What to buy - e-reader vs Ipad 

Where to get books:  OVERDRIVE   a service of NHPL

Overdrive help page – From Overdrive – how-to and tutorials.

OVERDRIVE help page – From the Wisconsin Library Consortia — another place to find answers.

Free books through this library!   Questions about OVERDRIVE?  Start Here:    Digital Book FAQ

How to borrow an e-book from Wired magazine – a good overview of the steps

How to check out Library books on your kindle for free    good instructions from the How-To Geek page

Here are two youTube tutorials prepared by South Central Library System on loading e-books to a device:

To download EPUB e-books or MP3 audiobooks to your Kindle Fire:

  • Install the OverDrive Media Console Android App on your Kindle Fire. It is not available in the Amazon Market. Instead, go to http://overdrive.com/Software/omc/ and click on “Download OverDrive Media Console for Android from OverDrive.” You may want to watch the video about how to use the app. (This video highlights the use of the app on iPhones, but it works similarly on the Fire.)
  • Be sure you have allowed installations of apps on your Kindle Fire. Here are the steps to do so:1. From the Home screen, tap the ‘Quick Settings’ icon and select More.
    2. Tap Device.
    3. Turn the switch for “Allow Installation of Applications” to the “on” position.

You must have a WiFi connection to download Overdrive books to a Kindle Fire. There is no USB port.


What worked here at the library :   Steps to put an OVERDRIVE book on a Kindle using the USB port.  OVERDRIVE will put the book on your home computer. (the computer you logged into OVERDRIVE with)  Connect the Kindle to your computer with the USB cable and open My documents.

To move the book to your Kindle:  my computer – documents- my documents- downloads (the title of the book should be in the downloads file) right click the title to copy.  Go to the documents in the Kindle and right click paste.  The book should now be on your Kindle.