An eBook is a digital book that can be read on a computer or mobile device.
Here are the different eBook formats that may be available to you when you borrow an eBook from your school or library:
- Read in your browser. No software or downloads are required to read OverDrive Read eBooks.
- Reading progress and bookmarks are stored in the cloud, so you can always pick up where you left off no matter what device you're on.
- Most eBooks automatically adjust to fit your screen, but some have a fixed layout (set by the publisher) to better display graphic-heavy eBooks.
- Some eBooks (called OverDrive Read-along eBooks) have professional narration accompanying them.
- OverDrive Read has a lot of options to customize your reading experience.
- Learn more about getting started with OverDrive Read.
- You can download and read all EPUB eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on a computer or the OverDrive app (for Android, Chromebook, iOS, or Windows 8 and up).
- There are two types of EPUB eBooks: Adobe and Open EPUB.
- Adobe EPUB
- Open EPUB
- Open EPUB eBooks aren't protected by Adobe's DRM system. This means you don't need to authorize your computer or device before reading them.
- Open EPUBs can be downloaded to any reading app of your choice (like iBooks or Play Books) in addition to the OverDrive app or Adobe Digital Editions.
- EPUB eBooks automatically adjust to fit your screen and allow you to change display options like the font size, number of columns, and more.
- You can download and read all PDF titles using Adobe Digital Editions. Unlike EPUBs, PDFs are not compatible with the OverDrive app.
- There are two types of PDF titles: Adobe and Open PDF.
- Adobe PDFs
- Adobe PDFs are protected by Adobe's DRM system. These eBooks require you to authorize your computer before reading them. Learn more about authorizing your computer.
- Open PDFs
- Open PDFs aren't protected by Adobe's DRM system. This means you don't need to authorize your computer before reading them.
- Open PDFs can be opened in your device's web browser (like Chrome or Safari) or in another reading app (but not the OverDrive app).
- Adobe PDFs
- PDFs have a fixed layout, so they don't automatically adjust to fit your screen, and don't allow you to adjust display options like font size. However, you can zoom in on a page or graphic.
- PDFs are often used for graphic novels, illustrated eBooks, textbooks, and other titles with specific layouts.
- You can read Kindle Books on any Kindle device or Kindle reading app.
- Kindle Books are only available to borrow from U.S. libraries and schools.
- They work just like any other Kindle Book from Amazon, but they will expire at the end of your lending period like any library eBook.
- Learn how to borrow Kindle Books from your library.
- Read in your browser. No software or downloads are required to read MediaDo Reader eBooks.
- Reading progress and bookmarks are saved in your current browser.
- These eBooks have a static layout with set page breaks, so you can zoom in and out of a page or graphic.
- MediaDo Reader is designed to read graphic novels and content that reads right-to-left or top-to-bottom.
- Learn more about MediaDo Reader's features.
- Learn more about getting started with MediaDo Reader.