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 HD, HD+, or NOOK by Samsung tablet, 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.

Now, choose the image below that looks like the titles on your library's website.

Step 4

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 Adobe [DRM-protected] eBooks).

Downloaded eBooks open in ADE.

Step 5

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.

Notes:

Step 4

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 Adobe [DRM-protected] eBooks).

Downloaded eBooks open in ADE.

Step 5

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.

Notes:

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: May 23, 2016 03:12PM EDT