Android Products

Additional eBook Help

For additional help, please go to the following website: Overdrive Help

Using the Overdrive Read format on a portable device.

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

The Overdrive Read format allows you to read an eBook in the browser of your portable device without needing any extra software or Adobe IDs.  For the Kindle Fire, you will also not be directed to finish the checkout through Amazon.  Please note that the Overdrive Read format works on most Apple products (iPod, iPad, iPhone) and Android devices (Android phones, tablets, Kindle Fire etc), as well as portable devices based on Windows (Windows phones and tablets).  It is not compatible with standard dedicated eReaders such as the basic Nook and basic Kindle models.

In order to use this format, please follow these instructions.

1.  Go to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog located at http://hcpl.lib.overdrive.com.

What formats can I check out and download to my Android device?

On the HCPL Digital Media Catalog, the only eBook formats that will work on the Android devices are the "EPUB" and "Kindle" formats. The PDF format will not work on the Android Device. If you would like to learn how to read our eBooks on your Android device, please see the support topic called "Downloading library books to your Android device using the Overdrive app."

If you wish to listen to eAudio on the Android Device, the only compatible format is the MP3 eAudio. The WMA format will not work on the Android device. If you would like to learn how to listen to eAudio titles on your Android device, please see the support topic called "Downloading eAudio books to your Android device."

Tech Tutor Sessions, All Summer Long!

Beginning next Saturday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, our Tech Tutors will be offering weekly one-on-one sessions from 10 am to noon.

Drop by the library any Saturday through August with your digital device and we'll walk you through the process of checking items out from our Digital Media Catalog onto your device.

Sessions start when we open at 10 am and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.  Hope to see you there!

Downloading the OverDrive App to your Android Device

The OverDrive App is now available for Android products!  You can download it free of charge through Google Play, the new Android Marketplace, on your smartphone or tablet.  

An exception to this rule is with the Kindle Fire.  The App Store on the Fire is run through the Amazon marketplace, which is a subset of the Android marketplace that, unfortunately, does not at present carry the OverDrive App.  However, there is a fairly simple way around this.

Amazon's default settings of the Kindle Fire make it so that you cannot download third-party (i.e. non-Amazon) apps.  To their credit, they make it fairly easy to turn this setting off.  The first step in getting the OverDrive app to your Kindle Fire is to tap the gear at the top of your screen to go into the device's settings.  Next, select the far right option that reads "More..."  Scroll down and tap where it says "Device".  Towards the bottom of the screen, tap where it says "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources".  Naturally, a warning about the security of your Kindle pops up.  Select OK.  You should now be allowed to install third-party applications to your Fire.

The next step is to open the web browser on your device and to head to Overdrive.com.  

How to Download eBooks & More @ your library

The under50over Program at Clear Lake City-County Freeman welcomes you Friday, February 10th at 10:30 am in the Marge Jacobson Community Room. Laura Smith, Reference Librarian, Adult Services, will show how to download free materials from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog to your e-reader or PC.

Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library.

Recent Additions to the HCPL Digital Media Blog

 Hopefully you have been enjoying the semi-weekly updates to the Digital Media Catalog eBooks section.

 I have been able to create eBook orders on a weekly basis as opposed to the monthly basis as is normal.  Three of the four I have ordered are actually live on the site.  The fourth one was unexpectedly delayed after I ordered it but I am hopeful it should be live soon. 

 

There were not enough good titles added to our vendor's catalog to order last week so I am combining last week’s picks with this week’s to order another list of titles.  Because of donations from some of our branch’s friends of the library groups, this trend of ordering eBooks on a weekly basis should continue through at least January.

Returning eBooks Early on Android Devices

Android Return Early

To return the title early, or to delete it from the device, make sure you are in the “Bookshelf” screen.  Press and hold on the book jacket of the title to return.  A pop up should show up with three options on it.  Select “Return” to return and delete the title.

E-Book Computer Class

Do plan on giving or receiving an e-reader device this holiday season?  Or are you just curious about how to navigate the library's digital media catalog?  For some hands-on answers your digital questions, sign up for our E-Books and Digital Library class in December.  We will offer an English and a Spanish language session on the following dates:

Spanish :

Wednesday, December 7

6 pm - 7:45 pm

 

English :

Wednesday, December 14th

6 pm - 7:45 pm

We'll help you with your DIGITALNESS!

Do you have a E-booksnew reader? Don't know how to use it? Come on in or give us a call! We'll be more than happy to assist you.  We know it all: IPads, Kindles, Nooks, Sony Readers, Androids and the list goes on and on. Look to the near future and we be having Digitalness Learning Sessions for everyone.

Kindle January 7, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

Nook January 14, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

IPad January 28, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

 

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