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Ebooks at Cornell: OverDrive
 

OverDrive

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a system by which current Cornell students, faculty and staff can check out and download ebooks and audiobooks.

Lending periods:

Ebooks               7, 14, 21, or 28 days
Audiobooks       7, 14, or 21 days

The maximum loan period is selected by default.

Maximum number of titles that can be checked out at any one time: 3

Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees.

Items are available in four formats: Kindle and EPub for ebooks, MP3 and WMA for audiobooks. See below for help with downloading requirements.

Ebooks

Here is a brief guide to getting started using OverDrive for ebooks:

Step 1:  Find what you want to read.

On the Cornell OverDrive page, search for the book(s) you'd like to check out or locate the book in the Library Catalog. 

Step 2:  Choose the format you need for the device you'll be using, and click "Add to Cart".
(Once you have added an item to your cart you have 15 minutes to "Proceed to Check Out" before it is removed from your cart for others to check out.)

Shown here are the format choices you'll see in OverDrive; suggested devices are listed just below. 

OverDrive file format options

  • Amazon offers free Kindle apps for a wide array of e-reading devices, so you don't have to have a Kindle to use this format.  Note: there are select publishers that require that the Kindle download be done via USB port (requiring a Kindle device); this will be noted just below the format icon.
  • Both Adobe EPUB and Adobe PDF e-book formats can be used on many devices, as well.
  • See OverDrive's Device Resource Center for more help in choosing the right format for your device.

When ready for checkout, choose a loan period. Regardless of your format choice, if you haven't done so already, you will need to download some additional software before downloading your e-book (see below).  After checkout, you are free to download your e-book when you are ready (no immediate time limit).

Step 3:  Make sure you have the software you need for the type of e-book you want to download.  If not, download the software needed:

  • Kindle format choice will take you into the Amazon page; choose "Get Library Book".  Login to your Amazon account and choose a delivery option.
     
  • For the Adobe EPUB and PDF formats you will need to download and install the free Adobe Digital Editions software or the OverDrive Media Console.  Once installed, you will be able to download your new title into your Adobe Digital Editions library for reading on your computer or for transfer to a device.


Step 4:
  When you are finished with your e-book, you can return it early (this lets you to check out a new one under your 3-book limit)

  • For Kindle books, go into Amazon and look for the Kindle link to find "Manage Your Kindle" to return and/or delete the item from your Kindle Library.
     
  • For  EPUBs and PDFs, within your  OverDrive Media Console go to your Bookshelf and hold down on the book you wish to return until the options show up and then click on Return.

Audiobooks

You can enjoy our audiobooks in two formats: WMA and MP3.

Note that at this time WMA formated audiobooks cannot be downloaded directly to an Apple computer or device. They can be downloaded to a PC and transferred to an Apple device (iPhone, IPad...) using iTunes.

Step 1:  Find what you want to listen to.

On the Cornell OverDrive page, search for the book(s) you'd like to check out or locate the book in the library catalog.

Step 2: Choose the WMA or MP3 format , and click "Add to Cart".

(Once you have added an item to your cart you have 15 minutes to "Proceed to Check Out" before it is removed from your cart for others to check out.)

Step 3: Download the OverDrive Media Console on your computer or device.

Step 4: Proceed to Check Out to choose loan period and confirm check out.

Step 5: Click on the download button from the device or computer you wish to read the item on.