Option 1: OverDrive Read is a quick way to get started reading eBooks in the browser of your mobile device. In some browsers, you can also download and bookmark the eBook for offline access.
Option 2: The OverDrive App will allow you to download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks for a variety of tablets and smartphones.
Option 3: The Libby App - think of it as a newer, more streamlined cousin of the OverDrive App.
Downloading ebooks directly to a tablet or smartphone is relatively straightforward. The details will vary slightly depending on the type of device – Android, Apple, Windows 8, etc. – but the basic steps are outlined here.
Authorize the app:
During the installation, you will be prompted to do one of the following:
Add Vancouver Public Library to Your OverDrive App
Authorize the app:
The process is very simple. The app itself will walk you through registering your card. If you want a trial run, Libby’s website can walk you through the process. You’ll see an image of a smartphone with a button marked “TRY” at the bottom – click on the “TRY” and it’ll walk you through the process of registering your library card. You can register several cards and, within the app, switch between them.
To determine at a glance which titles are available, look at the open book icon in the top right corner of the eBook cover:
When browsing by genre or format, it is possible to hide all items that are currently checked out - look for the blue box on the left side of the screen that says Show me only titles with copies available.
If all copies of a title are in use, you can place a hold:
Sign in to your VPL to Go account with your library card number and PIN - Note: this is a separate account from My VPL where you would manage your library account for both physical and eBook/eAudiobook materials.
Not finished with your eBook or downloadbale audiobook? Click on the Renew icon to place an advance hold on titles you currently have checked out. Renewing puts you in line to borrow a title again once your first checkout expires.
The option to renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire, appearing next to the title on your Bookshelf in your VPL to Go account. You can only use the renew feature once for each checkout.
How to Place an Advanced Hold
2. Go to your Bookshelf, select the Renew icon next to the title you'd like to renew - Note: This option does not appear until three days before the title is supposed to expire
If there are no existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be green (see example below). You can borrow this title again immediately once your first checkout expires - Note: you will need to re-download the eBook.
If there are existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be greyed out (see example below). You can still use the renew feature to reserve a spot on the title's wait list so you can borrow it again as soon as it's available.
3. Enter and confirm your email address in the renewal form, and click the Renew icon - the Renew icon on your Bookshelf will now have a green checkmark next to it (see example below).
eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are returned automatically after their lending period has expired. When a title expires, you can simply delete the expired book from your device. For information on returning a title before the expiry date, please visit How to return titles before the end of your lending period.
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