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 and borrow an eBook. Borrowed eBooks appear on your Bookshelf (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website.

Step 4

From your Bookshelf, 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 (this is required for downloading protected eBooks). If you don't have an Adobe ID, you'll see a link to create one.

Step 5

Downloaded eBooks should open in ADE. To transfer an eBook to your eReader, make sure you're in ADE's "Library View" (you may need to click the Library button in the upper-left corner to get there). 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: Jul 06, 2015 04:37PM EDT