The exact method for checking out an eBook depends on the eReader Device that you are using, as many devices allow you to download eBooks directly from Overdrive, while others require that you download  an eBook first to your computer, and then transfer the file over to your eReader device.  Below are instructions for downloading and reading eBooks on your computer.  Scroll down to find links to tutorials for various devices, or click here to return to the Digital Media FAQ page where you left off.

Downloading and Reading eBooks on your computer

Step 1 (Set-up): Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) Software to your computer. (You only need to do this once per computer.)  

  1. From the library’s website, click on the green Download Library button on the right sidebar.
  2. From the Maine InfoNet Download Library page, click on the “Quick Start Guide” to download the ADE software.
  3. Adobe will prompt you to create a free Adobe ID. You need this unique ID to transfer content to your device. You can use ADE anonymously, but you will only be able to read eBooks on your computer, but not transfer them to your device.
  4. Once you launch the ADE software, it will prompt you to authorize your computer.

Step 2: Check-out the eBook you want from the Overdrive site. (Limit 3 eBooks at a time)

  • If it’s already checked out to someone else, click “Place a Hold, provide your email address, and Overdrive will notify you when it becomes available.
  • If the eBook is available, click “Add to Cart.” When you have added eBooks into your cart, click “Proceed To Checkout.”
  • Select Thomas Memorial Library and type your library card number at the prompts.
  • At the Check-Out screen, select 7 or 14 day loan period from the drop-down menu, then click “Confirm to Check Out.”

Step 3: Download and read your eBook in ADE. (3 eBooks max)

  • Click “Download This Item” into ADE on your computer.
  • If ADE does not open automatically; launch it from your Programs menu.
  • If ADE opens but the item is not showing, click on “Library” at the top of the ADE window.


Using an eReader or Mobile Device

Click on the links below to access tutorials for some of the different popular devices.

iPad Tutorial

Kindle Fire Tutorial

Kindle First Edition Tutorial

Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo Tutorial