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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.

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!

How to read EPUB library books on a Kindle Fire.

If you install the Overdrive App on the Kindle Fire, you will be able to read the EPUB format.  This is only beneficial when the title you want to read from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog is not available in the Kindle format.  The Overdrive app is available free in the Amazon App store.

Please follow these steps in order to install the app on your device. 

1.  From the home screen, select “Apps” from the top menu on the device.

2.  Select “Store” in the upper right.

3. In the search box, type “Overdrive” and hit the “search” button.

4.  The “Overdrive Media Console” app should be in the list of results.  It is a blue square with a white “O.”  Select the word “Free” to the right of the apps name.

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.  

Learn to Use Your E-Reader!

Thinking of buying an e-reader or already own one and not sure of how to use it?  The South Houston Branch Library will be hosting a workshop Thursday, March 29 from 2-4 pm where you can learn how to use our digital media catalog and download e-books for free using our wireless network.  Bring your own e-reader or you can compare between the Nook, Kindle or iPad that the branch will have on display.

 

 

 

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e-Reader class @ North Channel

Do you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad or other e-reader?  Did you know you can download free books from the library with your devices?  Come to our "Learn About Out eBooks and eReaders" classes on Wednesday, March 21st and March 28th at 6 pm.  You can bring your device or we will have a Kindle, Nook and iPad available for you to test out.  Registration is required.  You can call the library to register at 281-457-1631.

Using Your Kindle, Nook, I-pad and other e-devices . . . this Friday @ your Library

The under50over Program at Clear Lake City-County Freeman welcomes you Friday, March 9th at 10:30 am in the Marge Jacobson Community Room. Learn how to download e-materials from our ‘Overdrive Catalog’ to your e-readers, smart phones, or other wireless devices. We will start out in the Community Room and break into groups according to which device you own. Moises Villasenior, Technology Training Assistant, Laura Smith and Jorie Nissen, Reference Librarians, will be helping you with the downloads.

Kindle Workshop

Kindle WorkshopThis Saturday, February 18, we will hold a Kindle workshop. Whether you use a classic Kindle, Kindle Touch, or Kindle Fire, join us in our computer lab from 2 to 4 PM for this troubleshooting and information sharing session. Learn how to download library books, as well as manage the items on your Amazon Kindle account. Attendance is limited to 20 people, so arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the program to ensure your seat. Hope to see you there! 

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