If you want to read your eBook on a desktop or laptop computer, the easiest way to get started is to use OverDrive Read to read the eBook in your browser. OverDrive Read is available for most eBooks. In some browsers, you can also download and bookmark the eBook for offline access. For step by step instructions on how to use this function, click here.
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
Alternatively, you can read eBooks on your computer with Adobe Digital Editions (free software) installed. If you wish to transfer your eBook to an eReader, you will need to use Adobe Digital Editions.
NOTE: OverDrive recommends authorizing ADE with an OverDrive Account (see steps below), but some individuals are having problems with this. If this happens, please follow the steps above and authorize with an Adobe Account.
Formats - Nearly all of our eBooks are available in EPUB format.
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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