eBook Site Tips — Downloading Files

As you may have noticed, OverDrive has updated our eBook website (http://ebooks.kdl.org) to a whole new look! Since there are a number of changes, we’ll be highlighting some tips for navigating the new site here on the KDL blog over the next few days. Here’s our first topic:


I’ve checked something out, but I don’t see a Download button anymore – where did it go?


For eBooks, you’ll see the following reading options next to the book cover once you have checked it out (note that not all of these may be listed, depending on the individual title):

  • Download EPUBGet for Kindle
    Kindle users will obviously want to choose this. The Kindle process works just like it always has.

  • Read (In your browser)
    This is a new “OverDrive READ” format. If you are using a tablet or other device with a modern (color) web browser, choose this to open the book right in your browser. This means no downloading and no Adobe ID registration required! And if you add the book to your bookmarks or favorites once it has opened, it will still be available even if you have to go offline (like if you’re flying or out of wi-fi / cell data range).

  • Other format(s)
    This is where to find the EPUB format for downloading (still needed by those with “black & white” eReaders like the NOOK Simple Touch & Kobo.) Once you select “EPUB eBook” from the drop-down menu, the file download should begin and you can open it in Adobe Digital Editions and transfer it as normal.


For audiobooks, you’ll just see the “Other format(s)” drop-down box. Once you select either MP3 or WMA format, the file should automatically begin downloading into the OverDrive Media Console software.

Download Audiobooks


Learn more about the eBook website changes by reading the FAQ page, which also includes a helpful demo video.

Questions? Give us a call at 616-784-2007 or fill out the Support Request Form.

Happy Downloading!

Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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