Downloading eBooks on your Nook

Nook Color, or Nook Tablet with wireless

For instructions on reading titles in the browser, click here.

For Nook HD or HD+ instructions, see Downloading eBooks to your mobile device.

The instructions below are for the OverDrive app:

  1. To download the OverDrive app, search for “OverDrive” in the App Store.  It is free.  Follow the instructions to complete the download.
  2. Open the OverDrive app.
  3. Touch the menu button at the bottom (the icon is three stacked horizontal lines).
  4. Touch App Settings at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Authorize your device with your library card number, social media account, or OverDrive account.  (If you authorize through OverDrive, it will sync your progress in ebooks across devices; the other two options will not.)
  6. Touch the menu button and then the Get Books button.
  7. Touch "Add a Library" at the bottom.
  8. Select your library by entering “Alachua County Library District” or your zip code, then tapping your library from the resulting list.  Tap the star to mark this library as a favorite (so you won’t have to complete this step again).
  9. You will now see the library’s digital OverDrive collection. 
  10. Sign in to adjust your lending periods (one time only). Tap the three books near the top right to sign in. Once signed in, tap settings, then select your preferred lending periods.
  11. Select a title to download. Checked in items show "Available" above the book cover; items that are checked out show either "Wait list" if  you don't have the title on hold or "On hold" if you do.  Click Available now if you want a title to download right away.
  12. Tap the Borrow button beneath the cover. Tap the Loans link.
  13. Tap Choose a format and select EPUB format.
  14. When your book is done downloading, tap the menu button and then the bookshelf. 
  15. Select the book you want to read.  Enjoy!

To return your eBook early in the OverDrive app:

  1. On the Nook Color, go to your app's bookshelf, touch the + symbol to the right of the title you want to return early.
    On the Nook Tablet, go to your app's bookshelf and touch and hold the cover of the title you want to return early.
  2. Touch "Return/Delete."
  3. Choose "Return then Delete."
  4. The eBook is returned and deleted!

For additional help, visit OverDrive Help from within OverDrive.

Nooks without wireless, or which cannot run apps

If you do not have wireless, or do not have a Nook HD, Nook Color or a Nook Tablet, you will have to sideload your OverDrive eBooks:

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions, by visiting:  http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ 
  2. Click Download now.  Follow the instructions to download and install.
  3. Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, it will open.
  4. To read eBooks from the library, you will need to authorize your computer using your Adobe ID and password.  Click Help then Authorize Computer.  If you do not have an Adobe User ID (most people don’t), you will select the Create an Adobe ID link to create one (it’s free).  
  5. After you’ve created your Adobe ID and password, go back to Adobe Digital Editions.  Enter your Adobe ID and password, then click Authorize.
  6. Open your web browser, and view our digital media in our OverDrive Collection ( http://www.aclib.us/overdrive ).
  7. Sign in to adjust your lending periods (one time only). Click the three books near the top right to sign in. Once signed in, click settings, then select your preferred lending periods.
  8. Select a title to download. Checked in items show "Available" above the book cover; items that are checked out show either "Wait list" if you don't have the title on hold or "On hold" if you do.  Click Available now if you want a title to download right away.
  9. When you find a title you want to checkout, click Borrow beneath the cover.  Click the Loans link.
  10. Tap Choose a format and select EPUB format.
  11. Adobe Digital Editions will automatically open.  Click "Library," located in the upper-left corner.
  12. Click and drag the book cover to your Nook bookshelf (which is located above your other bookshelves on the left-hand side).
  13. Close Adobe Digital Editions, safely eject your Nook, and unplug your USB.  Find your title on your Nook by looking under the My Library, then My Documents (sometimes it is labeled My Files). Enjoy reading!

To return your eBook early in Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer
  2. Click "Library," located in the upper-left corner.
  3. Right-click the book you want to return, and select Return Borrowed Item.  The eBook is returned from your computer! 
  4. Plug your Nook into the computer, and from your Nook bookshelf, click the arrow and select Return Borrowed Item, just like you did in the steps above.  The eBook is returned from your Nook!
  5. The eBook is returned and deleted!

For additional help, visit OverDrive Help from within OverDrive.