "Devices."

Once you've transferred a library eBook, you can read it on your device just like any other eBook.

Note: During the transfer process, your eReader will be automatically authorized with the same Adobe ID you used on your computer.

Note: If you're using a Sony Reader and it isn't recognized by ADE, you may need to install and use the Sony Reader software to transfer eBooks.

Step 5

Borrowed eBooks appear on your Checkouts page (under your Account). From there, use the Download drop-down menu to select a format for each eBook (for the best experience, we recommend Adobe EPUB or Open EPUB, though many eReaders also support Adobe PDF and Open PDF), then select Confirm & Download.

If prompted, authorize your computer with a free Adobe ID or an OverDrive account (this is required for downloading protected eBooks).

Downloaded eBooks open in ADE.

Step 6

To transfer an eBook to your eReader, open the "Library View" in ADE (click the Library button in the top-left corner, if needed). From there, drag and drop the eBook into your eReader, which should appear on the left under "Devices."

Once you've transferred a library eBook, you can read it on your device just like any other eBook.

Note: During the transfer process, your eReader will be automatically authorized with the same Adobe ID you used on your computer.

Note: If you're using a Sony Reader and it isn't recognized by ADE, you may need to install and use the Sony Reader software to transfer eBooks.

For a video overview of how to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer eBooks to popular eReaders, check out our Adobe Digital Editions help videos.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 03:40PM EST