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:

OverDrive Read

EPUB

  • 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.

PDF

  • 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).
  • 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.

Kindle Books

  • 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.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2017 09:04AM EDT