Downloading eBooks

How do I download eBooks?

If you have never checked out and downloaded eBooks or audio from the Plymouth Public Library before, please visit Over Drive Help to learn the basics and get any software that you may need.  Before you can transfer eBooks to your devices, you must download software to your personal computer or tablet. Borrowing eBooks and downloadables requires the installation of software that associates the loan with your computer or other device.   Those software files need to be accessed through the Over Drive Media Console.  Kindle users do not need to download any additional software, but to check out ePub books (for Nook eReaders and other devices), you will also need to download and install Adobe Digital Editions. This software is available at the OverDrive site.   If you are using a tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, or Nook tablet), you can download the Overdrive Media Console App directly to your mobile device.    

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to browse and download titles.

If you are using an eReader Kindle or Nook, start on your computer and click here to access the Over Drive catalogue.  Click to sign in (at the top left of the page) using your library card number and PIN.  (Signing in will allow you to view titles which Plymouth has purchased in addition to those generally available in the Old Colony Library Network).  Click on “Search” to browse the collection.  Our collection includes many popular fiction and non-fiction titles for readers of all ages.  Books can be downloaded and read on many devices, including Kindles, Nooks, Sony Readers, iPads, Android tablets, and many smartphones.  Audiofiles  can also be transferred to iPods and MP3 players.

Up to 10 books may be checked out to your account at a time.  The lending period is 14 days.  You don’t need to worry about returning the books; they automatically become inactive after 14 days, returning to the collection so that someone else may borrow them.  If you want to return a book early, however, you can do so.  If you have borrowed a Kindle book, sign into your Amazon account and go to Manage My Kindle and find the ebook in the My Library list. Click on the Return this book option under the Actions menu.  To return a book from your Nook,  open Adobe Digital Editions on the computer where you downloaded the eBook. Click on the Library View. Titles you have downloaded appear on the right. Click on the small triangle in the upper left corner of the title. Select Return Borrowed Item on the list of options. A dialogue box will pop up. Click Return. The eBook will disappear from your bookshelf in Adobe Digital Editions. The next time you log into Overdrive, the eBook will be checked in, and your account will be updated. If you don’t return the book early, it will expire on its due date.

We have prepared step-by-step instructions for iPadsKindles, and Nooks.  For your Kindle, you can also consult Amazon’s Public Library Books for Kindle page.

Please contact us at the Reference Desk with any further questions.

Download our mobile app to access eBooks

PPL Mobile editPlymouth Public Library to go! There is an app to access the library on your smartphone and/or tablet.

With PPL to Go you can search the catalog, place holds, renew books, get library event information and more. If you come across a book, DVD, or CD you like and want to find out if it’s available at the library, this App lets you scan the barcode to see if we have it. Try it!

Using this app, you can also access and download digitial books directly from Overdrive.boopsiess

Available from the iTunes app store for iPhones.

Available from Google play for Android phones and devices.

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