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How to download an EPUB ebook to your Android

January 4, 2011

It seems as if all the buzz is about eReaders lately. Well, how about smart phones? Can’t those be eReaders too?

Yes, of course they can!

I have an Android handy at the moment so I’ll go through a step-by-step process on how to download an ebook to your Android.

Grab your Android and your library card and let’s get started!

It helps to have the book you plan on downloading to your Android already in your eCart so we’ll start there.

With your browser (either your computer, laptop, smartphone, etc) find the book you want to download from the library’s digital website and check it out on your library card. Make sure the book you want is available in “Adobe EPUB eBook” or “Adobe PDF ebook” format.

NOTE: Adobe EPUB format will allow you to download the ebook directly to your Android, there will be extra steps with the Adobe PDF ebook format.

Today, we’ll download an ebook with the EPUB format. I’ll explain the extra steps for the Adobe PDF ebook in another post.

I chose the ebook All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, available as an Adobe EPUB ebook.

Click on “Add to eCart” and then follow the instructions to check out the book with your library card. When you get to the “Download” screen, stop.

Now we need to download the Overdrive software to your Droid.

If you are on your Droid, go to the Droid Market and search for “Overdrive Media Console” and download the app.

If you are on a computer, go to this site: and scan the QR code (you know, that weird looking black and white square) with your barcode scanner on your Droid. If you don’t have the barcode scanner, you can download that app from the Droid Market for free.

Ok, now that you have Overdrive installed on your Droid, let’s get that book downloaded so you have something to read while waiting for the bus.

Go to the Overdrive app on your Droid and click the menu button.

Choose “App Settings.”

Scroll down to where it says “eBook Options.” There will be a place for you to authorize your device with your Adobe ID. If you don’t have one, you can get one from the Adobe site.

Enter in your Adobe ID and then click the “Authorize” button. Now you’re ready to download your ebook.

Hit the menu button on your Droid again and from that menu, choose “Get Books.”

On the next screen hit “Add a Website.”

Enter in the library’s zip code, in our case it’s “55904.” For some strange reason, my Droid picked up a library in California and one in Minnesota. Hmmmm. Anyway, choose the Rochester Public Library that says it’s from Minnesota. Unless you aren’t from Minnesota, then enter in your respective library’s zip code. Or you can browse for your library. Browsing is pretty cool because it shows the flags from each country and state, if you’re interested in that kind of thing.  But I digress.

After choosing your library, tap on the little star on the left. This will mark your library as a favorite and will keep it in the “Get Books” list so you don’t have to do this step again unless you’re adding another library.

Then tap on the library name and it will magically take you back to the Overdrive Mobile site.

Choose “My eAccount” and then log in on the next screen.

Choose “My eShelf” and voilà ! there is the ebook that you previously checked out.

The EPUB ebook is available to download directly from this screen.

After you push “Download,” your Droid will go back to Overdrive and it will show your ebook with another “Download” button. Push that one too and it will bring you to another screen with the parts of the book that are available to download. Audiobooks come in many parts and you can choose which parts to download but eBooks are smaller files so probably only have one or maybe two parts. Push “Download” again and it will bring you to a screen with instructions on how to navigate your ebook in the Overdrive system.

You are now ready to read your ebook!

Remember, ebooks “return to the library” on their own so there is no way you can get overdue books. If you need more time with the book, you can check it out again. If the book is already checked out, you can eReserve it and you will get an email when your ebook is available.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. alex permalink
    March 19, 2012 12:03 pm

    After choosing GetBooks there is no add a website only add a library. Why?

    • March 26, 2012 4:32 pm

      I am told that the add a library choice will bring you to our mobile site. Let me know if this doesn’t work for you.

  2. mad dog permalink
    March 13, 2012 6:50 pm

    Thanks you just saved me a lot of time!

  3. February 15, 2012 3:06 pm

    thank you for this, now I can get library books as well as the ones I have bought! Wow!!!!!

  4. December 30, 2011 9:42 am

    Android devices that are lacking the Market, such as eReaders, can download OverDrive Media Console directly from the OverDrive website. I have this running on a Kindle Fire, but I have not tested it on the Android-based Nooks.

    You may have to enable installing applications from non-Market sources before installation. To do this on the Kindle Fire, go to “Settings”–>”More”–>”Device”–>”allow installation of applications”. On a standard Android device, this setting would be at “Settings”–>”Applications”–>”Unknown sources”.

    On your device’s web browser, go to , check “Android”, and click on “download OverDrive Media Console for Android from OverDrive.”

    After installing, follow the instructions above to set things up.

  5. November 22, 2011 10:06 am

    Oops, thank you for pointing that out!

  6. Plastic Bertrand permalink
    November 22, 2011 8:53 am

    I think you meant to say “voilà,” not “viola.” A viola is a musical instrument.

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